The Mojave Desert Sights


  • Geological Site

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Created millions of years ago by volcanic activity, Hole-in-the-Wall formed when gases were trapped between layers of deposited ash, rock, and lava; the gas bubbles left holes in the solidified material.

You will encounter one of California's most distinctive hiking experiences here. Proceeding clockwise from a small visitor center, you walk gently down and around a craggy hill, past cacti and fading petroglyphs to Banshee Canyon, whose pockmarked walls resemble Swiss cheese. From there you head back out of the canyon, supporting yourself with widely spaced iron rings (some of which wiggle precariously from their rock moorings) as you ascend a 50-foot incline that deposits you back near the visitor center. The one-hour adventure can be challenging but wholly entertaining. There are no services (gas or food) nearby; be sure to fill your tank and pack some snacks before heading out here.

Sight Information


From Iā€“40, take Essex Rd. exit, drive north 10 miles to Black Canyon Rd., and continue north another 10 miles, Mojave National Preserve, California, 92309, USA




Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 07/06/2016


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