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The Mojave Road - The Government Road: Mules, Springs, And Regulations

Posted in Events on May 1, 2009 Comment (0)
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No matter how many times you may have read about an adventure, there's nothing like firsthand experience to truly understand what it's all about. Even though I've enjoyed trips to the desert since the mid '80s and consider myself somewhat of a desert rat, I had yet to travel the Mojave Road until recently.

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The Mojave Road leaves BLM-administered land near Soda Dry Lake and enters the Mojave National Preserve. The Mojave National Preserve is administered by the National Park Service. Millions of acres were re-designated as Federal Wilderness when the Preserve was created in 1994. Federal Wilderness status means mechanized travel is prohibited. Fortunately, an easement through these Wilderness areas was granted for vehicular travel on the Mojave Road. If Soda Dry Lake is the least bit wet, take the bypass route instead. When wet, the lakebed turns into a greasy quagmire that could leave you and your vehicle stuck and stranded.

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The walls couldn't talk at this Lanfair Valley cabin, so we don't know much about the dwelling. Lanfair Valley had a large homesteading population from 1910 to 1925.

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Sources

Mojave National Preserve
www.nps.gov/moja
JeepExpeditions.org
www.jeepexpeditions.org
Friends of the Mojave Road/ Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association
www.mdhca.org
California Trails: Desert Region by Peter Massey, Jeanne Wilson, and Angela Titus
www.adlerpublishing.com

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