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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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

  • Forest

About an hour's drive from Independence or Bishop you can view some of the oldest living trees on Earth, some of which date back more...

Calico Ghost Town

  • Ghost Town

This former silver-mining boom town was started in 1881 and within a few years boasted 500 mines and 22 saloons. Its reconstruction by...

Eastern California Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The highlights of this museum dedicated to Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra’s history include photos and artifacts from the Manzanar...

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...

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

In 1941, after the construction of Parker Dam, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, a 30-mile stretch...

Laws Railroad Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The laid-back and wholly nostalgic railroad museum celebrates the Carson and Colorado Railroad Company, which set up a narrow-gauge railroad...

Maturango Museum

  • Canyon

The museum contains interesting exhibits that survey the Upper Mojave Desert area's art, history, and geology, and sponsors tours of...

Mojave Narrows Regional Park

  • Park/Playground

This 840-acre park is one of the few spots where the Mojave River flows aboveground and the result is open pastures, wetlands, and two...

Mojave River Valley Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The floor-to-ceiling collection of local history, both quirky and conventional, includes Ice Age fossils such as a giant mammoth tusk...

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

  • Fish Hatchery

A delightful place for a family picnic, the hatchery was one of California's first trout farms. The Tudor Revival–style structure,...


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