Mojave Trails National Monument encompasses 1.6 million acres of desert ecosystems, that include lava flows and mountains spread across a vast tract of the Mojave Desert. The focal point is the sand dunes; in particular, the remote and nearly pristine Cadiz Dunes that formed from the sand of dry lake beds.
Mojave Trails National Monument is comprised of a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes. It offers numerous opportunities for exploration, camping and hiking near Los Angeles and San Diego in Southern California.
The monument protect irreplaceable historic resources including ancient Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. Additionally, the area has been a focus of study and research for decades, including geological research and ecological studies on the effects of climate change and land management practices on ecological communities and wildlife.
The monument was established in February 2016 by the United States government, and along with Sand to Snow National Monument, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains National Monument, is the the world’s second-largest desert preserve.
Size: 1.6 million acres
Terrain Type(s): Desert, Mountain