Quality Inn On Historic Route 66
1520 E. Main St.
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 256-6891
Fax: (760) 269-3578
This facility offers educational and knowledge-based programs pertaining to Mojave Desert and overall desert topography. It is also home to the Old Woman Meteorite and a garden, where visitors can explore the different art installations. Check website for details.
Beauty reflects as one walks by the historical Harvey House Railroad Depot. Included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this depot now houses a museum making it a great place to visit.
Situated between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave is a 1.6 million-acre park consumed with sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, wildflowers, canyons, and mountains and mesas with long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. The Mojave, Great Basin and Sonoran, three of the four major North American deserts, are found at here. Visitors can enjoy such activities as hunting, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and backpacking while at the Mojave National Preserve.
Founded in 1881, Calico was a thriving silver mining town due to having the largest silver strike in the entire state. However, in the mid-1890s silver began to lose its value so miners began to leave and soon enough the the town was abandoned. In the 1950s, Walter Knott bought the land and restored five of the original buildings and today visitors can explore this historical and well-preserved ghost town. Take a ride on the Calico-Odessa Railway, a type of train that originally carted silver, and see historical mining practices at Maggie's Mine. Maybe even take a ghost tour and see if there's a more literal reason on why abandoned towns are called "ghost towns."
Helendale, or Silver Lakes, is home to two splendid man-made lakes called North Lake and South Lake. Since their completion in 1969, these two lakes have come lie at the center of various recreational activities, including kayaking, sailing, paddling and horse riding along the shore. The shores of both of these sparkling bodies of water are surrounded by restaurants, hotels, resorts and parks. The tranquil, still waters of these lakes make an especially beautiful sight at sunset, with its beauty drawing in locals and tourists alike.
The Rodman Mountains Wilderness Area is a wonderland of old lava flows, cliffs and other rock formations. Vivid colors and unusual formations characterize this area, making it an excellent choice for challenging hikes in the magical beauty of the desert. The area is also home to one of the few core breeding sites for birds of prey in the Mojave Desert. With magnificent desert vistas and numerous trails to explore, the Rodman Mountains Wilderness Area is sure to charm you with its surreal beauty. Please note that motor vehicles are not permitted within the wilderness area, however horseback riding is permitted. Camping is permitted up to a maximum of 14 days after which you would be required to move to a site that is at least 25 miles away.