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...

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...

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...

Desert Discovery Center

  • Museum/Gallery

The center's main attraction is Old Woman Meteorite, the second-largest such celestial object ever found in the United States. It was...

Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

  • Museum/Gallery

Friendly and enthusiastic staffers conduct guided tours of this 53-square-mile complex. Tours start at the Goldstone Museum, where exhibits...

Inscription Canyon

  • Canyon

With nearly 10,000 petroglyphs and pictographs of bighorn sheep and other Mojave wildlife, Inscription is one of the world's largest...

Mojave River Valley Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Two blocks from the the intersection of I–15 and Barstow Road, this museum is crowded with exhibits that include American Indian pottery,...

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,...

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...