Castle Mountains National Monument

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Photo: David Lamfrom,

Surrounded on three sides by Mojave National Preserve in Southern California, the almost 21,000-acre Castle Mountains National Monument protects a stunning landscape rich in Native American and Western history, wildlife including bighorn sheep and mountain lions, vast Joshua tree forests and rare desert grasslands.  Along with neighboring and nearby Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, as well as  Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Death Valley National Park, this vast and connected regional network represents one of the greatest desert conservation reserves in the world.


Location & Local Communities: Castle Mountains NM can only be accessed by dirt roads, and a high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Castle Mountains can be accessed from Walking Box Ranch Road off of Nevada State Rd 164 (Nipton Road), or from a network of unnamed dirt roads off of Lanfair Road in Mojave National Preserve. Local gateway communities in California include: Baker (approx. 80 miles), Needles (approx. 80 miles), Barstow (approx. 140 miles), Twentynine Palms (approx. 160 miles); and in Nevada, Laughlin (approx. 60 miles), and Las Vegas (approx. 90 miles); and in Arizona, Bullhead City (approx. 65 miles), Lake Havasu (approx. 120 miles), and Kingman (approx. 120 miles).

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