Mojave Road, West
Rain and wind can make this trail unpredictable, but if you get in trouble, there are some long detours available. There are two river crossings in Afton Canyon that can be extremely deep depending on rainfall in the area. Street-legal vehicles only.
In the 1860s, Soda Springs was a small military outpost and stage stop. In 1944, the abandoned property was claimed by Dr. Curtis Springer, who developed it into a health resort. He named it Zzyzx as a gimmick to make it easy to find at the end of any alphabetical listing. He was evicted by the BLM in 1974. Concrete buildings and abandoned pools still remain (see map). Today, it’s a Desert Studies Center run by California State University under the auspices of the Mojave National Preserve.