Mojave National Park
As you venture through the cave, you will come to a series of ventricles in the tube ceiling. An old stone house marks the beginning of the trail. Derby Entry Permit must be purchased upon arrival and prior to the start of fishing. The lava tube at Mojave National Preserve measures about feet long.
Mojave River Forks Regional Park
The views are otherworldly! I will admit, we were hesitant about hiking this preserve. Having just spend the previous day hiking Joshua Tree Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt Park we did not think this National Preserve would measure up. We hiked two trails at the Preserve and spent a total of 5 hours at the Preserve split between hiking and driving. The Preserve is very big, and it takes time to get from one trail to the next.
The ring loops trail is a Mojave National Park hike trail that takes you through Banshee Canyon. In fact, a free-standing information board we came across stated that Banshee Canyon was once a hideout of Jesse James. Also, we had the trail to ourselves — we ran into maybe 6 people so while we had our face masks with us, Mojave National Park did not feel the need to wear them. I recommend wearing layers on this hike too. It was very windy and cold to start. About halfway into the hike I found myself removing layers.
I recommend picking up the trailhead at the Hole-in-the-wall Visitors Center. Mojave, yuccas, cholla and prickly pear cactus are just a few of the desert plants we spotted on our hike. We did not see any animals on this hike but there were a lot of dung piles which we believe were probably from cows or sheep. We also hiked Kelso Dunes. This was a very rewarding and challenging hike. It took 1. Dress accordingly and hike with water. I also recommend you bring Chapstick with.
You will be in the sun the entire time. There is no where to sit and grab some shade on this hike. The views are just as spectacular at the base as they are from the top of the summit. We also had the chance to catch the sunset mid-way up the sand dune which was breathtaking.
It looked like this was a popular sunset spot since we noticed an increase in hikers during the sunset. Something we wish we knew about in advance is the drive to the base of the sand dune. There are very large potholes in the 3 mile stretch of gravel road leading to the designated parking spaces.
Make sure you have a spare tire especially if you will be visiting with a rental car like we did. Parking spaces are limited but, we had no issues finding a place to park.
Bathroom facilities were also open.
The Mojave National Preserve
Catch and release is not allowed. Someone stole the cross in and replaced it with a replica. Fishing License must be in participants possession at all times. The tree grows fast, an average of 3 inches per year in the first decade of its life.