One of America's greatest and most iconic off-road trips, in pictures.
Few dirt roads in America can rival the Mojave Road, which runs 140 miles across California's Mojave Desert, one of the hottest and most barren places on earth. Home to dormant volcanoes, towering sand dunes, and bazillions of Joshua trees — not to mention scorpions, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, and the endangered desert tortoise — the Mojave offers the kind of adventure that a 4x4 was built for. Here's a sneak peek. To see more, check out our travel feature.
One hundred and thirty-nine miles to go.
Miles of hard sand, not another vehicle in sight.
Sunset over the Preserve's western edge.
One of many, many (many) Joshua trees.
The road's good, but not always level.
Halfway through without a single issue.
Not the worst campsite in the world.
The Milky Way. See it every night, without fail.
Beware of jackrabbits and other furry varmints who like to dash into the road.
A landscape any scary movie aficionado would love.
Into the lava fields.
The lava fields contain some of the park's best and most technical 4x4 routes.
Next stop: the Cajon Pass.
Bighorn sheep, outside Zzyzx.
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