When? : Winter and
spring is the time to visit this area, summer is very hot….
Due note: Mojave is a small
town without many things to do, a gas & food stop on your road trip drive.
My thoughts: I was always intrigue
by this town, just as you cross the Sierra mountains to the east on highway 58
from Bakersfield you reach this “middle of nowhere” high-desert town. Air
turbines fields covering all surrounding hills and the large airfield near the
town, the Mojave Air and Space Port, with the many abounded large airplanes (few
movies were taken there…).
is not a mandatory stop or has major tourist attraction, but it can be use as “fill
gas, stretch your lag and eat something” stop on your road-trip to California
deserts or when heading to Las Vegas or Arizona.
industry played a significant role in the town’s founding in 1876. The location
was chosen as a Southern Pacific Railroad construction camp. A rail superintendent
made Mojave the final-destination for 20-mule’s teams (actually 18 mules and
two horses) pulling wagons of borax mined in Death Valley.
than 40 railroad trains move through Mojave each day.
Mojave Air and Space Port:
From 1941 to
1961, the airfield was occupied by the U.S. military. In November 2012, East
Kern Airport District changed their name to the Mojave Air and Space Port.
On December 14,
1986, Voyager was the first aircraft to make an unrefueled around the world
flight, it was designed and built in Mojave.
The airport does
not offer tours to the public.
I always wanted
to take picture of deserted airplanes….
Wind Farm: The Tehachapi
Pass Wind Farm is home to over 4,700 wind turbines, and at the time of its
construction in the early 1980s was one of the largest wind farms in the United
For me Mojave
is the gateway to amazing south section of the eastern Sierra….
of Mojave, 150 miles away. One of the best winter destinations in eastern California.
Mojave National Preserve:
130 miles east
of Mojave, passing Barstow, and you will reach Baker, California, an exit on
the I-15 (on the way to Vegas). This small off-highway stop can be your entering
point into the great Mojave National Preserve desert.