Discover Secrets of the Deserts


Driving Distance: 202 Miles

  • 45-minute east via State Route 178 are the Trona Pinnacles, The trek requires some travel on a maintained dirt road.  It’s passable under most conditions, but high-clearance vehicles are recommended. (52 miles)
  • Head west on State Route 178, then south on State Route 14 to Red Rock Canyon State Park.  Undeveloped Ricardo Campground includes a visitors center, which is open Friday-Sunday (hours vary).  (13 miles)
  • South of the park is Jawbone Station (28111 Jawbone Canyon Road, Cantil; 760-373-1146)  (6 miles). Continue south again State Route 14 to California City Boulevard, then head east.
  • Backtrack along California City Boulevard to State Route 14. Then it’s south to State Route 58 and west to Bakersfield, completing the loop. (22 miles)
  • At the intersection of State Routes 14 and 58 lies Mojave, a former railroad town that is now the hub of private aerospace development. The Mojave Air and Space Port at Legacy Park, on the spaceport grounds, features memorabilia on display. (29 miles)
  • Back on State Route 58, drive East to U.S. Highway 395 then turn left (north) to the living ghost town of Randsburg. (36 miles).  It’s north again via Highway 395 to Ridgecrest, to complete the tour.

Image and Driving Tour Source: Kern County Board of Trade;