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Phelan CaliforniaThe Land of Champagne Climate
Spread across the desert foothills of the eastern San Gabriel Mountains, between elevations of 3,000 and 4,000 feet, is Phelan California, an unincorporated San Bernardino County community enjoying over 350 sunny and beautiful days each year.
Only 90 minutes from Los Angeles, 30 minutes from San Bernardino and 15 minutes from Victorville, Phelan stands out as a down to earth community filled with pride.
The rugged San Gabriel Mountains reach into the sky and provide a dramatic backdrop. Individual peaks, such as Wright, Pine and Table mountains define themselves as sentinels, keeping watch over this rural community.
The Mormon Trail cut through the plains and crossed over the edge of the Mojave Desert foothills of the West Cajon Valley to the south. Here the pioneers took apart their wagons and lowered them down into the canyons. They would camp at the Mormon Rocks before the final leg of their journey to San Bernardino and points beyond.
El Mirage Dry Lake and the Shadow Mountains lie at the northern edge of the valley. The hard-as-rock floor of the playa reflects the horizons to the east and west as if the lake bed were clear water, undisturbed and smooth as glass. Dust devils growing from the low sand dunes wander and gather together before dispersing their swirling spirit into the winds.