Apple Valley can be found at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert with the San Bernardino Mountains gracing its southern boundary. Although the area is considered semi-arid with dry valleys surrounded by desert mountain ranges, it is not uncommon to get snow in the winter. Apple Valley was a rustic resort destination for Hollywood celebrities from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s and among them were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
Roy and Dale starred in many western movies and television shows from the period and chose Apple Valley as the best place to hang up their spurs. The modern founders of Apple Valley were Newton T. Bass and B.J. “Bud” Westlund. Westlund and Bass formed the Apple Valley Ranchos Land Co. in 1946 and marketed the area as a destination resort and quality residential community – “The Golden Land of Apple Valley”.
Today the Town of Apple Valley is known for its excellent schools, clean air and open spaces. St. Mary Medical Center serves the residents, and the quality of life amenities include 15 parks and two golf courses. Located less than 90 miles from Los Angeles, Apple Valley offers affordable housing, breathtaking scenery and a wealth of outdoor activities. Apple Valley is a great alternative to the overcrowding, sprawl, poor air quality, and long freeway commutes of the immense metro areas along those all too familiar interstate highways.