The Mojave Desert Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Mojave Desert - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Barstow 12

Lancaster 5

Ridgecrest 5

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Randsburg 4

Mojave National Preserve 3

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Petroglyph Canyons

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Two canyons in the Coso Mountain range, commonly called Big Petroglyph and Little Petroglyph, hold a superlative concentration of ancient...

Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Many science-fiction movies set on Mars have been filmed at this landmark 8 miles north of Barstow. Huge slabs of red, orange, white,...

Rand Desert Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The small museum celebrates the Rand Mining District's heyday with historic photographs and mining paraphernalia and other artifacts.

Red Rock Canyon State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A geological feast for the eyes with its layers of pink, white, red, and brown rock, this remote canyon is also a region of fascinating...

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

One of the desert's most popular boating and fishing areas, 1,000-acre Silverwood Lake also has campgrounds and a beach with a lifeguard.

Skyline Drive-In Theatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Check out a bit of surviving Americana at this dusty drive-in, where you can watch the latest Hollywood flicks among the Joshua trees...

St. Andrew's Abbey

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This Benedictine monastery occupies 760 acres made lush by natural springs. The Abbey Ceramics studio, established here in 1969, sells...

Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Fantastic-looking formations of calcium carbonate, known as tufa, were formed underwater along fault lines in the bed of what is now...

Western America Railroad Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

For a truly nostalgic experience, check out the old locomotives and cabooses at this museum that houses memorabilia from Barstow's early...

White House Saloon

  • Building/Architectural Site

One of the Wild West's few surviving saloons, the White House is an atmospheric stop. Step in for a drink and, if you're feeling adventurous...


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