Apple Valley (California)

Apple Valley is a city in California's San Bernardino County.


Apple Valley is located at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert and thus has hot summer days in the upper 90s, cold winter nights in the mid 30s, and little rain.

Despite the name, there are no apple orchards in the city. Prior to World War II, the city was known for growing award winning apples. The local apple crops were decimated by three devastating years of fungal infection and extreme weather in the mid 1940s. Ironically, the Postal Service approved the name "Apple Valley" for the local post office in 1949, after destruction of most of the local orchards and the end of the commercial apple industry in the area.

Apple Valley was a rustic resort destination for Hollywood celebrities and moguls from the 1940's to the 1960's. The most famous of these celebrities were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who starred in many western films and television shows from the 1930s to the 1950s and chose the town as their retirement home and final resting place.

The town incorporated in the late 1980's along with most of the High Desert region. While technically a city by San Bernardino County's requirements, Apple Valley rejects the designation marketing itself as the "Town of Apple Valley". Since their incorporation, new housing developments filled in the streets with ranch and traditional house installations peppered along with the mid-20th century modern and usonian architectural designs between Hwy 18 and Bear Valley Road. Urban development began in the mid-2000's with big-box retail, chain restaurants and movie theaters appearing most recently.

Get in

By car

Apple Valley is located along State Route 18, about 7.5 miles (12 km) east of Interstate 15, midway between San Bernardino and Barstow. The sole I-15 exit within Apple Valley's town limits is Dale Evans Blvd., just north of Victorville. (Except for La Mesa/Nisqualli Rd., any Victorville I-15 exit will reach Apple Valley by heading east.)

By air

The nearest commercial airport is Ontario International Airport, 55 miles (88.5 km) southwest of Apple Valley in Ontario. Apple Valley has a public general aviation airport for private planes 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown Apple Valley.

By rail

Amtrak's Southwest Chief service stops in Victorville, about 7 miles (11 km) from Apple Valley. (See Victorville article for details.)

Get around



Watch movies at the Jess Ranch movie theater, located between Apple Valley Rd and Central Rd.

Go next

Routes through Apple Valley

Las Vegas Barstow  N  S  Victorville San Bernardino
Lancaster via Victorville  W  E  Big Bear Lake San Bernardino

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