Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

Scenic Spots in Mojave

Caruthers Canyon

About 5.5 miles west of Ivanpah Road on New York Mountains Road, then 2.7 miles north on an unigned road, Caruthers Canyon is located in the rugged New York Mountains. Surrounded by mountains rising over 7,500 feet, a botanical "island" of chaparral plants remains from wetter times of the ...

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Cima Dome & Joshua Tree Forest

The near-perfect symmetry of Cima Dome rises 1,500 feet above the surrounding desert and provides ideal habitat for the world's largest concentration of Joshua trees. Although the top of the dome is located west of Cima Road near the Teutonia Peak Trailhead, this unusual geologic feature is perhaps best ...

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Hole-in-the-Wall

The volcanic rock formations in the area make this a popular recreation site. Favorite activities in the area include camping, picnicking and hiking. Rock climbing on the volcanic rocks is not recommended because of their crumbly nature. Fall and spring are the most popular seasons for camping, with winter ...

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Kelso Dunes

This unique and isolated dune system rises more than 600 feet above the desert floor. The dunes were created by southeast winds blowing finely grained residual sand from the Mojave River sink, which lies to the northwest. The dunes' color is created from many golden rose quartz particles. When ...

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Lanfair Valley

South of the New York Mountains along Ivanpah and Lanfair roads, this high valley shelters an impressive joshua tree forest and was an early ranching and homesteading center. From 1893 until 1923, the Nevada Southern Railway ran up the valley from Goffs, Calif., providing services to homesteaders and ranchers ...

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Mid Hills

About 2 miles west of Black Canyon Road at the north end of Wild Horse Canyon Road, Mid Hills supports pinyon-juniper woodland habitat. The effects of a fire that swept through the area in June 2005 are still evident, although several campsites in the popular campground still contain shady ...

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Rock Springs

A well-known watering hole for early travelers, Rock Springs is located 5.2 miles east of Black Canyon Road on Cedar Canyon Road, then 0.25 miles south on a sandy, unmarked road (four-wheel drive recommended). Camp Rock Springs, a military redoubt established in 1866 to protect travelers and mail, was ...

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Zzyzx Road/Soda Springs

Self-guiding trail, wayside exhibits, vault toilets, non-potable water, picnic area. Historically known as Soda Springs and later renamed Zzyzx (pronounced Zye-Zix), this oasis is home to the California State University Desert Studies Center. The buildings and pond were developed in the 1940s by Curtis Springer, who operated a health resort ...

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