The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Mojave National Preserve
Author: Michel Digonnet
Category: Sports & Recreation
THE THIRD LARGEST DESERT PARK in the country, Mojave National Preserve protects 1.6 million acres of spectacular arid lands at the heart of the Mojave Desert. Part of the celebrated Great Basin province, it is a spellbinding region of mighty mountain ranges rising thousands of feet above vast inland basins. Famous for the majestic Kelso Dunes, the Devils Playground, and the world¹s largest Joshua tree forest, the preserve also holds considerable natural and cultural wealth, including a wild range of landscapes, striking plant communities, and a rich mining past. Above all, it is a land of contrasts, alternatively forlorn and vibrant with life, stark and colorful, blanketed in snow in the winter, awash with wildflowers in the spring, and scorching hot in the summer. Being high-desert country and generally a little cooler than Death Valley, topographically less rugged, and far less visited, it offers a tremendous potential for comparatively easier hiking in complete solitude.
Explore this magnificent desert national parkland and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mojave National Preserve with this new edition of this comprehensive guide. Great auto tours and suggested hikes help you explore vast sand dunes, volcanic peaks, historical attractions and old Route 66. Experience the wonders of Hole-in-the-Wall, the Mojave River, Kelso Dunes and Mitchell Caverns. Tour the world's largest Joshua tree forest. Follow paths of history to Fort Piute, Kelso Depot, Nipton, Goffs and Zzyzx. Hike the enchanted canyons and intriguing summits of a dozen mountain ranges. Get your kicks on old Route 66. Updated and revised in close cooperation with the National Park Service, this book, the only comprehensive guide to Mojave National Preserve offers a great introduction to this wondrous desert land and plenty of suggestions for follow-up visits. * Engaging auto tours, great hikes, clear maps and directions * Get to know the land-its plants, wildlife, mountains and valleys * Visit mining towns, cinder cones and a visitor center/train depot * Discover the best hiking trails, picnic sites, campsites, and lodging "Mojave National Preserve: A Visitor's Guide is a key resource to begin your exploration and to plan each follow-up visit," notes park superintendent Dennis Schramm in his introduction to the new edition of the book. "Authors Cheri Rae and John McKinney know the Preserve and all of its wonders, and their guidebook will help you discover them for yourself."
Hiking Mojave National Preserve contains detailed information about 15 of the best day hikes in this California desert park, which offers awesome scenery, fascinating geology and archeaology, and the world's largest concentration of Joshua trees. Supplemented with GPS-compatible maps, mile-by-mile directional cues, rich narratives, and beautiful photographs, this is the only book available for trekking into the big empty space of the Mojave Desert.
Mojave National Preserve is both vast and intimate. The product of hundreds of millions of years of geologic activity, its enormous valleys and isolated mountain ranges redefine our sense of space and time. This book presents a complex world of rare plants and animals and incomparable geology. Photos by David Muench, Jeff Gnass, and Larry Ulrich.
It is a desert like no other, stretching from the eastern outskirts of Los Angeles across the width of Southern California and into parts of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The Mojave Desert's attractions include Death Valley, the Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Colorado River, Palm Springs, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, Calico Ghost Town, and dozens of Route 66 landmarks. It is the most spectacular desert on Earth, and it draws more tourists each year than all other deserts of the world combined. Mojave Desert is the first book of its kind, using rare and vintage postcards to provide a pictorial, historical grand tour of this American wonderland.
Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve
Author: Death Jim
Sometimes secret places are in some of the most well-known places in our public lands. These secret places are kept a secret because there are groups or organizations that do not feel you, the reader of this very book, can be trusted with these secrets. In his beginnings, Death Valley Jim was a lot like those who read his books. He combed through piles of research, many of which lead to dead ends and poorly documented sites. He also encountered outright refusal from rangers and other "protectors" when asked about these secret places. This frustration and secrecy is what has motivated him to continue the Secret Places in the Mojave Desert series - to help others like him with a genuine love and interest in the desert and the many treasures that lie within it find them and enjoy them. Our National Parks, Preserves, Monuments, and Forests were created with the intent of preserving the special natural wonders they behold. They were created for all of us to enjoy and explore! But how can these places be truly enjoyed if some of their greatest wonders are being kept a secret from the public? Every American pays taxes - and a portion of those taxes is used to preserve our national lands. And every American should be allowed to enjoy every square foot of them. This book focuses on the "secret" places within Joshua Tree National Park, The Mojave National Preserve, and surrounding areas. You will not be able to find many of these locations in any other publication because they have been so fiercely protected by the powers that be. It is expected this book will be met with much criticism and resistance from many, but it is Jim's hope that just as the lovers of the desert and its history always have, they will continue to respect these natural and anthropological wonders. "Take only pictures and memories, leave only footprints."
A Field Guide to Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs of the Mojave Desert, Including the Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park
Author: Pam MacKay
Publisher: Falcon Guides
The Mojave Desert ecoregion extends from eastern California to northwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, and southwestern Utah. This guide features 300 of the common species, full-color photographs, detailed descriptions, information on flowering season, and interesting facts about each plant.
United States. National Park Service. Pacific West Region
Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Its 1.6 million acres makes it the third largest entity in the National Park system (contiguous States). Among its most popular sites are the Cima Dome, Mitchell Caverns, the Kelso Dunes, the Mojave Road and the Kelso Depot. There are hundreds of abandoned mines within the Preserve, and scores of abandoned mining camps and towns. This book will look at many of the major ones as they appear today - all of the photos in this book have been taken in the 21st century. Included in the book are detailed directions on how to get to the sites, as well as a personal rating system of how worthwhile the remains at each sight are to see. This edition contains 93 color photos taken by the author.
Follow Attu's continuing journey as he discovers more beauty and learns more about nature and our National Parks. Watch him climb the giant rocks in Joshua Tree and visit ancient volcanoes in the Preserve.