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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Afton Canyon

  • Canyon

Because of its colorful, steep walls, Afton Canyon is often called the Grand Canyon of the Mojave. It was carved over thousands of years...

Alabama Hills

  • Mountain–Sight

Drop by the Lone Pine Visitor Center for a map of the Alabama Hills and take a drive up Whitney Portal Road (turn west at the light)...

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Notable for its one-of-a-kind artifacts from California, Southwest, and Great Basin native tribes, the museum occupies an unusual Swiss...

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The California poppy, the state flower, can be spotted throughout the state, but this quiet park holds the densest concentration. Seven...

Antelope Valley Winery/Donato Family Vineyard

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Cyndee and Frank Donato purchased the Los Angeles-based McLester Winery in 1990 and moved it to Lancaster, where the high-desert sun...

Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History

  • Museum/Gallery

Hopalong Cassidy, Barbara Stanwyck, Roy Rogers, John Wayne—even Robert Downey Jr.—are among the stars who have starred in Westerns...

Calico Early Man Site

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The earliest-known Americans fashioned the artifacts buried in the walls and floors of the pits here. Nearly 12,000 stone tools—used...

Calico Ghost Town

  • Ghost Town

Once a wild and wealthy mining town, Calico took off in 1881 when prospectors found a rich deposit of silver in the area, and by 1886...

California Route 66 Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Fans of the Mother Road (as John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66) will love this museum whose exhibits chronicle the famous highway's history.

Casa Del Desierto Harvey House

  • Historic District/Site

This distinctive two-story structure—its Spanish name means "house of the desert"—was one of many hotel and restaurant depots opened...

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