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California desert are vast and wide. Nearly a third of the golden state is considered desert terrain recieving less than 10 inches of rain per year. From Death Valley to the Baja border, there are endless miles of dirt trails, geological wonders, unique vegatation, native rock art, boulder gardens, sandy washes, slot canyons and great scenery overall. Abundant hiking & dining in the coolest places, plus ample areas to ride your mountain bike. Real out of the way back roads to explore & some interesting desert ghost towns.

Joshua Tree

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Desert Mountain Biking Areas bike trails desert California desert
location off of nearby
Homewood Cyn Hwy.395 Trona Pinnacles, Randsburg, Panamint Valley, Ballarat, Death Valley NP
Kelbaker Road Interstate 40 BLM camps, Kelso Dunes & near Mojave National Preserve
Blair Valley S-2 @ Hwy 78 Julian, Anza Borrego State Park
Piedra Grandes S-2 Agua Caliente Hot Springs , Anza Borrego SP
Spangler Hills Hwy. 178 Trona Pinnacles , Randsburg, Death Valley NP
Burns Cyn 247 & Hwy. 62 Pioneertown, Joshua Tree NP
Last Chance Cyn Hwy 395 Randsburg, Red Rock Cyn State Park

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golfing California

Desert Golfing Areas GOLF COURSES IN CA DESERT DESTINATIONS
location off of nearby
Palm Springs Hwy. 111 Palm Springs Tram , Joshua Tree National Park
Borrego Valley S-22/S-2 Hwy.78 Borrego Springs , Julian, Anza Borrego SP
Palm Desert Hwy. 111 Joshua Tree National Park , Idyllwild
Furnace Creek Hwy. 190 Death Valley National Park
Bishop Hwy.395 Inyo National Forest , Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

SUV - Back Road Exploration BACK ROADS BALLARAT GHOST TOWN
DESERT DIRT ROADS

Mojave National Preserve is overlooked by many as they zoom thru Interstate 15 or 40 headed to Vegas or Grand Cyn NP. The Kelbaker Rd. & BLM lands surrounding offer amazingly scenic primitive camping options, plus plenty dirt roads to test out your new sport utility vehicle.

Panamint Valley is right next door to Death Valley National Park & has so many cool canyons to explore, plus California history with mines & ghost towns.

Anza Borrego Desert has so many dirt roads to wander. The wildflowers bloom March thru May . So make a point to get out and use that sport utility vehicle this year. There are plenty of back roads to discover.

Desert Hiking & Sightseeing DESERTS CALIFORNIA DESERT HIKING PICNIC SPOTS
Indian Rock Art -
Petroglyphs & Pictographs
location off of nearby
Palm Spring Tram Hwy.395 Palm Springs, Pioneertown, Joshua Tree NP
Alabama Hills Hwy 395 near Lone Pine & Mount Whitney, Inyo Mountains
Kelbaker Road Interstate 40 BLM camping, Kelso Dunes & near Mojave NP
Blair Valley Hwy.78 & S-2 Anza Borrego State Park - Petroglyphs, 1 mi. hike
Inscription Cyn Interstate 15 Petroglyphs BLM Owl Rainbow, Black Cyn
Guadalupe Cyn Baja Hwy. 2 50 mi. from Mexicali, W of Laguna Salada
Pioneertown off Hwy. 62 near Yucca Valley & Joshua Tree National Park
Petroglyphs of the Cosos Hwy 395 Ridgecrest - Tours available (on miltary base)

OATMAN AZ

Desert Mining Towns OLD MINING TOWNS HIKING TRAILS PICNIC SITES

29 Palms - mines just east of town off Hwy. 62, on very sandy Gold Crown Rd; leading into the backside Joshua Tree National Park

Mojave Natural Preserve The park itself is as big as parks can get! Cool old mines & amazing primtive campsites are everywhere. The old Kelso area has a Train Depot & sand dunes. Kelbaker Rd Granite Mtns . Boulders are prime areas for primtive camping.

Randsburg - A Living Ghost Town in the North Mojave Desert. Just off Hwy 395 & a perfect overnight stop on your way northbound to Tahoe or Mammoth.

Oatman AZ - a tourist attraction of shops, desert mining history, & friendly mules that roam main street. Near Laughlin NV

PANAMINT SPRINGS CALIFORNIA

MAP JOSHUA TREE TOPOGRAPHIC

Joshua Tree Park Map

NatGeo Mojave Desert Park

Mojave Map California

Death Valley Map

Death Valley Camping Map

Choice Stays in the California Desert
Pioneertown Motel
5040 Curtis Road
Pioneertown, CA
Borrego Valley Inn
405 Palm Canyon Dr
Borrego Springs
760/767-0311
14 rooms
Randsburg Cottage Hotel
130 Butte Ave. Randsburg
760/374-2285
B&B rooms, cottages & cabins
Desert Hot Springs, just outside the hustle of the Palm Springs, this is a sleepy desert community. Resort spas, patio, BBQ, pool & great views of the nearby Mt. San Jacinto. A newer bed & breakfast in the San Diego area desert. This elegant inn is close to the Anza State Park visitors center & the center of town of Borrego Springs. Southwestern decor, small pool, jacuzzi, a nightly star filled sky awaits you Touristy ghost town surrounds this small restored inn. Antique shops, saloon & a general store are the few businesses in town. Relax in the jacuzzi or on the backyard decks.
Benton Hot Springs
Hwy 6 / N of Bishop, CA
High Desert Eastern Sierra
Two Bunch Palms
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trl
Desert Hot Spr
800/472-4334
760/329-8751
45 cottages
Nipton Historic Hotel
Mojave Desert, near Las Vegas & Searchlight, NV
Nipton, CA

tent cabins and bed and breakfast rooms
Natural Hot Mineral Water Spa

Borrego Springs Resort & Country Club
1112 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs
888/826-7734
760/767-5700
100 rooms
Golf, Tennis, Restaurant, Swimming, Fitness

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Chateau @ Lake La Quinta
78-120 Caleo Bay
888/226-4546
760/564-7332

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la quinta
Villa Royale
1620 Indian Trail, Palm Springs
800/245-2314
760/327-2314
23 rooms, 13 suites
Azure Sky Resort
1661 Calle Palo Fierro
Palm Springs
800/874-8770
760/325-9109
11 rooms
Desert Fountain Inn
1777 N. Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs

9 rooms
Panamint Springs Resort
Hwy 190 / West of Death Valley NP
Panamint Springs
775/ 482-7680
760/764-2002 x234
Shoshone Inn
Hwy 127 & Hwy 178
P.O. Box 67
760/852-4224
760/852-4525
16 rooms
Ranch House Inn
Bed & Breakfast
72 China Ranch Rd
2 rooms
Intimate cottage on a remote lush oasis
Furnace Creek Inn
CA Hwy.190 (mid pk) Death Valley
760/786-2361
66 rooms
Elegant 4 Diamond resort in a lush oasis; Developed Area
Furnace Creek Ranch
CA Hwy 190 (mid park) Death Valley
800/528-6367
760/786-2345
224 rooms
19th century historic ranch
Stove Pipe Wells Village
CA Hwy.190 (west park) Death Valley
760/786-2387
83 rooms
Ranch Style Village; uncomplicated atmosphere only a ten-minute walk to Sand Dunes.



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