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Morning Star Mine Road - Southbound
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Morning Star Mine Road
Morningstar Mine Road
Ivanpah Road at Morning Star Mine Road (view SE)

Overview

Morning Star Mine Road runs southwest 15 miles from Ivanpah Road to Cima. The road technically "ends" at a 3-way intersection with Kelso-Cima Road and Cima Road, but the road simply changes names and continues southwest without interruption.

The entire road is paved and normally is fine for sedans, but it can become washed out during storms and the pavement needs a bit of work.

This road provides access to central portions of the Mojave National Preserve, but it primarily serves as a highway connecting southern California (e.g., Palm Springs, 29 Palms) with Las Vegas.

Link to map.

Morningstar Mine Road
Ivanpah - Morning Star Mine street signs

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about the desert, ... the road is fine for sedans. Use your own good judgment about the road conditions, as the road is subject to washouts. The road is posted at 55 mph, but pay extra attention on rough sections of pavement.

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!

Morningstar Mine Road
Morning Star Mine Road (view SW)

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. Turn right onto Ivanpah Road and drive southeast 3.2 miles to Morning Star Mine Road, on the right.

The Road

From Ivanpah Road (Table 1, Site 1265), Morning Star Mine Road runs southwest and out across the wildness of the Mojave Desert, climbing towards the horizon at a gradual pace. At about 6.5 miles out, the road passes an historic corral and water tank on the left. Unfortunately, this has become a target for graffiti in recent years.

Morningstar Mine Road
Expansive scenery (view SW)

Morning Star Mine Road continues southwest until curving left and running south through an area thick with Joshua Trees, some of which are quite tall. The road runs south until it nears railroad tracks. Notice on the right that there was a recent 40-acre wildfire (May 2013); it will be interesting to watch the vegetation recover over the decades.

After curving right to avoid the railroad tracks, the road soon arrives at a 3-way intersection (Site 0831) with Kelso-Cima Road and Cima Road where this road, technically, ends.

Morningstar Mine Road
Historic corral and water tank (view SW)
Morningstar Mine Road
Some sections of the road are nice and smooth (view SW)
Morningstar Mine Road
Some sections of the road are quite rough (view S)
Morning Star Mine Road
40-acre wildfire near Cima
Morningstar Mine Road
Approaching Cima (view S)
Morningstar Mine Road
Distances to points of interest (view SE)
Morningstar Mine Road
3-way intersection: Cima, Kelso-Cima, Morning Star Mine (view SW)
Morningstar Mine Road
3-way intersection street signs at Cima

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
1265 Ivanpah Rd at Morning Star Rd 647358 3919902 35.41342 115.37706 2,837 Yes

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