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Mojave National Preserve

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Ranked #441 of 4,951 attractions in California
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Deserts, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Driving
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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Center. What an information packed visit here. For children & adults alike. Lots of programs and material for studying the desert environment. Live demonstrations of wildlife and plant life. I have to note that while I was here I found information on a program at Ft. Irvin that I really wished I had known about. Apparently a mockup of an... More

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London, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This spring we chose to drive through the Mojave Preserve to Twentynine Palms en route back to LA from Vegas instead of taking I-15. This was more or less our route: https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Paradise,+NV,+United+States&daddr=Kelso,+CA,+United+States+to:Twentynine+Palms,+CA,+United+States&hl=en&geocode=FarMJgIdVwAj-SntPEJ2esXIgDGVe6xak0xTmA%3BFYg_FgIdGUQb-Skr-INjeIfPgDH0VqwfsfIUqw%3BFQbeCAIdZycV-SnPfl7CJsfagDH8o2PJQus37A&aq=0&oq=Twenty&sll=35.007503,-116.691284&sspn=3.315675,6.696167&vpsrc=0&mra=pr&ie=UTF8&t=m&z=8 Inside the Preserve itself is almost like revisiting the 1800s, and you really have to see this wonderful piece of earth for yourself because photos don't do it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I am more a rock person than a tree one so this place was super in my opinion. A huge vast area of natural beauty. Saw wild hare but no tortoise. Heard lots of Rattle Snakes. Great drive but watch the heat.

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New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Mojave National Preserve is a beautiful place. Me and my two friends were amazed when we got there. Not too many people on the campground. We could find the campsite easily. Kind of wild. No showers, only pit toilets. The campground Hole in the Wall is wonderful!It was very windy at night but this is what we expected based on... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Located in Southern California, Mojave National Preserve is only a couple hours from Las Vegas. It's very solitary and has much to offer. My wife and I went there for a day trip. Left early arriving just before sunrise. We explored the Lava Tube Trail and Cinder Cones first. Then we hiked the Kelso Dunes and visited the Kelso Depot.... More

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Sydney Australia
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248 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Hopefully not, but we found the Preserve to be both a fascinating area to visit but also a vast area of sometimes , well, nothing ? But that's the beauty of it ! We were lucky it was a really quiet time with next to no one around which gave our visit a heightened feeling of isolation ! The warning... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very beautiful and lonely atmosphere where you can drive around all day on dirt roads and see no one. The lower campground was boring and bare with no shade but Mud Hills was very pretty and peaceful, camps are spread out. Not much there so come prepared, don't expect food or gas in the area.

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Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
69 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This place is incredible and we were lucky enough to visit when everything was in bloom. The world's largest Joshua Tree forest is here. Almost every plant was blooming including the cacti. We took many many pictures and spent about 6 hours here on our way to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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171 reviews 171 reviews
50 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

When it comes to the natural beauty of the U.S. it always ranks excellent! The Mojave is no exception. The stark, rugged, albeit colorful beauty is breathtaking. There is a pristine quality that is understated and timeless. Face it, things haven't changed much in millions of years. Often the multi colored rock formations are back dropped by sapphire blue skies... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

From terrain to flora to weather, I experienced immense variety. In one day it was overcast, it rained, the sun shone, and it snowed. This was April 2. I am a photographer and love the desert-aesthetic. This is a good place for landscape photography and/or close-ups of the rock formations, Joshua Trees, and a range of cactus plants. In my... More

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