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If all roads lead to Rome then a number of really dry, dusty byways lead to Barstow, a small city in southeastern California. Set at a crossroads for two major interstates half-way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Barstow serves as a civilized stop-over for off-road enthusiasts and desert adventurers and offers access to a very modest clutch of cultural sights. Find out and about a museum or two, including one with Route 66 as its focus, filming locations like Bagdad Cafe and quaint Calico Ghost Town. Nearby there's also the Calico Early Man Site, a controversial archeological attraction with basic visitor facilities, and the Mojave National Preserve is an easy drive to the east.

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The Mojave River rarely flows above ground - this is one of the few places it does.

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Although this area is centered around a river, it has a forceful desert energy, the mountains rising up dry and forbidding in the near distance. The river itself is in Amargosa Canyon, which breaks up the dryness with dense vegetation, some of which forms hanging gardens of a kind. The river is shal...

  • 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow
  • Park-Overlook
  • 760-255-6000

The Barstow field region provides for a wide variety of recreational activities. Within its boundaries are two BLM campgrounds, Afton Canyon and Owl Canyon; the Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark; the Juniper Flats and Ord Mountain Route Networks; five Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas, Stod...

  • 681 North First Ave, Barstow
  • Museum
  • 760-255-1890

  • 14485 Borax Road, Boron
  • Historical Site

This visitor center is right next to the largest open-pit mine California has - and the product is borax. Few places in the world have deposits of borax quite as large or productive.

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  • Historical Site
  • 760-254-2122

Mining towns and railroad stops sprung up across California's desert in earlier epochs, now just dusty ghost towns that offer a glimpse of the state's Wild West days. Catch a gunfight (reenacted of course), try your hand at gold panning and sign up for a mine tour at Calico, a ghost town and county ...

  • 831 Barstow Road, Barstow
  • Museum
  • 760–252-6060

In addition to educational hands-on exhibits with the Mojave Desert their focus, the Desert Discovery Center also houses the second-largest meteorite in the United States. Sign up here for outings to Kelso Depot.

  • Building 222, 1st Street, Fort Irwin
  • Museum
  • 760-380-6607

  • Barstow
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  • 760-252-6000

The dry lake is not altogether dry - it's home to Harper Dry Lake Marsh, which is an oasis for birds, particularly of the waterfowl and wetland variety. Look out for Marsh Wrens and White-faced Ibises among many others.

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