Adventures in Mojave

Easy Adventures

Stargazing  Parties

Members of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers set up telescopes in Black Canyon Group & Equestrian Campground for an annual Star Party. Left to right: Jane and Morris Jones, Todd Kunioka, Jim Stears, and Gary Spiers. To check out their website, click here. This is a free event.


Mojave Trap and Skeet Shooting

Perhaps “moderate” adventure, Mojave offers a Trap and Skeet shooting, open to the public. Call to find out the next meet.
Need  a map? Click here.
Need a contact? Call Homer at (661)342-7703 to check for hours as they vary.

Willow Springs Raceway

 There are adventures near Mojave that are still “Easy” and fun. Here’s one of them.


Founded in 1952, with substantial elevation changes and high average speeds, Willow Springs has become one of the fastest and most challenging tracks in the U.S.

In Rosamond (15 mi south of Mojave) you will find a fun place to come and watch the adventures, or become a participant if you so fancy,.

With 8 racetracks to make it even more fun, this awesome race track will sure excite and satisfy your next adrenaline rush. Need a rate rental sheet?Click here for Willow Springs track rental rates.

Willow Springs International Raceway Park also features other racing facilities such as The Streets of Willow (1.8 mile road course), The Horsethief Mile (road course), Willow Springs Speedway (1/4 mile paved oval), Willow Springs Kart Track (a .625-mile, 9-turn paved sprint track), The Playpen (a 1/4-mile paved training track), and the Walt James Stadium (Clay Oval and Paved Oval).  Click here to see their website  for even more exciting upcoming events.

 

Hardier Adventures

Hiking in Mojave National Preserve

There are many hiking experiences in Mojave National Preserve (click here for maps)

One of the best is Teutonia Peak, a hike about 3-4 miles through the densest Joshua Tree forests in the world.

 

4×4 and Offroad Vehicles

Mojave National Preserve DOES allow Four wheelers particular areas to play in, including the Mojave Road.

The Mojave Road is an east-west route that enters the park near Piute Spring on the east side and on Soda Dry Lake near Zzyzx on the west. Some sections are rough and sandy; 4 x 4 recommended. Roads can become slick, muddy and impassable after rains. Be sure to inquire about road conditions, especially if you plan to cross Soda Dry Lake.

Used by Indians to transport goods from the southwest to trade with the Chumash and other coastal tribes, this route later served the cause of westward expansion. Military forts were established along the route to protect key water sources and provide assistance for travelers. Today it is a popular four-wheel drive road.

All vehicles operating within Mojave National Preserve must be street-legal in accordance with California DMV requirements. This includes current registration and tags, lights and turn signals, and valid insurance. California “Green Sticker” and “Red Sticker” programs are not recognized with the preserve.

All vehicles operating within Mojave National Preserve must be street-legal in accordance with California DMV requirements. This includes current registration and tags, lights and turn signals, and valid insurance. California “Green Sticker” and “Red Sticker” programs are not recognized with the preserve.

Get the National Park Service Principal Roads Map here which will show the allowed, maintained routes.

Here’s why 4×4’s and Offroad vehicles are ok in many areas of Mojave Preserve:

“The Mojave National Preserve was created in 1994 after many years of controversy and legal wrangling. The political ball was set in motion during the 1980s by the late Senator Alan Cranston, who proposed making the area into Mojave National Park, along with re-designating Death Valley National Monument and Joshua Tree National Monument as National Parks. When first penned by Cranston, giant swaths of what was then called the East Mojave National Scenic Area were slated to become federal wilderness areas, which we’ll refer to as “Wilderness” for the balance of this story. This legislation was called the California Desert Protection Act.

 Cranston’s legislation outlived his political career. Cranston was caught accepting $1 million in campaign contributions from a savings and loan that wanted a “problem solved.” Cranston left office in 1991. His successor, Dianne Feinstein, chose to carry the bill through Congress. When the California Desert Protection Act passed, mining, ranching, and off-roading became even more restricted in the Mojave. It pains this author’s hands to even type the names of those who ramrodded this legislation down our collective throats. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the intended Mojave National Park was instead designated the Mojave National Preserve, a designation that allows certain economic and recreational activities that would be banned within a National Park.

Another silver lining is the vehicular corridors that pass among the newly created Wilderness Areas. These corridors are previously established routes that were left open and intact. In the desert, the sheer distances combined with a general lack of water make it impractical to explore very far on foot. Vast Wilderness designations in the desert without vehicular access amount to nothing more than a land grab. The vehicular corridors are the key to discovering what’s out there. For those who like to hike (of which the author is one), the vehicular corridors are the key to getting close enough to the trailheads to have the time and energy to see what’s inside the Wilderness.”

Kevin Blumer
FourWheeler.com

Mountain Climbing

In the Mojave, there are simple climbs AND extreme climbs , the latter offered/hosted by the professionals. It seems everywhere you turn, there are opportunities for mountain climbers to “do what they like”.

If you need a professional group, here’s a rather good group:

https://www.mountainproject.com/search?q=mojave

Hot Air Balloons

Suspended above the earth, there is no feeling of motion or height, just the magic of flight. You do not feel the wind since the balloon is traveling at the same speed as the wind. A flag hung from the basket would hang straight down.
Above your head, spread in a colorful array against the rising sun, the interior of the balloon resembles nothing so much as the inside of some glorious cathedral lighted through stained glass windows.
Airborne you sail serenely with the wind, adjusting your altitude with short blasts from the propane burners followed by periods of beautiful and complete silence.  Slightly longer periods of burn allow the balloon to achieve greater altitude while longer periods without a burn result in gentle decent.
Balloons have no means of steering and are at the mercy of the winds. The skillful pilot may try higher or lower elevations in an effort to capture wind currents of different speed or direction. In a balloon, unlike other areas of flight, you are completely at natures fancy. Yet ballooning is one of the safest forms of air sport due to the simplicity of operation and slow flying speeds. It is also one of the most beautiful and fascinating.  You can sign up here at Don’s Early Light Hot Air Balloon.

Helicopter Tourings

  • See Mojave from Above
  • Get Help with the Heavy Lifting
  •  Survey A Piece of Land
  •  Get Great Photos
  •  Study the Wildlife

Get these at See more at Rushcube.

ZipLining

Zip lining is in the Mojave, but further north from the Preserve near Las Vegas.  Paragon Adventures offers zipline experience is set up for couples and becomes more inexpensive, the more people that sign up.

Here’s their video for Ziplining.

 

Extreme Adventures

Flight Training

Skydiving