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New York Mountain Road
Ivanpah Road west to Caruthers Canyon Road
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New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
Ivanpah Rd at New York Mountain Rd (view S)

Overview

New York Mountain Road is a graded dirt road in California that connects Ivanpah Road with Cedar Canyon Road in the Mojave National Preserve. The road can be a bit sandy and washed out.

This road provides access to north-central portions of the Mojave National Preserve, and in particular it is used for access to the Caruthers Canyon recreational sites in the New York Mountains.

Link to map.

New York Mountain Road
Ivanpah Rd - New York Mtn Rd street sign (view S)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about the desert, ... the east end of this road is safe and should be passable out to Caruthers Canyon Road in a sedan, but it is not as well maintained as other roads in the area. 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.

Getting to the Road

This road is located in California, about 2 hours 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. Turn right onto Ivanpah Road and drive south 24.2 miles to New York Mountain Road.

New York Mountain Road
New York Mtn Road (view W from Ivanpah Road)

The Road

From Ivanpah Road (Table 1, Site 1259), New York Mountain Road runs west 12.5 miles to a T-intersection with Cedar Canyon Road (Site 1450).

Driving west, the sometimes sandy road runs at a gradual incline through an expansive Joshua Tree forest towards the south edge of the New York Mountains. At about 3.1 miles out, the road passes a 4-way intersection with Ross Ranch Road (note name on 4x4 post).

Continuing straight, the road passes several minor side roads, then at 5.7 miles out, reaches a 4-way intersection with Caruthers Canyon Road (Site 1260). For most people, this ends the use of New York Mountain Road, as they turn right and drive north into the New York Mountains. For others, a rough and somewhat confusing road continues west and then south to Cedar Canyon Road (Site 1450).

New York Mountain Road
Graded, but somewhat sandy road (view W)
New York Mountain Road
Granite crags in New York Mountains come into view (view NW)
New York Mountain Road New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
Ranch sign along the road (view W)
New York Mountain Road
That is my kind of sign! (view NW)
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road at Ross Ranch Road (view W)
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
Side road merges from the right (view W)
New York Mountain Road
Granite crags in New York Mountains
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road at Caruthers Canyon Road (view W)
 New York Mountain Road
Caruthers Canyon Road (view N from New York Mountain Road)
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
1260 NY Mts Rd at Caruthers Rd 655000 3898274 35.21732 115.29701 5,397 Yes
1450 Cedar Cyn Rd at NY Mts Rd 651960 3891546 35.15714 115.33163 4,811 Yes

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