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Titus Canyon Road Trip

Titus Canyon Narrows

Titus Canyon is one of Death Valley’s most distinctive canyons with a dirt road that passes through some beautiful desert mountain scenery, an extremely narrow canyon and is part of some unscrupulous Death Valley history. It is also one of the most popular off-road adventures in the Park.

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Walking Around the Mojave Narrows

Walking thru Mojave Narrows

Walking thru Mojave Narrows

In the center of the High Desert’s Victor Valley is one of the largest riparian zones in the Mojave Desert. Known as the Mojave Narrows, it is often overlooked as a place to escape our busy, day-to-day lives and enjoy some of the nearby nature that our region has to offer.

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A Visit to Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater

Combine this hike into the center of a volcanic cinder cone, along with a road trip over a desolate stretch of old Route 66 and you’ll enjoy a full day of desert exploring. If you like being far away from populated areas (like us), then this remote region of the Mojave Desert is for you. It offers some of the most spacious and unobstructed viewscapes of the open desert terrain.

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Riding the Historical California Zephyr Dome Car Down the California Coast

California Zephyr Vista Dome Railcar

California Zephyr Vista Dome Railcar

Now we’re going to go on a different kind of “road” trip. This trip is going to be on a railroad. We’re going on a nostalgic journey along the California coastline, from Oakland to Los Angeles, aboard an historic domed railcar that used to be part of the famed California Zephyr.

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2N33 Pilot Rock Road, Riding High Over Silverwood Lake

2N33, Pilot Rock Road

2N33, Pilot Rock Road

Where the Mojave Desert meets the San Bernardino Mountains, there are a number of unknown back roads where you can enjoy the transition from the desert vegetation to the mountain shrubbery.

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Cima Road in the Mojave National Preserve

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Driving up Cima Road

The Mojave National Preserve only has a handful of paved roads into its interior and Cima Road is one of them. There are lots of things to see and do along this road and, for those who travel the I-15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, it can provide a nice break from what is often a monotonous and traffic-congested drive.

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Calico Mountains Road Trip

Touring the Calicos

Touring the Calicos

The Calico Mountains near Barstow offer a treasure trove of hiking and opportunities for exploring back roads, along with unusual geologic formations and classic California mining history. Best known for the Calico Ghost Town, not many people are aware of what lies behind the famous ghost town.

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Harvey House in Barstow

Barstow's Harvey House

Barstow’s Harvey House

A stone’s throw away from that popular historic road known as Route 66 and a little north of downtown Barstow lies one of the more historic gems that the Mojave Desert region has to offer – the Harvey House.

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Back Road from Apple Valley to Big Bear

Coxey Road near Big Pine Campground

Coxey Road near Big Pine Campground

Are you looking for a classic back road adventure in Southern California?  There are several in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake but one road trip in particular stands out because of its Joshua-to-Pine tree scenery.

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Garrapata State Park near Monterey

View from Garrapata State Park

View from Garrapata State Park

If you need a cool escape from the summer heat and want to enjoy some classic California coastline, Garrapata State Park near Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey is a great place to cool off.

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