Discover the unique factors that make the Victor Valley region a highly desirable place to live, work and play.
The Victor Valley region offers several distinct, universally appealing advantages – ample housing options, great schools and plenty of sunshine, for example – as well as countless outdoor recreation opportunities, perfect for those seeking an active lifestyle. In addition, many of the region’s communities are investing in infrastructure improvements as their populations continue to grow, helping to make commutes easier and more enjoyable than ever.
Ease of Mobility
Thanks to the City of Hesperia’s Capital Improvement Plan, getting around in the community is becoming smoother, faster and safer. Michael Blay, the city’s director of development services, says Ranchero Road – one of the city’s three main corridors – is slated for a variety of improvements, including widening and the addition of bike lanes. An adaptive traffic signal synchronization project was recently completed on the 5-mile stretch between 11th and I avenues on Main Street. A $246,000 grant from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District made the traffic signal project possible, Blay says.
“There are now cameras on each of the signal lights, and those cameras identify traffic patterns throughout the day and adjust the signals accordingly,” he says. “It’s a self-learning system, so as time goes by, it will adjust the timing of the lights so that people can get through Main Street faster.”
Blay also says portions of Main Street have been repaved, with other sections to be repaved in the future. A federal grant administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development enabled the city to install disability ramps at several Main Street intersections. In addition, the Hesperia City Council recently approved a plan to repave Santa Fe West and First Avenue in the community’s northeast quadrant.
“Due to more and more people moving in, we need to increase roadway capacity throughout the Victor Valley,” Blay says. “We realize that getting from point A to point B as quickly and hassle-free as possible is crucial for our citizens.”
Excellent Outdoor Amenities
The region’s proximity to winter sports destinations is yet another feather in its cap. Snow Valley Mountain Resort, located in Running Springs, is the oldest continually operating ski resort in Southern California and includes skiing and snowboarding trails for all skill levels. Nearby, the Big Bear area lays claim to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, which offer skiing and snowboarding. The area also is a popular spot in the summertime for hiking, biking and golf. The Victor Valley’s many outdoor opportunities give locals plenty of ways to enjoy the region’s fantastic weather. For example, cyclists can participate in the annual Victor Valley Bicycle Tour, which includes four routes of varying lengths in Hesperia. Apple Valley is home to long stretches of open road with limited traffic, making it a perfect place for biking.
“The Victor Valley is a fantastic area for cycling,” says Michele Rivas, Victor Valley Bicycle Tour board member and designer of the 2016 courses. “We have many open spaces with few traffic lights or stop signs. Our high elevation contributes to good air quality. With the San Gabriel Mountains on one side and the San Bernardino Mountains on another, riders are treated to breathtaking views.”
Hikers are in luck, too, with spots like the Juniper Flats area, located at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, and the Mojave Riverwalk in Victorville. Another favorite hiking destination is the region’s portion of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, which winds through Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area in Hesperia.
“The Victor Valley is a great area to enjoy the outdoors as there are many different places to explore, like lovely desert areas, foothills, mountains and the regional parks, both county and federal,” says Carol Wiley, vice chair of The Mojave Group of the Sierra Club, a conservation organization that promotes outdoor experiences and organizes group hikes. “There is the Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Park and many other Bureau of Land Management recreational areas. We also have great weather and beautiful night skies.”