Mojave Lava Beds

Baker, California

Mojave Lava Beds

Mojave: Lava Beds Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"These three trips offer three ways to encounter the lava, from intimate to sweeping. Between 5 million and 20 million years ago, intense tectonic forces were literally ripping the Earth apart in the Mojave region. Here, the crust was thin enough to allow volcanoes to form and molten lava to spew to the surface. Dozens of cinder cones dot the landscape in this area, and each was the site of eruptions and lava flows. Volcanic activity here lasted from 7.6 million years ago to only 10,000 years ago, around the end of the most recent Ice Age. The black basalt in these flows is so young, geologically speaking, that it seems as though it’s still flowing. These flows were designated as wilderness when the 1994 California Desert Protection Act created the preserve. Vehicle: HC/4WD."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 to 3 hours
Best Times: Cool to warm
Mojave National Preserve
Local Contacts
National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Mojave National Preserve #256
Local Maps

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