Best trails in Mojave National Preserve, California

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Looking for a great trail in Mojave National Preserve, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Mojave National Preserve ranging from 1 to 117.5 miles and from 495 to 6,184 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Desert solitude in Southern California. Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. The park offers great hiking, backpacking, camping, 4-wheel driving and wild flower viewing. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas.

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Map of trails in Mojave National Preserve, California
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Top trails (15)
#1 - Kelso Dunes Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#2 - Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 37 m
The main feature of this trail is the rings which are physically demanding. Show more
#3 - Teutonia Peak Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
NOTE: As of September 10, 2020, this trail has been destroyed by the Dome Fire. It is open now as of September, but it has been completely burned through. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/conditions.htm Teutonia Peak is one of the few signed and maintained hiking trails in the park. The actual peak is a bunch of boulders, and involves scrambling, so this route stops a bit short. The trails goes between two rows of boulders and offers good views in different places of all around. Teutonia Mines don't have many artifacts, but it is worth walking around the desert to see the sealed up mine entrances and few artifacts still left. Across the street from the parking area is an old veterans cross that is worth walking to just to see all the rocks and granite in the area.Show more
#4 - Mojave Road
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 117.5 mi
This is an off-road driving route. There are sometimes closures along this route due to washouts and maintenance. Please check here before visiting: https://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/conditions.htmShow more
#5 - Lava Tube Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
#6 - Barber Peak Loop Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
#7 - Rock Spring Loop
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 44 m
Rock Springs Nature Trail is a short walk on a good maintained trail that takes you to Rock Springs.  You have to go off the trail a bit to find the springs, but there is normally water there (and lots of insects and bugs). Depending on the time of year, the flowers here are amazing. Rock Springs has an old stone house, a copper mine site, the springs, and was the site of an army base (for a year).  So there are a number of interesting things in the area.Show more
#8 - Lava Beds Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 38 m
#9 - Mojave National Preserve Wild Horse and Black Canyon Road Bike Ride
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 28.2 mi
#10 - Kessler Peak Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
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