Mojave Desert Scenic Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This fifty-nine-mile-long scenic drive, following two desert back roads, traverses a spectacular slice of the 1.5-million-acre East Mojave National Scenic Area past granite mountains, sand dunes, broad basins, and Joshua tree forests. This scenic drive, following Kelbaker Road, Kelso-Cima Road, and Cima Road, crosses fifty-nine miles of austere desert landscapes in the 1.5-million-acre East Mojave National Scenic Area. This sprawling land is studded with sharp mountain ranges that tower above broad alluvium-filled valleys, a timeless place of distant horizons. At first glance, the desert there appears lifeless and inhospitable. But closer inspection reveals details of life—tree-lined springs that echo with bird songs; the showy colors of spring wildflowers draped across dry arroyos; and the sinuous track of a nocturnal sidewinder etched on a sand dune. Special attractions: Cima Dome, Kelso Depot, Kelso Sand Dunes, Granite Mountains, camping, hiking, spring wildflowers, Joshua trees, wildlife, and bird watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."