This is a 3-day trip. We will start at the Colorado River near Needles, CA. The
Mojave Road was a main wagon trail for only a relatively short time, two decades
after the civil war, until the railroads came. While it was used, the Mojave
Road was plagued by hostile Indians, lack of water, long stretches of sand and
rough hill climbs. Like most trails the Mojave Road was first an Indian path,
used as a trade route. The Mojave Indians, who lived along the Colorado River,
would travel to the coast, following the path that guaranteed water. The first
European to use the Mojave trail was probably Father Francisco Graces in 1776.
Traveling the Mojave Road isn't a picnic. It's a 2- or 3-day excursion, best
made in convoy with other 4-wheelers. The trip begins on the bank of the
Colorado River. The terrain is mostly desert; some hills over the various
mountain ranges; a dry lake; water crossings; canyons; and areas of soft sand.
We will follow the trail from spring to spring to spring. There is much history
to observe along the way. We will see springs, remains of forts, lava flows and
The Mojave Road would have faded from sight except for the curiosity and
perseverance of Dennis Casebier, of Goffs. He points out that the road, while
not a particularly tough 4-wheel drive trail, is a dangerous place.
"You can die out there," he said. "And the people who want to go see the trail
need to be equipped properly. There are no signs leading you onto the Mojave
Road; just rock Cairns.
Because of the length of the trail and the isolation, we recommend you bring to
bring an extra 5 gallons gas. The road is 120 miles long. In addition bring a
few gallons of water. There is nowhere to get fresh water. Bring your own food
and a means to cook it. You will need appropriate clothing/shelter/sleeping
arrangement. This is the desert in the winter. It gets below freezing at night.
Also bring your own Bathroom. There are none.
Bring firewood so we can have a campfire.
We rate this trail at a 2. Trail rating 2 requires good
vehicle clearance and use of 4WD with no special driving skill required.
Read Susan Spano's write up in the LA Times of her trip on the