The city was incorporated in 1988 but its history goes well beyond that. Hesperia has an old and interesting past with Spanish settlers in the 1780’s and later the westward travelers of the Mormon Trail. The settlement of Hesperia goes back even further with the Serrano Indians who called the area Topipa.
Like other communities in The Victor Valley, big changes came with the arrival of the railroad- The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe which provided Hesperia’s first industry selling juniper wood to bakers in Los Angeles.
Hesperia has its own man-made lake (Hesperia Lake Park) on the southeastern edge of the town with plenty of hiking in the vicinity. The Town of Hesperia hosts several activities here including the annual Hesperia Day event. Camping and fishing are also permitted here, as well as Day Camp and various junior sports leagues. Hesperia’s own golf course is known for its narrow fairways and fast greens. During the 50s and 60s, this course was a stop along the PGA Golf Tour. The course runs from the rift between the “mesa” and the adjoining land on the other side.
Today, Hesperia has become known, not only for affordable housing and good schools but, also for the pleasant desert climate, clean air, beautiful scenery, beautiful sunsets and a real hometown vibe.