Mojave Road, East

Total Miles


1,249.82 ft


7 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

This portion of the trip starts east of the California/Nevada state line. At first, it's not well marked and takes some patience to stay on the trail. You'll take a fun side trip to historic Fort Piute once you reach the boundary to the Mojave National Preserve. At this point, only street-legal vehicles are allowed to proceed. Dispersed camping is allowed along route unless posted otherwise. Pack out everything.


Moderate: Most of this route is easy, but several spots are steep, rocky and rutted. OK for aggressive stock 4x4 SUVs. Soft sand and muddy at times. Don't go alone. Carry plenty of water and gas. Flash floods possible. Route-finding is challenging. Follow cairns, which are always on the right. Free GPS waypoints can be downloaded from our website at


Like many roads in the West, this route started as an Indian foot path and later became an important wagon road servicing mining operations and travelers heading west. The route's many natural springs provided life-sustaining water. In 1981, volunteers formed an organization called 'Friends of the Mojave Road.' They reopened the road for recreational and historic purposes, and are today committed to its preservation.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

Trey Benke
May 27, 2023
Rob Huebschmann
Mar 26, 2023

Access Description

This trail starts in a dry wash on the west side of Needles Highway, exactly 1 3/4 mile north of the Nevada state line. We found only tiny BLM posts marking the spot. These could easily be washed away. The easiest way to find this point is to follow signs to the Avi Casino located between Bullhead City, AZ, and Needles, CA. Head west from the casino to connect with Needles Highway (see map). Or head north on River Road from I-40.

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