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National Parks and Monuments

Death Valley National Park
Devils Postpile National Monument
Joshua Tree National Park

Things to Explore
Barry Storm’s  Jade mine
Black Eagle Mine Road 4WD
Dale Road - Gold Crown Road 4WD
Hike to Ryan Mountain Ruins
Cottonwood Springs in Joshua Tree NP
Touring the Big Boulders at Joshua Tree NP
Geology Road Tour at Joshua Tree NP
The Cholla Cactus Garden at Joshua Tree NP

Mojave National Preserve
-Kelso Depot
-Mojave Road
-Mitchell Caverns

Mojave Road Guide (Book)

Mojave Trails National Monument

Sand to Snow National Monument

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


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
Ocotillo Wells State OHV Area
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)
Mitchell Caverns
Palo Verde Park (Riverside)
Placerita Canyon Natural Area (Los Angeles County)
Riviera Marina Park (Riverside)
Vallecito Regional Park (San Diego)


Tres Burros Ranch

Recreation & Wilderness Areas

BLM California Desert
OHV Areas
Afton Canyon Natural Area
Lara's Lane: Afton Canyon, the Call of Water
Alabama Hills (BLM)
Bigelow Cholla Garden (BLM)
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve (BLM)
Black Eagle Mine Road
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
Jawbone/Butterbredt Area (BLM)
Johnson Valley OHV Area (BLM)
Juniper Flats (BLM)
Kelso Dunes (BLM)
Last Chance Canyon (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
Old Dale Road - Gold Crown Road 4WD
Owens Peak Wilderness Area
Painted Gorge (BLM)
Picachio State Recreation Area
Piute Mountains Wilderness (BLM)
Plaster City Open Area (BLM)
Providence Mountains SRA
Mitchell Caverns
Pumpkin Patch video
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Randall Henderson Trail (Palm Desert, CA)
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
Shell Canyon
San Bernardino National Forest
Sand Canyon (BLM)
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto
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,
Yuha Basin Recreation Area
Yuha Desert OHV Area (BLM

Cities & Towns


Hotels/Motels - location maps and nearby attractions


Apple Valley, California
Baker, California
Ballarat, California
Bishop, California
Big Pine, California
Bodie, California
Boron, California
Barstow, California
Blythe, California
Bombay Beach, California
Borrego Springs, California
Brawley, California
Desert Center, California
Desert Hot Springs, California
Eagle Mountain, Callifornia
El Centro
, California
Felicity, 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
Slab City
Victorville, California
Warner Springs, California
Yucca Valley, California
Zzyzx, California

Historic Locations & Points of Interest

Antelope Valley Museum (Lancaster)
Amboy Crater (BLM)
Bagdad Cafe
Route 66
Bagdad, Amboy,Fenner and Goffs.
Barry Storm’s  Jade mine
Ballarat Ghost Town

Bodie's Windows to the Past
Bombay Beach
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)

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.

Carrizo Gorge Railway
Carrizo Gorge Railway Ride the Rails
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center

Coyote's flying saucers retrieval service

Desert Christ Park
Desert Christ Park video

Desert View Tower
East Jesus - Slab City
Eagle Mountain

Eastern Sierra in Autumn
Fort Piute - on the Mojave Rd.
Garth's Boulder Garden
Giant Rock UFO Meeting
Guardian Lions on Route 66
Galleta Meadows Estates
God's Way Love
- Restored School House RT66
- Goffs Railway Depot on Rt 66
- Goffs Mojave Road School Bus
Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

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

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)
Museum Of History In Granite
Newberry Springs - Bagdad Cafe
Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone Indian Cultural Center (Bishop)
Interstate 10
Old Route 62 From the Mojave to the Sonoran Desert

Old Woman Springs Road RT247

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs Desert Museum
Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo, Ca.
Pinnacles National Natural Landmark
Pumpkin Patch
Manzanar National Historic Site (Independence)
Marcia Geiger - The Secret Lives of Vintage Trailers
Mirage - by Doug Aitken - mirrors covered house
Murals in Barstow
Moorten Botanical Garden (Palm Springs)
Mountain Spring

Niland Geyser Mud on the move

Noah Purifoy - Outdoor Desert Art Museum
Rancho Mirage Observatory

Slab City
- Airplane Man of Slab City
- East Jesus - Slab City
- 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

UFO a retrieval service 

Yucca Valley, Things to Do
Rhythm of Life and Atlatl Land Art

Zzyzx, Abandoned Mineral Springs Resort

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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