In just one week, 10 million people have caught “Pokemon Go” fever, and High Desert residents are not immune.

As local players of all ages are enjoying the new app and bonding over their love for the small cartoon characters, others try to seek out the best spots to capture new Pokemon and collect items. Several Facebook groups specific to "Pokemon Go" players in the High Desert have cropped up, the largest of which topped 1,000 members in less than 72 hours, group creator Dillon Bradley said.

Given the craze, the Daily Press staff set out to capture a few Pokemon of their own, and with the help of dozens of local players compiled a list of places in the Victor Valley deemed to be "the very best."

1. Hesperia Civic Plaza Park

Looking to take the kids out for a day in the park while searching for Pokemon? Look no further than Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, which has been deemed the most popular spot for “Pokemon Go” players. Located at 15833 Smoke Tree St. in Hesperia, this Pokemon goldmine offers a variety of characters and Pokestops to collect items. It is also a great place to make new friends as you walk around in search of these creatures and capture them.

“All that we ask is that Pokemon players observe park rules, be safe and have a good time outside,” said Hesperia Recreation and Park District General Manager Lindsay Woods. “This is another example of how parks make life better.” The park is open from dawn to dusk.

Number of gyms: Three

Number of Pokestops: Approximately 10-15

2. Victor Valley College

For those in need of a study break, the Victor Valley College campus is a treasure trove of Pokemon for young students to explore. Located at 18422 Bear Valley Road in Victorville, the campus, which closes at 11 p.m., is not only ideal for Pokemon hunting, but also a great spot to reload on Pokeballs and collect items to strengthen them.

Number of gyms: Three

Number of Pokestops: Approximately 10

3. Victor Valley Museum

Players can take a trip to the Victor Valley Museum in hopes of catching more Pokemon while enjoying all the local history the building has to offer young players. Local player Sergio Meza joined many others in suggesting the museum.

“I would have to say the (museum) is the best place to pass the time and catch Pokemon. I would think there’s seven stops alone in the parking lot, plus people always set up lures,” said Meza, referring to modules that players can place in certain spots to attract Pokemon. Meza added that when he visited, there were more than 150 people at the museum.

Located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley, the museum, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, is surrounded by tons of Pokeshops for players to restock Pokeballs, as well as interact with other people with similar interests in both Pokemon and history.

Number of gyms: One

Number of Pokestops: Approximately seven

4. Apple Valley Civic Center Park

Similar to Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, Apple Valley Civic Center Park is a great place to capture Pokemon while going out for a walk with the family or socializing with fellow trainers. Located at 14955 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley, the park, which is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., has a wide grassy field that provides players with the perfect opportunity to seek out and catch Pokemon like an Ekans or a Paras.

Number of gyms: Three

Number of Pokestops: Approximately six

Staff Writer Charity Lindsey can be reached at 760-951-6245 or Follow her on Twitter @DP_Charity.

Monica Solano can be reached at or at 760-951-6231. Follow her on Twitter @DP_MonicaInes.