The Mojave Desert Sights

Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

Friendly and enthusiastic staffers conduct guided tours of this 53-square-mile complex. Tours start at the Goldstone Museum, where exhibits detail past and present space missions and Deep Space Network history. From there, you'll drive out to see the massive concave antennas, starting with those used for early manned space flights and culminating with the 24-story-tall "listening" device and its always-staffed mission control room used to track spacecraft that have drifted beyond our solar system. Appointments are required; contact the complex to reserve a slot.

Sight Information


Ft. Irwin Military Base, Ft. Irwin Rd. off I–15, 35 miles north of Barstow, Barstow, California, 92310, United States



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Guided tours by appointment only

Published 11/12/2015


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