10 Things to Do in Adelanto That You Shouldn't Miss

September 8, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Adelanto is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It is about 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Victorville in the Victor Valley area of the Mojave Desert, known as the northern region of the Inland Empire. The population was 31,765 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Adelanto

1. The California Route 66 Museum

16825 S D St, Victorville, CA 92395-3207 +1 760-951-0436
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

The California Route 66 Museum

Reviewed By Jim K - Indio, California

Make sure yo see this to relive some of the Route 66 good old days. Plenty of items on display as well as pictures of Victorville and Retail Items. The place is Fantastic. Good for the entire family. The staff is extremely knowledgeable on the area. No fee but leave a donation to keep it going. Also info on George Army Air Base.

2. Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch

24266 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, CA 92368-9729
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch

Reviewed By Chuck8700 - Riverside, California

I went to the Bottle Tree Ranch with a group of photographers to photograph the displays. We spent about three hours on the property and even spoke with Elmer. There were lots of visitors including international visitors. Well worth the time spent. Admission is free.

3. Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

8545 Buttemere Rd, Phelan, CA 92371-6906 +1 760-868-2755
Excellent
47%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Reviewed By Paul S - Costa Mesa, California

My wife has been wanting to visit this attraction for awhile now and we finally made the time and drove up during the week between Christmas and New years. This is a privately run operation that takes in rescues and other unwanted animals from owners or wildlife officers who cannot otherwise place the animal. Our tour was provided by Joel, the founder and owner. You can read all about them on their website so rather than reiterate what is there, here's some items from our experience that might come in handy.

Geting There:

The last couple of miles is over an unimproved dirt road. We visited a couple of days after a heavy storm had dumped snow and rain into the area and the road had some water ruts and small washed out areas. I have a four-wheel drive vehicle and didn't have difficulty. Standard mini-vans and passenger cars can handle this road, just drive carefully.

There aren't a whole lot in the way of services in the general area. Plan ahead on fuel and food. While it's not "in the middle of nowhere", options are limited until you get back into Palmdale or Lancaster (or Wrightwood).

Book a tour directly through their website and skip the middleman (a.k.a Groupon). The price is equal to or slightly less than the middle-men sites. Additionally, the tour will give you the best option on hearing about the facility and the backstories on a lot of these animals. Our tour, while scheduled for an hour actually ran almost two hours as Joel has a lot to share.

Bring a camera. Definitely.

Oh, and if you visit during winter, bring a jacket. I don't think the temperature got above 45F while we were visiting and there were still patches of snow in shady areas. It was lightly windy as well which made it that much colder.

For what it's worth, you might also consider purchasing the additional "feed the animal options". Expensive but fun and, what the hey, you're supporting a private operation.

This is one family's passion - to rescue unwanted animals - so yes, it might be a bit expensive but you're supporting a worth while cause. They run entirely off donations and volunteer help. Total time with the tour and wandering around afterwards was about 2.5 hours.

4. Mavericks Stadium

12000 Stadium Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301-3400
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Mavericks Stadium

Reviewed By craigclark - Columbus, Ohio

I knew that over the upcoming couple of week of work travel this would be the only chance that I would get to see the Mavericks play at home. I made the 40 or so minute drive up from my hotel in Rancho Cucamonga, with a few stops on the way, and got there early enough to watch some batting practice from outside the stadium.

Tickets were fairly inexpensive, I paid $10 for front row behind the Mavericks dugout, other tickets were $8, I believe.

It was a beautiful Friday night, too bad more people weren't there. I hope the attendance picks up for them. Plenty of action on the field in between innings. The mascot was pretty visible for the kids and other fans. Food was reasonably priced.

I really liked that this stadium didn't have too much netting as a lot of minor league parks are starting to do now. In some places the netting extends well beyond the dugout and at another stadium that I went to this trip, the netting extends around the field

5. Cinemark Jess Ranch

18935 Bear Valley Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92308-2713 +1 706-247-5871
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Cinemark Jess Ranch

Reviewed By A5637LYdavidh - Victorville, United States

Great place for the whole family! Also they now serve adult beverages. Theaters are clean and the seats recline and are very comfortable. There is plenty of room in the isle so even if you have your seat reclined, there is still plenty of room for others to pass without having to move your seat, stand or get your legs squished.
They also support the movie pass.

6. The Mall of Victor Valley

14400 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA 92392-5470 +1 760-241-3145
Excellent
22%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

The Mall of Victor Valley

Reviewed By 24ktgold - Victorville, California

I even used to manage at this mall for many years but there is no growth..extreme over pricing for things like Santa and Easter Bunny visits with photos. No security teams keeping watch. The variety of stores is terrible. But on the high side you have fabulous store who treat the customers great such as Barnes and Nobel, JCPenny and Hot Topic even Sees Candies is great but do to higher prices is low on clients. Red Robin's is the best place to eat there and the local movie theatre is terrific.

7. El Mirage Lake

20471 Mountain View Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301 +1 760-388-4411
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

El Mirage Lake

Reviewed By SoCalOregonian - Murrieta, California

El Mirage dry lake bed has been home to Land Speed Racing (LSR) for more than half a century. The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) was born here. Great place to watch competitors seek the elusive speed.

8. Lona's Treasures

19248 National Trails Hwy Unit D, Old Route 66, Oro Grande, CA 92368-9604 +1 951-201-1218
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Lona's Treasures

Reviewed By RonZeee

A very cute shop to pick up a gift for someone special and stretch your legs while on your journey. Visit the other shops in the building while you are there.

9. Cal Earth Homes

10177 Baldy Ln, Hesperia, CA 92345-4672 +1 760-956-7533
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Cal Earth Homes

Reviewed By TravelinAlan - Los Angeles, California

Amazing place to visit. What a concept! Using sand bags to build a home.
The place is a real eye opener as to what is possible with the most simple of building materials.
Entry is free, but after you experience it, you will make a donation.
Check their web site about the communal lunch.

10. Cinemark 16 Victorville

14470 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA 92392-5474
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Cinemark 16 Victorville

Reviewed By teresa w - Los Angeles, California

If you want to cool off in the Inland Empire on a summer day, see a movie here. Nice multi-plex. Great for the kids with the arcade and all you want to eat while watching a movie at the snack bar. They even have STARBUCK'S coffee. Saw 'STAR TRECK' in 3D! Loved it!!! Comfortable and clean! Not a bad seat in the theater! Average price. In the Victor Valley Mall. Plenty of parking. Near the 15 Freeway. On the way to Las Vegas. Relax and enjoy!

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