Alecia Hoyt’s adventures across the United States, in words, videos and photographs

Mojave National Preserve

Another amazing and beautiful place our travels have taken us!  Unfortunately, 8 miles on a 2 wheel drive dirt road and a snow storm caused some issues for the Scotty.  Instead of staying at the park and hiking for a couple of days, we had to beat tires to the Home Depot, 100 miles away in Barstow California.  More details about that adventure in another post!

The national preserve was definitely dog friendly, and for that we love them!!  If not for the Scotty needing repair, we would have stayed and enjoyed the trails.  Dogs are allowed on all trails, on a 6ft or shorter leash.  Never allowed left unattended.

The visitor center at Kelsoe Depot had a lot of great information, including a short informational video on the park, it geology, biology, history and amenities.  They also had flyers and maps with information about the park, campgrounds, hiking and offroading.  The park really has something for everyone, including 4 wheel drive roads for off-roaders, all different skill levels of hiking for people and dogs : ), ranger programs, campgrounds, and a cavern (Mitchell Caverns, which I did not have time to visit.  The geology includes desert, mountain desert, and sand dunes for starters.

Now, enjoy some photographs from the Mojave desert~

Daisy and Max looking not so thrilled about more time in the desert!

Daisy and Max looking not so thrilled about more time in the desert!

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve.  Drops are leftover from the heavy morning fog~

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve. Drops are leftover from the heavy morning fog~

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve.  Drops are leftover from the heavy morning fog~

Pretty desert flowers from the Mojave National Preserve. Drops are leftover from the heavy morning fog~

yeah....it turns out this was a BAD idea...

yeah....it turns out this was a BAD idea...

Train headed through the preserve towards the Kelsoe Depot

Train headed through the preserve towards the Kelsoe Depot

3 Responses to “Mojave National Preserve”

  1. Wade says:

    I like the 6th pic down from the top of the red cactus flower, such close detail. Better than what my eyes usually see. The train pic is awesome too. It should be in a magazine.

  2. admin says:

    thanks man! If you know any magazines, feel free to send the photo along : ) I dream of being a freelance photojournalist someday. I think they are a bit of a dying breed, but maybe I can just squeeze in there before the profession becomes obsolete~ For a shower and a tour around Bellingham, I’ll give you and Theresa a copy of the photograph of your choice : )

  3. Shary says:

    flowers are amazing!! love the train pic :)

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