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Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

Rose-colored sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and mile-high mountains are all part of the scene at Mojave National Preserve. Located in the heart of the Mojave Desert, this new park was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. The Preserve encompasses 1.6 million acres of mountains, jumble rocks, desert washes, and dry lakes; outdoor enthusiasts appreciate the opportunity for solitude here not easily found at other southern California parks.

Plant and animal life varies by elevation. Desert tortoises burrow in creosote bush flats, while the black and yellow Scott?s oriole nests in Joshua trees higher up the slopes. Mule deer and bighorn sheep roam among pinyon pine and juniper in the Preserve?s many mountain ranges.

Mojave Desert experiences change with the seasons. Infrequent winter snows sparkle on the mountains. With enough moisture, spring wildflowers carpet the desert with vivid colors. Summers are hot; hikers and campers explore the higher elevations such as Mid-Hills and the New York Mountains. The cooler temperatures of fall mark hunting season. A network of dirt roads offer year round opportunities to explore by 4-wheel drive vehicle.

 
Directions: Plane - The nearest airports are in Ontario, CA (140 miles from the western boundary of the Preserve) and Las Vegas, NV (60 miles from the eastern boundary of the Preserve).

Car - The Preserve is easily reached via I-15 or I-40 east of Barstow, CA, and west of Needles, CA and Las Vegas, NV. There are six freeway exits that provide visitor access.


Mojave National Preserve
Superintendent, Mojave National Preserve
222 E. Main St., Suite 202
Barstow, CA, USA
Headquarters (760)255-88
Official Website
National Park Service
National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov
 • Auto Touring
 • Bike Riding
 • Climbing
 • Educational
 • Camping
 • Hiking
 • Horseback Riding
 • Hunting
 • Picnic
 • Wildlife Viewing


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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge -
Little Panoche Dam - Los Banos
Bradshaw Trail - North Palm Springs
New Hogan Lake - Valley Spring
Lake Kaweah - Lemon Cove
Martis Creek Lake - Smartville
Cachuma Lake - Santa Barbara
Carson Pass Information Station - Placerville
Folsom S. Canal Rec. Trail - Folsom
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