Nestled against the border with Nevada and bounded on three sides by Mojave National Preserve, the 20,920 acre National Monument provides serenity, solitude, natural soundscapes and dark night skies. The National Monument protects an expanse of relatively intact desert ecosystem, and connects ecosystems in the New York Mountains and the Piute Mountains. It provides a wide variety of recreational experiences and opportunities for hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, overlanding and plenty of solitude.
Size: 20,920 acre
Terrain Type(s): Desert, Mountain
Castle Mountains National Monument and adjacent Mojave National Preserve lies within a few hours' drive of several major metropolitan areas. Castle Mountains can only be accessed by dirt roads. A high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
Do not rely on GPS directions to navigate to or within Castle Mountains National Monument. GPS maps aren't always up to date, especially for remote areas. Travelers to the area should carry up-to-date road maps to verify the accuracy of GPS directions if used. Use common sense before heading down a primitive dirt road in the desert.
You can approach Castle Mountains from Walking Box Ranch Road off of Nevada State Rd 164 (Nipton Road) or from several unnamed dirt roads off of Lanfair Road in Mojave National Preserve.