The Black Pipe

The Black Pipe The Black Pipe, about 3 miles west of Jawbone Station on Jawbone Canyon Rd. is part of the original Los Angeles Aqueduct, built between 1908-1913. The riveted iron pipe is a siphon, one of 23 in the system, used to bring water up and over the canyons. The original aqueduct was 233 […]

Walker Pass

Walker Pass In 1830, Joseph Walker became the first Caucasian to travel through the pass. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) crosses the highway here, and just west of the pass is the BLM Walker Pass Campground with walk-in sites (a few drive-in sites for small motorhomes). Pit toilets and water are also found here. […]

Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark

Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark One of the country’s outstanding examples of tufa deposits is located in Searles Valley near the town of Trona. This unique geological feature consists of more than 500 spires, some as high as 140 feet. The Pinnacles were formed when microscopic blue-green algae extracted carbon dioxide from calcium carbonate (lime). Bit […]

Rand Mountain Management Area

Rand Mountain Management Area The Rand Mountain Management Area contains approximately 120 miles of OHV trails. Camping is allowed in designated primitive campsites only. Use caution, as there are open mine shafts around this area. Off-roaders must ride only on signed trails, and respect the area’s proximity to the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area. NO […]

Rand Mining District

Rand Mining District The Rand Mining District consists of the communities of Randsburg, Johannesburg, Atolia, and Red Mountain. The discovery of gold in 1895 at the site of the Yellow Aster Mine resulted in the emergence of these boom towns. During the life of the Yellow Aster Mine, $16 million dollars in profit was returned to the […]

Los Angeles Aqueducts

Los Angeles Aqueducts Paralleling west of Highway 14 through the map area, the two covered aqueducts carry water from Mono Lake to Los Angeles, a distance of 226 miles. Completed in 1913, the first aqueduct siphoned water the entire distance without the use of pumping stations. In 1970, the second aqueduct was completed. Both are […]

Holly Ash Mine / Calsilco Mine

Holly Ash Mine / Calsilco Mine During the late 1800s and early 1900s, miners discovered the pumice which was used in household cleaners like Holly Cleanser. The pumice was pulverized into an ash, and the mine draws its first name from the process. It’s other name comes from the Calsilco Corporation who operated the mine […]

Harts Place

Harts Place This property began its life as a product of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” as a trading post and meeting place for miners and travelers. Harts Place burned to the ground in the 1950s and was never rebuilt. In 2017, Friends of Jawbone purchased the Harts Place property to establish a permanent […]

Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area

Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area (DTRNA) The Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area (DTRNA) is 39.5 square miles of prime, natural habitat set aside for the desert tortoise, the official California State Reptile. No OHV use is allowed in the preserve. The preserve boasts rich flora and fauna representative of the intricate Mojave Desert ecosystem. In […]

Cyrus Canyon MX Park

Cyrus Canyon MX Park Located northeast of Lake Isabella, Cyrus Canyon OHV Park, operated by Sequoia National Forest, consists of a small, flat area (for beginner riders) and an advanced loop trail. The loop trail provides riders with steep slopes, sharp turns, jumps, and hills. The park is open for ATVs, quads, and motorcycles. More […]