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Mojave Road Monument
Mojave Road Monument


Located in the heart of the Preserve, the Mojave Road Monument stands among tall Creosote Bushes quietly commemorating the history of humans crossing the Mojave Desert.

From the beginning of time, native peoples used this route to move goods between the Colorado River and the Pacific Coast. Later Spanish missionaries and American explorers used the route, which was then developed into an army wagonroad. Today the road remains a faint track across the desert, used by adventuresome backroad riders in their modern 4WD vehicles.

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Mojave Road Monument

Getting to the Mojave Road Monument

The Mojave Road Monument is located in Mojave National Preserve, about 1-1/4 hours south of Las Vegas. From town, drive south on I-15 into California, and then out towards the Kelso Depot Visitor Center.

From Cima, continue south on Kelso-Cima Road for 4.4 miles to Cedar Canyon Road (Table 1, Site 0832), on the left. Do not turn onto Cedar Canyon Road.

A few yards past the intersection, on the right (west) side of the highway, a dirt road takes off across the desert. This is the historic Mojave Road, and the mounment sits a few steps of the pavement.

Mojave Road Monument

Text of the monument: "The Mojave Road. Long ago Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert to reach the Pacific coast from their homes along the Colorado River. In 1776, the Spanish missionary Francisco Garces became the first non-Indian to trek these trans-desert routes. In 1826 Jedediah Smith trod these trails to become the first white man to reach the California coast overland from mid-America. The routes became a military wagonroad in 1859 when Fort Mojave on the Colorado River was established. This travel route remained a major link between Los Angeles and points east until a railroad was completed across the desert in 1883.

Dedicated April, 1986 by the Transierra Roisterous Alliance of Senior Humbugs of E Clampus Vitus"

Mojave Road Monument
Kelso-Cima Road at Cedar Canyon Road
Mojave Road Monument
Mojave Road Monument
Mojave Road Monument
Driving west on the Mojave Road
Mojave Road Monument
Mojave Road (view W)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0831 Kelso-Cima Rd at Cima 636500 3900110 35.23656 115.49990 4,176 Yes
0832 Cima-Kelso Rd at Cedar Cyn Rd 635848 3893416 35.17631 115.50817 3,727 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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