Salt Flats in Southern California

While driving from Joshua Tree National Park to the Mojave National Preserve, we passed an area that looked really interesting on Google Maps. I wasn’t sure what it was so I decided we would stop when we got there. It turned out to be salt flats – large reservoirs that are filled with salt water […]

Mojave Desert Lava Beds

In the northeast corner of the Mojave National Preserve you leave the vast Kelso Dunes and come across a low ridge of black lava rock that seems to stretch on forever (check it out on Google Maps). We parked and hiked about a mile to the edge of the lava beds. I was impressed that […]

Mojave National Preserve, Kelso, CA

Kelso is an old mining town in the center of the Mojave Desert National Preserve that the Union Pacific railroad passes through. The town’s old train depot has been renovated to hold the NPS visitor center, a museum, and a restaurant. After a short visit to the depot we headed just south of the Kelso […]