Day Trips From Las Vegas: Mojave National Preserve

February 4, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada is far from ‘natural’. However, the city is quite close to a number of beautiful natural areas. One of our favorite natural spots is the Mojave National Preserve, located 60 miles southwest of Las Vegas. The Mojave National Preserve is the third largest unit of the National Park System in the continental United States. The preserve is roughly 1.6 million acres.

Perhaps the most popular reason to visit the Mojave National Preserve is to see the famous Joshua trees, which are native to the southwest region. Also popular is the Hole-in-the-Wall canyon, a region of natural rock that’s pocked with odd, random holes and shapes. If you have time, check out Kelso, California, a ghost town within the National Preserve that’s been long abandoned.

Tips for Visiting the Mojave National Preserve

  • Plan to spend an entire day in the park. Pack plenty of water and bring along lunch and snacks for everybody. While there are water fountains and snacks available at visitor welcome areas, you shouldn’t rely on these facilities for fulfilling your needs.
  • Wear hats and sunglasses, as well as plenty of sunscreen when visiting the Mojave National Preserve. There is little shade cover in most areas of the park that you’re likely to visit.
  • Temperatures in the park can average 90ºF during the summer, but highs can easily exceed 105ºF. Again, we can’t emphasize enough the significance of bringing plenty of water along with you!
  • 25% of the park’s precipitation falls during summer thunderstorms. Be aware that thunderstorms can appear suddenly. Ask a ranger for more information about weather when you arrive at the preserve.

Have fun as you enjoy one of the most beautiful natural areas just a short drive from Las Vegas! If you’ve been to the Mojave National Preserve, share your comments and tips with other readers.

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