Mojave Road, Central

There is no lack of things to see on this trail through the Mojave National Preserve.

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Trail Overview


Moderate: Mostly easy, but the descent to Watson Wash can be very challenging for stock 4x4 SUVs. This spot will be intimidating to novice drivers. Much of the route is soft sand, which, when dry, can quickly bog down any vehicle. Don't camp in washes where flash floods are possible.


Bert Smith built the Rock House in 1929. He came to this desolate place in an attempt to prolong his life after being exposed to poisonous gases in WWI. Although not expected to live long, he lasted another 25 years. You'll see signs for a loop hiking trail by the cabin. We recommend the hike. It leads to photogenic Rock Spring that provided water for the cabin. From 1866 to 1868, Rock Spring was the site of a military outpost.

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Trail starts on Ivanpah/Lanfair/Goffs Road, where Mojave Road East ends. This point is about 17.2 miles north of Goffs and 0.8 mile north of Cedar Canyon Road.

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