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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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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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The Lone Pine Area

Mobius Arch & Mt. Whitney

Mobius Arch & Mt. Whitney

There’s a sleepy little town named Lone Pine that offers such a myriad of recreational opportunities for the everyday person to enjoy, it’s amazing that it remains a quaint little town. Even more amazing is that it’s only a 2 to 4 hour drive away from a population of 22 million people – the draw of Southern California.

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Mojave Desert Wildflowers

Mojave Aster

Mojave Aster

We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers” but that concept doesn’t usually hold true here in our desert. By May, it’s too hot for wildflowers!

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Forgotten Path of Route 66 in the Cajon Pass

Road cut dug in 1860s

Road cut dug in 1860s

There is a forgotten road that passes through California’s Cajon Pass that was originally a wagon toll road built in 1861 and, later, was used by many people that also traveled early Route 66. Today, there are no signs pointing out this historic road or its connection to the Mother Road, but you’ll see evidence of where it once existed.

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Route 66 From Helendale to Barstow

Route 66 north of Helendale

Route 66 north of Helendale

In its day, Route 66 was a lonely road.  There are not too many places close to Los Angeles where you can still experience that same lonely road. However, we know of one place that you can easily get to and feel like you’re the only person on Route 66.

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