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National Parks and Monuments

Death Valley National Park
Devils Postpile National Monument
Joshua Tree National Park
-Day Trip 2: Cottonwood Springs in Joshua Tree NP
-Day Trip 3: Old Dale Road 4WD Jeep Trail
-Day Trip 5: Touring the Big Boulders at Joshua Tree NP
-Day Trip 10: Geology Road Tour at Joshua Tree NP
-Day Trip 11: The Cholla Cactus Garden at Joshua Tree NP
- Hiking Ryan Mountain at Joshua Tree NP

Mojave National Preserve
-Kelso Depot
-Mojave Road

Mojave Road Guide (Book)

Videos on the parks and cities.

California Facts

Capital: Sacramento
Land Area: 155,959 sq. miles
Population: 35,484,453
Counties: 58
Highest Point:
Mt. Whitney at 14,494 feet
Lowest Point:
Death Valley at -282 feet

California State And Regional Parks

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
(includes videos about park)
-Day Trip 1: The Wind Caves
-Day Trip #4: Coyote Canyon 4WD Trail
Bodie State Historic
Calico Ghost Town State Park
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Mitchell Caverns State Park
Palomar Mountain State Park
Red Rock Canyon State Park

Agua Caliente Regional Park
(San Diego)
Goose Flats Park (Riverside)
Lake Cahuilla RA (Riverside)
Mayflower Park (Riverside)
McIntyre Park (Riverside)
Mission Trails Park (San Diego)
Miller Park (Riverside)
Palo Verde Park (Riverside)
Placerita Canyon Natural Area (Los Angeles County)
Riviera Marina Park (Riverside)
Vallecito Regional Park (San Diego)

Recreation & Wilderness Areas

THE COLORADO RIVER - Index
BLM California Desert
OHV Areas
Afton Canyon Natural Area
(BLM)
Lara's Lane: Afton Canyon, the Call of Water
Alabama Hills (BLM)
Bigelow Cholla Garden (BLM)
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (BLM)
Bonanza Trail
Bradshaw Trail (BLM)
Bristol Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Cadiz Dunes Wilderness (BLM)
Cargo Muchacho Mountains
Calico Early Man Site(BLM)
Cleveland National Forest
Coachella Valley Preserve, CA
Darwin Falls Wilderness (BLM)
Dead Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Dos Palmas Preserve (BLM)
Dumont Dunes OHV Area (BLM)
El Paso Wilderness (BLM)
El Mirage OHV Area (BLM)
Fish Slough Area (BLM)
Fossil Canyon (BLM)
Fossil Falls(BLM)
Harper Lake (BLM)
Hauser Geode Beds.
Imperial Sand Dunes
(BLM)
Jawbone/Butterbredt Area (BLM)
Johnson Valley OHV Area (BLM)
Juniper Flats (BLM)
Kelso Dunes (BLM)
Last Chance Canyonmiddle (BLM)
McCain Valley (BLM)
Mesquite Mountains Wildernessmiddle (BLM)
Mt Whitney, Climbing
Mojave Road

North Algodones Dunes (BLM)
North Mesquite Wilderness (BLM)
Old Woman Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Ocotillo Wells State OHV Area
Opal Hill Mine - video
Owens Peak Wilderness Area
Painted Gorge (BLM)
Picachio State Recreation Area
Piute Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Plaster City Open Area (BLM)
Providence Mountains SRA
Pumpkin Patch video
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Rasor OHV Recreation Area (BLM)
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
Shell Canyon
(BLM)
San Bernardino National Forest
Sand Canyon (BLM)
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
National Monument (BLM) - A Morning Hike Along The Randall Henderson Trail (Palm Desert, CA)
Sequoia National Forest
Sheephole Valley Wilderness
Spangler Hills OHV Area (BLM)
Stateline Wilderness (BLM)
Stepladder Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Stoddard Valley OHV Area (BLM)
Superstition Mountain Open Area (BLM)
Trilobite Wilderness (BLM)
Trona Pinnacles (BLM)
-- Tufa Towers at Trona
Turtle Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Whipple Mountains
Wilderness (BLM)
Whitewater Preserve (Gateway to the San Gorgonio Wilderness):
--Daytripping at the Whitewater Preserve

--Wildflowers at the Whitewater Preserve
--Lara's Lane - A study in contrasts, Flower Photography at Whitewater Preserve
Yuha Basin Recreation Area
Yuha Desert OHV Area (BLM

Cities & Towns

Amboy,California
Apple Valley, California
Baker, California
Ballarat, California
Bishop, California
Big Pine, California
Bodie, California
Boron, California
Barstow, California
Blythe, California
Borrego Springs, California
Brawley, California
Bridgeport, California
Desert Center, California
El Centro, California
Indio, California
Goffs, California
Julian, California
La Quinta, California
- Lake Cahuilla County Park
Lancaster, California
Lone Pine, California

Ludlow, California
Nipton, California
- Nipton, Oasis of Tranquility
Mojave, California
Needles, California
Palmdale, California
Palm Desert, California
Palm Springs, California
- Agua Caliente Casino•Resort•Spa
Pioneertown, California
Randsburg, California
Ridgecrest, California
Rancho Mirage, California
Trona, California
Twentynine Palms, California
Tumco/Hedges Ghost Town
San Diego, California
Victorville, California
Warner Springs, California
Yucca Valley, California

Historic Locations & Points of Interest

Antelope Valley Museum (Lancaster)
Amboy Crater (BLM)
Ballarat Ghost Town
Bodie's Windows to the Past
Buffalo Soldiers Monument
Burro Schmidt't Tunnel
Calico Early Man Site (BLM)
Calico Ghost Town
California Wolf Center - Julian, ca

California Desert Information Center (Barstow)
Coachella Valley Museum (Indio)
Desert View Tower
Eastern California Museum (Independence)
Carrizo Gorge Railway
Carrizo Gorge Railway Ride the Rails
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center
Desert View Tower
Eastern Sierra in Autumn
Elliot Mine Area (BLM)
Fort Piute - on the Mojave Rd.
Galleta Meadows Estates
Goffs, California School House RT66
Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

Gomphotherium Free Standing Art Structures (Borrego Springs)
General Patton Memorial Museum(Indio)
California Highway 58

California Highway 86: Exploring the west side of the Salton Sea &
Palm Wash in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

California Highway 111: Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea, Bashford's Hot Mineral Spa, and the town of Niland, CA, home of Salvation Mountain and Slab City.

Inscription Canyon
Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site (Bishop)
Little Petroglyph Canyon video (NAWS)
Living Desert (Palm Desert )Zoo and Botanical Garden

 

Mojave Road
Maturango Museum (Ridgecrest)
Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Indian Cultural Center (Bishop)
Interstate 10
Old Route 62 From the Mojave to the Sonoran Desert
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs Desert Museum
Pinnacles National Natural Landmark
Pumpkin Patch
video
Manzanar National Historic Site (Independence)
Moorten Botanical Garden (Palm Springs)
Mountain Spring
Salvation Mountain
St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo
Salt Creek Mining District (BLM)
Rainbow Basin Natural Landmark (BLM)
San Diego & Arizona Railroad
Tahquitz Canyon (Coachella Valley)
Tumco/Hedges Ghost Town
Tufa Towers near Ridgecrest
Slab City

Four Drives into the Heart of Desert Wildflower Country: California Highway 78, California Highway 14,The Pinal Pioneer Parkway, U.S. 93

Enlightening Gems - Museums of the Mojave: Route 66 Mother Road Museum, Western America Railroad Museum, Mojave River Valley Museum, Randsburg Museum, Eastern California Museum, Saxon Aerospace Museum, Twenty Mule Team Museum, California Route 66 Museum, NTC and Fort Irwin 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Museum, Maturango Museum, Kelso Depot Visitor Center, Needles Regional Museum

Flowers and Fantastic Views - Titus Canyon, Panamint Valley to Rhyolite and the Goldwell Open Air Museum.

 

 

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Anza Borrego Video - The Overview
Anza Borrego is California's largest state park, encompassing more than 600,000 acres. The Park includes many rugged mountain ranges and contains more than 500 miles of roads, as well as many fascinating geologic formations and historic places of interest. Watch this video to get an idea of some places you may want to visit.

Death Valley Video - Overview
Take the Death Valley grand tour - see the Badwater Basin, the lowest place in North America; the dramatically eroded Sabriski Point; Artist's Palette, with its unusual tonal colors; Salt Creek and its pupfish, Titus Canyon and more! See why Death Valley is such a spectacular National Park!

Joshua Tree NP Video - Rock Formations
The rocky landscape of Joshua Tree National Park has fascinated many of its visitors. The landscape of the White Tanks Campground was born more than 100 million years ago. You feel as though you might see a dinosaur step out from one of the Jumbo Rock piles at any moment. Explore the unique boulder formations at Joshua Tree National Park with the DesertUSA team.

Mojave National Preserve Video
Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas is the Mojave National Preserve, a 1.6 million acre park. Trains pass through this area over rails built by the Union Pacific, leading to Kelso. See the Kelso Depot, built in 1924 and closed in 1985. It has been completely restored, and is now Mojave NP's information center, with museum exhibits and historically furnished rooms.


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