Explore the wonders of the Mojave Desert
The Mojave includes many cool geologic features, natural wonders and the home of the first airport designated by the US Government to be a civilian spaceport.
It is the place where all the Space Shuttles were built and the subject of the move "The Right Stuff" at Edwards AFB.
You will enjoy vast vistas, natural wonders like the Kelso Dunes, AKA the "Singing Sand Dune", Amboy crater, The Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley and much, much more.
A day traveling through the Mojave will make you see things in a new light.
Leave San Diego, traveling north on Hwy I-15 toward Barstow, where we will follow I-40 east into the Mojave National Preserve. We will visit Amboy Crater, Kelso Dunes and Kelso Station.
Then we will travel southwest on I-15 through Baker, CA and Soda dry lake. We will drive through the Mojave Desert until we arrive in Barstow. Then we will follow Hwy 58 through Kramer Junction, alongside Edwards AFB, (where the Space Shuttle landed regularly in the first two years of the project), and on to the first civilian airport to be designated a spaceport by the US Government, Mojave Airport. You will see the Rotary Rocket and the building where they build Spaceship One, winner of the Xprize as well as the Voyager that circled the world on one tank of gas back in 1986.
As we return home, along Hwy 14, through Los Angeles on I-5 we will go through Lancaster and Palmdale, home of Air Force Plant 42, where all the Space Shuttles were built. Right next to the Lockheed Skunk Works.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at a San Diego location you specify.
End location: Tour typically ends where I picked you up, but you can specify anywhere in San Diego County
Duration: 8 hours
Tour will take 8 to 10 hours, with breaks and photo stops along the way.
New, roomy, vehicle rented specifically for comfort.
All transportation, entry to National Parks and quality tour guide services.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - Anything you buy along the way, including meals.
Anything you buy along the way, including your meals and souvenirs.
I am a disabled veteran with leg damage. I can walk a bit but not long distances. This should not cause any issues with my tours since they are mostly sightseeing from the car. Walking is minimal.