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Ivanpah Road - Southbound
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Ivanpah Road
Nipton Road, approaching Ivanpah Road (view SE)

Overview

Ivanpah Road runs south from Nipton Road into the Lanfair Valley. Ivanpah Road technically "ends" when it reaches a T-intersection with Cedar Canyon Road and the name changes to Lanfair Road. The roadway, however, continues south to Goffs, California, without interruption.

Ivanpah Road is paved for 12 miles, then is graded dirt for the remaining 17.7 miles to Cedar Canyon Road. The road normally is fine for sedans during the dry season, but it can become washed out during storms.

This road provides access to eastern portions of the Mojave National Preserve and connects to roads leading to Caruthers Canyon.

Link to map.

Ivanpah Road
Industrial facilities (view S)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about the desert, ... the road is safe in a sedan depending on storms and washouts. Inquire locally about current conditions. While out in the desert, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, the area is remote, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. The road runs through prime Desert Tortoise habitat, so always keep an eye out for tortoises on the road - focus on looking for little ones!

Getting to the Road

This road is located in California, about 1 hour south of Las Vegas. From town, drive south on I-15. From Primm, Nevada, drive south 9.5 miles. Exit the interstate onto Nipton Road (Exit 286) and drive east 3.6 miles to Ivanpah Road, on the right.

Ivanpah Road
Mojave National Preserve boundary sign (view S)

The Road

From Nipton Road (Table 1, Site 1264), Ivanpah Road runs south, passing industrial facilities near the intersection, and out into the wildness of the Mojave Desert. At about 0.5 miles out, the road enters Mojave National Preserve, and at 3.2 miles, it passes Morningstar Mine Road (Site 1265), which runs southwest towards the central part of the Preserve.

Ivanpah Road continues southeast towards a low spot in the New York Mountains. At about 9.6 miles out, the road crosses railroad tracks, then bends left to parallel the tracks. Before long, the road curves away and starts into the mountains, and at 12.0 miles out, the pavement ends (Site 1266).

Ivanpah Road
Directional sign (view SE)

Ivanpah Road continues generally south as it winds into the mountains as a well maintained dirt road normally suitable for sedans. During stormy weather, the road can wash out.

After 4.8 miles on the dirt, Ivanpah Road reaches Hart Mine Road and the historic townsite of Barnwell, on the left, which appears to still be inhabited.

After winding down out of the mountains into Lanfair Valley, the road runs south-southeast to reach New York Mountain Road (Site 1259; 12.3 miles on the dirt) on the right and the historic XO Ranch on the left. Preserve managers have tentative plans to convert the ranch house into the "east-side" visitor center to focus on the history of cattle ranching in the area. New York Mountain Road connects with Caruthers Canyon Road.

Ivanpah Road
Distances to recreational points of interest (view SE)

Continuing, Ivanpah Road reaches the Nevada Southern Railway monument (Site 1475; 16.8 miles on the dirt), which also marks the point where the historic Mojave Road crosses Ivanpah Road.

Continuing south-southeast, Ivanpah Road eventually reaches Cedar Canyon Road (Site 1470; 17.7 miles on the dirt), on the right. Cedar Canyon Road runs west into central portions of the Preserve.

Although the same dirt road continues south, the road name changes to Lanfair Road. Lanfair Road continues south to the pavement and then Goffs, California.

Ivanpah Road
Approaching Morningstar Mine Road T-intersection (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Distances to highway points of interest (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Morningstar Mine Road T-intersection (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Ivanpah Rd - Morningstar Mine Road street signs (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Some of the pavement is rough (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Approaching railroad tracks (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Crossing railroad tracks (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Some of the pavement is smooth (view E)
Ivanpah Road
Pavement ends (view SE)
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Ivanpah Road at a mine road (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Approaching the New York Mountains (SE)
Ivanpah Road
Climbing into the New York Mountains (SE)
Ivanpah Road
Traversing the New York Mountains (SE)
Ivanpah Road
Ivanpah Road approaching Hart Mine Rd (view SW)
Ivanpah Road
Ivanpah Road - Hart Mine Rd street sign (view SW)
Ivanpah Road
Winding through the New York Mountains (SE)
Ivanpah Road
Passing out of the New York Mountains (S)
Ivanpah Road
Entering Lanfair Valley (view S)
Ivanpah Road
Traversing Lanfair Valley (view S)
Ivanpah Road
Approaching XO Ranch, on the left (view S)
Ivanpah Road
Approaching New York Mountain Road (view S)
Ivanpah Road
Ivanpah Road - New York Mtn Rd street sign (view S)
Ivanpah Road
York Mountain Road (view W from Ivanpah Road)
Ivanpah Road
Nevada Southern Railway monument (view W)
Ivanpah Road
Nevada Southern Railway monument (view W)
Ivanpah Road
Nevada Southern Railway monument (view SW)
Ivanpah Road
Approaching Cedar Canyon Road (view S)
Ivanpah Road
Distances to recreational points of interest (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Distances to recreational points of interest (view SE)
Ivanpah Road
Approaching Cedar Canyon Road (view S)
Ivanpah Road
Ivanpah - Lanfair - Cedar Canyon street signs
Cedar Canyon
Cedar Canyon Road (view W from Ivanpah Road)
Ivanpah Road
Lanfair Road continues south (view S)
more to come ...

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
1259 Ivanpah Rd at NY Mts Rd 663698 3896831 35.20293 115.20177 4,280 Yes
1264 Nipton Rd at Ivanpah Rd 646208 3924862 35.45829 115.38882 2,747 Yes
1265 Ivanpah Rd at Morning Star Rd 647358 3919902 35.41342 115.37706 2,837 Yes
1266 Ivanpah Rd at End of Pavement 656680 3910784 35.32981 115.27617 3,927 Yes
1470 Cedar Canyon Rd at Ivanpah Rd 665583 3888405 35.12668 115.18277 4,083 Yes

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