Hikes in Mojave National Preserve
The hikes below are listed from north to south and west to east. The table can be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you plan a trip to Mojave National Preserve. Each trail links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and everything else needed to explore Mojave National Preserve. You can also view hikes around Mojave National Preserve on the Hike Finder Map.
FACT: Mojave National Preserve has a larger dune field than Death Valley.
FACT: Mojave National Preserve has more Joshua trees than Joshua Tree.
FACT: Mojave National Preserve does not charge an entrance free.
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Hiking Mojave National Preserve
North of Joshua Tree and south of Death Valley, Mojave resembles a bit of both. Being a preserve, MNP lacks a few of the facilities you would find in the national parks, but this absence creates the opportunity for a more intimate visit with the desert.
Situated on 1.6 million acres, this less-visited park offers many natural attractions. To help get started, visit the Kelso Depot Ranger Station. A worthy attraction in its own right, the ranger station resides inside an old train depot that was build by Union Pacific Railroads over a century ago. This is the perfect place to ask questions about the park and learn the history of locomotion through the desert.
Mojave boasts hundreds of miles of off-pavement trails for 4X4s. Two wheel drive vehicles will not have a problem visiting many of the roadside campsites and other attractions. You may also take a tour of Mitchell Caverns, which is located in a state run nature preserve within the national preserve (a fee for the tour is required). Summer temperatures are in the triple digits, making November through April the best time to visit the park.
This out and back hike crosses the world's densest Joshua tree forest, passing an abandoned silver mine to reach a rocky summit with views of Cima Dome.
|3.4 - 4 miles|
|390||New York Peak|
This out and back hike summits the highest point of the New York Range in the northeast corner of the preserve.
|7 - 9 miles|
This short out and back hike drops underground into an old lava tube lit by holes in the surface.
|410||Petroglyphs near Seventeen Mile Point|
This faint path visits ancient engravings in the volcanic rock at the western rim of the cinder fields just off Kelbaker Road.
|417||Rock Spring Loop Trail|
This loop visits a rare desert spring, a Rock House built in the 1920s, a miners' mill site, and an old U.S. Army post on a short and scenic circuit.
|420||Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail|
This loop takes visitors through a landscape of pocketed rocks. Ringbolts allow fun passage through narrow canyons.
|0.5 - 1.5 miles|
This off trail trek summits a peak with commanding views over the Providence Mountains.
This out and back hike climbs the highest point in this 45 square mile dune field.
This out and back hike summits a 6,365-foot peak in the Granite Mountains.
This out and back hike travels up and into a volcanic crater near Mojave National Preserve.
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