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Mojave Road, West

Check weather conditions before visiting this old desert crossing inside the Mojave National Preserve.

Total Miles

36

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Elevation
917'
Duration
5 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Fall/ Winter/ Spring

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
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.
History
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.
Getting There
If you're driving as a continuation of Mojave Road Central, cross Kelbaker Road and follow sandy road northwest. This point is 14.1 miles southeast of Baker and 20.6 miles northwest of Kelso.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Barstow Field Office
(760) 252-6000