Mojave Trails National Monument

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Mojave Trails National Monument
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Location San Bernardino County, California, U.S.
Coordinates 34°36′N116°00′W / 34.6°N 116°W / 34.6; -116 Coordinates: 34°36′N116°00′W / 34.6°N 116°W / 34.6; -116
Area1,600,000 acres (650,000 ha)
AuthorizedFebruary 12, 2016 (2016-Feb-12)
Governing body Bureau of Land Management
Website Mojave Trails National Monument

Mojave Trails National Monument is a large U.S. National Monument located in the state of California between Interstates 15 and 40. [1] It partially surrounds the Mojave National Preserve. It was designated by President Obama on February 12, 2016, along with Castle Mountains National Monument and Sand to Snow National Monument. [2] It is under the control of the Bureau of Land Management.

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Features

Like the Mojave National Preserve, Mojave Trails National Monument contains mountain ranges, volcanic features, and sand dunes. Mojave Trails National Monument is the largest national monument in the contiguous United States and so far is almost entirely undeveloped. Four wilderness areas are within the monument: Trilobite, Clipper Mountain, Piute Mountains and Bigelow Cholla Garden. [3]

The most visited area in Mojave Trails National Monument is Amboy Crater, a cinder cone extinct volcano, which was a popular sight for travelers in the heyday of route 66 from the 1920s to the 1960s. [3]

Another area with developed recreation facilities is Afton Canyon, one of only two places where the 140-mile long Mojave River continuously flows above the ground. Afton Canyon has steep rock walls that earned it the nickname of “Grand Canyon of the Mojave”. [3]

One of the most remote areas in the monument consists of the nearly pristine Cadiz Dunes, which are orange-pink and unvegetated. They formed from the sand of dry lake beds. [4] [3]

Cultural resources in Mojave Trails National Monument include 105 miles of historic U.S. Route 66, from Needles to Ludlow, the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66, and some of the best preserved sites from the World War II-era Desert Training Center. [3]

Bonanza Spring, an important water resource, and Bonanza Springs Wildlife Area is located in the National Monument. [3]

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Amboy Crater

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Clipper Mountain Wilderness Wilderness area in California, United States

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Castle Mountains National Monument Protected area in Mojave Desert, California

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Cadiz Dunes Wilderness Protected wilderness area in California, United States

Cadiz Dunes Wilderness is a protected wilderness area in the Mojave Trails National Monument in San Bernardino County, California. Established in 1994 by the U.S. Congress, the area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This wilderness area is north of Joshua Tree National Park, Sheephole Valley Wilderness lies to the west, Old Woman Mountains Wilderness to the east. The dunes of Cadiz Dunes were formed by blowing sands from the Cadiz dry lake, all located in the Cadiz Valley between the Calumet Mountains and the Old Woman Mountains. The ecology is typical of the Mojave Desert with wildlife that includes coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, quail, roadrunners, and rattlesnakes. The area is known for a brilliant display of springtime desert wildflowers including the Borrego milkvetch.

References

  1. Sahagun, Louis (February 11, 2016). "Obama creates 3 new national monuments to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  2. Eilperin, Juliet. "The Washington Post" (February 12, 2016). Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Mojave Trails National Monument". U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. A Monumental Addition in California