Mojave Trails National Monument

Mojave Trails National Monument

The City of Twentynine Palms, California, in the southern Mojave Desert, is the home of Joshua Tree National Park headquarters and north entrance and is a gateway to Mojave National Preserve. In 2018, the city partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to also become the officially designated Gateway to the new Mojave Trails National Monument.

Camp Iron Mountain in Mojave TrailsSpanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously Congressionally-designated Wilderness, the Mojave Trails National Monument is comprised of a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes.

The monument protects irreplaceable historic resources including ancient Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. Additionally, the area has been a focus of study and research for decades, including geological research and ecological studies on the effects of climate change and land management practices on ecological communities and wildlife.

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Mojave Trails National Monument MAP

Mojave Trail National Monument – Bureau of Land Management Site

(Photos: Above–Iron Mountain Chapel at Camp Iron Mountain, part of the Desert Training Center used by General George S. Patton for desert tank warfare training of U.S. Army soldiers during WWII.)

Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark, Mojave Trails National Monument

Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark is a 10,000-year-old volcano and adjacent lava flows, located next to Route 66 in the Mojave Trails National Monument.
Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark visitor areaDay use area includes shade ramadas, picnic tables, vault toilet restrooms, paved road and parking lot, interpretive kiosk and scenic observation point. A 1.5 mile hiking trail to the volcano is accessible from the parking lot, although due to extreme heat the basaltic rock reflects, it is recommended to hike only in the months between October and April, and to always carry plenty of water.

Route 66 Mojave Trails

Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Dept. of the Interior)
Needles Field Office
1303 S. Hwy 95
Needles, CA 92363
(760) 326-7000

While enjoying your visit, help minimize your impact by staying on designated paths, packing out litter, respecting other visitors and wildlife, and leaving natural and cultural resources as you find them.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles: 
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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