One of the most extreme environments in North America, the Mojave Desert
offers many unique vacation adventure opportunities. It encompasses two famous national parks
and includes both the lowest (Death Valley) and highest elevations (Mt Whitney) in the
continental United States.
Many visitors come here to escape the chill of winter or to explore the barren desert locales.
Others are fascinated by its readily visible but unique geological formations. All of these
factors contibute to the unique lore and legends that add color and life to this place.
Please note that Mojave Desert California is heavily visited in the summer
(May-August) which makes getting reservations difficult. The best time
to visit is March / April / September / October when there is
beautiful weather and less competition for reservations.
Death Valley National Park
3.3 million acre preserve of the most inhospitable and also
scenic terrain in the continental United States. Many historical
landmarks and several species of plant and fish unique only to the
Joshua Tree National Park
Large 870 square mile scenic preserve of desert wildlife.
Abundant camping, picnic grounds and hiking trail opportunities.
Mojave National Preserve
1.4 million acres of historic and natural desert wonders protected
Calico Early Man Archaeological Site
15 miles NE of Barstow via I-15 and Minneola Rd; (909) 883-3787;
Excavation begun in 1964 by Dr. Louis Leakey. Over 12,000 stone tools dating back possibly 200,000 years,
makes this one of the oldest such sites in the Western Hemisphere. Guided Tours, Active digs and exhibits.
Calico Ghost Town Regional Park
Ghost Town Rd, 11 miles NE of Barstow via I-15; (800) 862-2542;
Open Daily: 9AM-5PM; Admission: Adult $6 / Child (3-15) $3;
Old Calico recreats mine tours, train ride, mystery shack, gunfights, saloons and shops of the mining era. Canyon campground.
The mines here produced over $13 million in silver ore 1881-96.
Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark
8 mile north of Barstow via SR-58 on Irwin Rd, then Fossil Bed Rd; (760) 252-6000;
Rock walls in shades of red, brown, green and white hold fossils and minerals over millions of years old.
Four mile loop tour features views of scenic rock formations.
Borax Visitor Center
14485 Borax Rd. Boron, CA; (760) 762-7588;
Open: Daily 9AM-5PM (Exc: Major Holidays); Admission: $2 per vehicle;
Exhibits describe the role of mining and minerals in everyday life. Six features include:
Mining, Processing, Distributions, Uses, Responsibility and Heritage.
Twenty Mule Team Museum
26962 Twenty Mule Team Rd, Boron, CA; (760) 762-5810;
Open: Daily 10AM-4PM (Exc: Major Holidays); Free Admission
Located on a former borax mine campsite. Museum includes F-4 jet fighter and exhibits on local area history
including the borax mines, mule teams and Edwards AFB and NASA. Also on the grounds are early mining equipment
and an early 20th century railroad depot.
The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum
15650 Seneca Rd, Victorville, CA; (760) 243-4547;
Open Daily: 9AM-5PM (Exc: Major Holidays); Admission;
Exhibits of memorabilia from these famous Western stars.
Knott's Soak City USA - Palm Springs
Includes wave pool, lazy river ride, several waterslides and shutes.
Also children's pool and family funhouse.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Since 1963, over 13 million visitors have escaped the heat of the desert floor and
ascended up to the pleasant cool atop Mount San Gorgonio. The 10-minutes, 2.5 mile ride
begins at the Valley Station (2643 ft) and ends at the Mountain Station (8516 ft).
See dramatic changes in nature and wildlife as you pass from desert to alpine environments.
Palm Springs Art Museum
Founded in 1938, this Museum's permanent art collection features contemporary California art, classic western American art, Native American art; Precolumbian art, Mexican art, and European modern art; glass studio art, American mid-twentieth century architecture, and American photography.
Includes the Annenberg Theatre and Albert Frey House.
Palm Springs Air Museum
This museum exhibits the role of the World War II combat aircraft and the role the pilots and American citizens had in achieving this great victory.
It features One of the world's largest collections of flying World War Two warplanes.
Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum
Location : At the Village Green Heritage Center in the heart of downtown Palm Springs.
This museum preserves the nature spirit of the Aqua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians.
Exhibits include the Tahquitz Canyon Archaeological Collection with over 50,000 artifacts from the oldest and largest village site
and is one of the most extensive excavation projects in California.
The Amboy Crater and Lava Field is an extinct North American cinder cone that
lies California's Mojave Desert just sits 2.5 miles west
of the town of Amboy on historic U.S. Highway 66.
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center [MCAGCC] - TwentyNine Palms
Since its creation in 1952 (at the height of the Korean War) as world's largest Marine Corps Base,
many hundreds of thousands of Marines have prepared for war here, practicing their war-fighting skills in the challenging
terrain and climate of the Mojave Desert.
Grand Canyon Tour Company
Guide Tours to Death Valley and the California Desert.
Tour The Imperial Valley
MainTour's special feature of exciting vacation getaways
for the California Lower Desert - this region is a major
agricultural production center. Very popular for off-road activity
on area sand dunes.
Tour Palm Springs California
MainTour's special feature of exciting vacation adventures
for this area where there are more golf course resorts here than anywhere else in the
world. Many exciting attractions in this desert oasis.
Tour Inland Empire
MainTour's special feature of exciting vacation getaways
for this region which encompasses San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Special
attractions include ski resorts in the local mountains - Big Bear,
Lake Arrowhead and the Temecula Valley wine country.