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Mojave Trails National Monument

Spanning 1.6 million acres, the Mojave Trails National Monument comprises a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows and fossil beds, and spectacular sand dunes. Rare plants and many native animal species call this timeless landscape home. The monument also contains irreplaceable historical resources, such as World War II training camps and the longest-remaining undeveloped stretch of the iconic Route 66.

 

A critical travel corridor for millennia, the Mojave Trails area links the Pacific coast to the deserts of the Southwest and beyond. The Mojave Indian Trail is the earliest known route through the area. Native Americans used this route for thousands of years, and early Spanish explorers and traders followed its course as well.

 

The Mojave Trails National Monument is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands and preserves cultural, ecological, and historical legacies for the benefit of present and future generations.

 

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

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Taken on February 14, 2014