Hesperia is located in the South west area of the Victor Valley and has its own manmade lake (Hesperia Lake Park) on the southeastern edge of the town. This lake holds various town activities and events. Camping and fishing are permitted here, as well as day camp and various junior leagues for sports. Hesperia also has its own airport that handles small private airplanes and offers homes located on the runway. Hesperia’s golf course is known for its narrow fairways and fast greens and during the 50s and 60s this course was on the PGA Golf Tour. The course runs from the rift between the “mesa” and the adjoining land on the other side. To the east of Hesperia, the Mojave River runs from South to North and mainly runs underground although the river bed is usually dry, it will surface above ground when the High Desert experiences heavy rain. The City of Victorville borders the north side of Hesperia, and the Town of Apple Valley borders the east.
Hesperia grew relatively slowly until the completion of US Routes 66, 91, and 395 in the 1940s followed by Interstate 15 in the late 1960s. A total of 30 square miles of land was laid out for possible residential development. In the early 1950s, land developer M. Penn Phillips and his silent financial partner, the famous boxer Jack Dempsey, financed the building of roads and land subdivisions, promoting lot sales on television. They built the Hesperia Inn and golf course which attracted a variety of Hollywood celebrities. The Hesperia Inn also housed the Jack Dempsey Museum. But the main wave of newcomers arrived at Hesperia in the 1980s. Suburban growth transformed the small town of 5,000 people in 1970 to a moderate-sized community of over 60,000 by the year 2000. The city is now home to an estimated 92,755 residents as reported by the 2015 census. Tapestry is a new master planned community that was recently approved and is expected to develop in the Las Flores Ranch and Summit Valley area soon.