Cantil, California

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Unincorporated community
Cantil is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°18′32″N 117°58′06″W / 35.30889°N 117.96833°W / 35.30889; -117.96833Coordinates: 35°18′32″N 117°58′06″W / 35.30889°N 117.96833°W / 35.30889; -117.96833
Country United States
State California
County Kern County
Elevation[1] 2,018 ft (615 m)

Cantil is an unincorporated community in Kern County, California.[1] It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Saltdale,[2] at an elevation of 2018 feet (615 m).[1] Cantil is located in the northern Antelope Valley in the Fremont Valley section.

Cantil was founded as a station on the Nevada and California Railroad in 1908 or 1909 when the line was extended from Owens Lake to Mojave.[2] The name is Spanish for "steep rock", and is one of a series of "C" names chosen for this section of the line including Cambio, Cinco, and Ceneda.[3] The first post office opened in 1916.[2]

Its zip code is 93519, and it uses area codes 442 and 760.

Cantil is near the home of the former Honda Proving Center of California (HPCC), a test track used for testing new car models and motorcycles. Honda closed the test facility in April 2010. The large facility is for sale and plans for the test track have not been revealed.

Parts of scenes of Universal's 1932 horror film The Mummy were filmed here.[citation needed]

Cantil is also home to the Red Rock Elementary School and the Red Rock Community Day School, both of which help students who were not successful in the regular school system.

On October 31, 2014, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo VSS Enterprise crashed in the Mojave Desert near Cantil, killing one of the two pilots.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cantil has a cold desert climates, abbreviated "BWk" on climate maps.[4] Average rainfall is just 4.73 inches (12.01 cm). The highest temperature ever recorded in Cantil was 119°F (48.3°C) in 1972. The lowest temperature on record was 1 °F (−17 °C), recorded in 1963. The average daily high for January is 60°F (15.6°C), with average lows of 31°F (-0.5°C). High temperatures average 103°F (39.4°C) in July with average lows of 66°F (18.8°C).


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cantil, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1012. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Gudde, E.G.,California Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary, Berkeley, 1949.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Cantil, California