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Mojave National Preserve Barstow

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Mojave National Preserve
2701 Barstow Road
Barstow
CA
92311
Tel: (760) 252-6100

Where are we going today?

Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts.
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Visitors to Mojave National Preserve should expect bright, clear skies, seasonally strong winds, and wide fluctuations in day-night temperatures. At low elevations, temperatures above 100 degrees F. typically begin in May and can last into October..

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    The Most Prehistoric place I've ever SEEN! I love black canyon road and the hole in the wall campground. There's bulls out there with long brown horns. Scary. I would love to go back and make a video of me hiking. Its it the middle of nowhere but there's still people driving by every hour. I do roadside camping. Its free. I Love kelso sima road. I feel like a cavewoman. Best escape from the city. I just need a vehicle. I would love to revisit soon.

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    I've been to the preserve multiple times. If you like primitive camping, there are great spots to pitch a tent and enjoy the quite of the desert. Just remember you have to bring everything you need, and pack everything out. The best time to visit the preserve is in the Fall or early Spring. The best way to view the preserve is on the Mojave Trail driving a 4X4 vehicle. The Trail is rated easy to moderate, nothing hard. Best to go in a group in case of break downs. My personal favorite place is Caruthers Canyon. Off of New York Mountain...Read More

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    the only reason the gov't made this a "preserve" is so they can stop ppl from hunting for gold and gemstones here. now only the bureaucrats that work for the gov't can dig for gold here. welcome to the land of the free to do exactly what the gov't tells u to do

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    Beautiful place, the roads are rough and there's no gas station in sight so I suggest you fill up beforehand.

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    I love it here. It's an awesome way to get away from people and society and enjoy some Mojave Desert solitude. Can't wait to go back!

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by Michael LaFleur

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I've been to the preserve multiple times. If you like primitive camping, there are great spots to pitch a tent and enjoy the quite of the desert. Just remember you have to bring everything you need, and pack everything out. The best time to visit the preserve is in the Fall or early Spring. The best way to view the preserve is on the Mojave Trail driving a 4X4 vehicle. The Trail is rated easy to moderate, nothing hard. Best to go in a group in case of break downs. My personal favorite place is Caruthers Canyon. Off of New York Mountain Road, it's at an elevation of about 5800 feet. Beautiful geology, but can get quite cold at night depending on what weather is blowing in (including snow). Yes it snows in the desert.

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