Rodman Mountains Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Rodman Mountains Trail makes a pleasant excursion from the town of Barstow and passes through some spectacular and remote high desert scenery. The trail leaves I-40 east of Newberry Springs. It follows a pipeline road, crossing the bajada, to reach the start of the vehicle corridor that travels north-south through the Rodman Mountains Wilderness. The Rodman Mountains are a dramatic series of ridges and valleys, the result of earthquake activity many years ago. The area is composed of vol- canic basalt and lava rock; a lava flow cuts through the region. The vehicle corridor travels through the jagged rocks of Box Canyon. This is a good place to look for bighorn sheep that frequent the area. Other wildlife that can be seen includes raptors, which breed in the region. In particular, keep an eye out for prairie falcons and golden eagles. Special Attractions: Trail travels a vehicle corridor through the Rodman Mountains Wilderness; Extensive petrolgyphs on the edge of the Rodman Mountains Wilderness; Lightly traveled trail offers a remote desert experience; Chance to see raptors—particularly prairie falcons and golden eagles; Bagdad Cafe, setting of the movie of the same name. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."