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Mojave National Preserve
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Steve Zorba
Torrance, CA173 contributions
More diverse than expected
Jun 2021
Spent approximately 2-3 hours hiking and driving around the preserve. I was surprised at the diverse topography. We did the more popular Rings Loop Trail which was excellent. Not hard at all but some great views and just a pleasant hike overall. You can easily spend an entire day at the Mojave preserve. I will return to further explore other trails.
Written 15 August 2021
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Chris B
Michigan448 contributions
Rings Loop Trail
Apr 2021
We were passing through on our way back to Vegas and had time to stop to do the Rings Loop Trail hike. I have to say this one was a bit of a shocker... the majority of the trail is just flat and uneventful but with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains... its when you get to the end where it gets very interesting. You climb some metal rings in a very narrow passage that was pretty challenging. It looks easy enough until you're trying to pull yourself up, I could see how some people might not be able to make it. After.... Google maps took us out on a dirt road which was a HUGE MISTAKE! There were no warning signs and the road was fine for about 5 miles then it got really really bad... if you do not have a 4x4 stay on the pavement is all I can say about that lol.
Written 13 May 2021
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Alyssa F
Naperville, Illinois29 contributions
An underrated must-hike w/otherworldly views
Dec 2020
Overall, if you get the chance to visit this Preserve and enjoy nature/hiking this is a must-see. The views are otherworldly!

I will admit, we were hesitant about hiking this preserve. Having just spend the previous day hiking Joshua Tree National Park we did not think this National Preserve would measure up. We could not have been more wrong. This National Preserve blew Joshua Tree National Park out of the water. In fact, there are stretches where it looked like there were more Joshua Trees at the Preserve than at the Park.

We hiked two trails at the Preserve and spent a total of 5 hours at the Preserve (split between hiking and driving). The Preserve is very big, and it takes time to get from one trail to the next. Visitor centers were closed due to increased COVID restrictions enacted by the state of CA at the time of our visit (Dec 2020).
The ring loops trail is a must hike trail that takes you through Banshee Canyon. Surrounded by dramatic rhyolite cliffs that look like swiss cheese or for those of you GOT fans, “the wall” you will feel transported to the time of gun slinging outlaws. In fact, a free-standing information board we came across stated that Banshee Canyon was once a hideout of Jesse James. Also, we had the trail to ourselves – we ran into maybe 6 people so while we had our face masks with us, we did not feel the need to wear them. I recommend wearing layers on this hike too. It was very windy and cold to start. About halfway into the hike I found myself removing layers.

I recommend picking up the trailhead at the Hole-in-the-wall Visitors Center. The walk through the desert to the canyon offers some of the most spectacular desert views I have ever seen with a wide variety of desert plants and vegetation it does not disappoint. Mojave, yuccas, cholla and prickly pear cactus are just a few of the desert plants we spotted on our hike. We did not see any animals on this hike but there were a lot of dung piles which we believe were probably from cows or sheep.

We also hiked Kelso Dunes. This was a very rewarding and challenging hike. It took 1.5 miles to the summit of the sand dune but there were a lot of inclines along the way. Dress accordingly and hike with water. I also recommend you bring Chapstick with. You will be in the sun the entire time. There is no where to sit and grab some shade on this hike. The views are just as spectacular at the base as they are from the top of the summit. We also had the chance to catch the sunset mid-way up the sand dune which was breathtaking. It looked like this was a popular sunset spot since we noticed an increase in hikers during the sunset. Something we wish we knew about in advance is the drive to the base of the sand dune. There are very large potholes in the 3 mile stretch of gravel road leading to the designated parking spaces. Make sure you have a spare tire especially if you will be visiting with a rental car like we did. Parking spaces are limited but, we had no issues finding a place to park. Bathroom facilities were also open.
Written 16 December 2020
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN1,832 contributions
Very scenic drive south to north
Dec 2020 • Couples
Drive through this very scenic area on the way from Joshua Tree back to Nevada. A few small towns, but very remote with some great vistas of the desert and mountains. Worth the drive.
Written 5 December 2020
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NationalParksTrails
San Luis Obispo, CA1,845 contributions
Quick visit very hot
Oct 2020 • Family
Quick drive through the preserve where it was clear and beautiful but too hot for hiking during the middle of the day. Take the turn off at Baker it you want to see the high desert.
Written 2 October 2020
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Brad C
92 contributions
Experience the vast open spaces
Mar 2020
We only drove through but amazed at the vastness of the preserve. There are more Joshua trees here than in the national park. It is amazing to be in an area where you have no cell coverage and can see no-one for hours.
Written 15 March 2020
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Ewatte
Poznan, Poland265 contributions
Always a beautiful, serene place
Mar 2020 • Couples
This desert is surprisingly versatile with a dune, joshua tree fields, old train station and overall desert elements. The roads are not always great so be prepared to spend more time driving at places. The smell and energy of this place is remarkable.
Written 12 March 2020
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adventurer1234
Forest Park, OH484 contributions
Short Visit to Mojave National Preserve
Jan 2020
We only had a couple of hours to explore the Mojave National Preserve. We entered the Mojave National Preserve on Kelbaker Road and first viewed the cinder cones, not knowing that volcanoes erupted here 10,000 years ago. Very interesting. We continued on to Kelso and was amazed at the long history of Kelso. The visitors center at Kelso is worth a stop. The first train depot opened in 1905, then the Railroad Managers designed and built a beautiful new depot in the Spanish Mission Revival style in 1924 with graceful colonnades. We watched a well done 20 minute orientation film in the visitors center. We ran out of time for our visit and had to leave the Mojave National Preserve.
Written 5 February 2020
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Eliza H
Montreal, Canada9 contributions
fascinating and beautiful
Jan 2020
We drove through the Mojave National Preserve from Las Vegas to Palm Springs and a week later back (end of December, early January). The Joshua trees in the snow covered desert with the bare snowy peaks in the background were absolutely stunning. On the way to Palm Springs we stopped at Nipton Trading Post (a small detour, it's worth it) and did a small hike, Rings loop at the Holes in Walls area (another detour, bad roads but a fantastic little hike). A very scenic trip indeed. On our way back we stopped at Kelso sand dunes. This was another treat. Like a huge sandbox for all ages. The sun was bright and the sand felt really nice on our feet as we climbed up on the dunes. It is quite an exercise (takes an hour to reach the top in the deep sand) but the views are unique and the whole experience is very relaxing. If you take a crazy carpet with you, you can actually slide down on the dunes. Next time! By the way, these are all free activities, with parking lots at the trailhead.
Written 15 January 2020
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GetOffaMyDesert
1 contribution
A perfect place to dump an old used mattress, camper top, propane bottles, lawn furniture, etc!
Dec 2018
Feel free to dump your trash wherever you wish -- and since we're in the US your trash should also be riddled with bullet holes! Mohave National Preserve is testament to American values(?) and love(?) for wild lands.
Written 30 November 2019
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