MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT
One of North America’s most unique landscapes, the Mojave Desert is home to vital wildlife habitat, unspoiled desert vistas, and an incredible slice of American history. Mojave Trails is the connective tissue linking Mojave National Preserve to Joshua Tree National Park and existing Wilderness Areas, providing habitat for sensitive wildlife and pristine scenery. It contains irreplaceable archeological and cultural sites including sacred Native American trails and trade routes.
Diversity in the Desert
Mojave Trains boasts stunning springs of underground water, like diamonds in the rough, teaming with desert life, and shifting sand dunes that hum in the wind¾havens for kit foxes.
Other national treasures in the proposed monument include:
- The scenic lava flows of Amboy Crater—North America’s youngest volcano and a National Natural Landmark;
- The 550 million-year-old trilobite fossil beds of the Marble Mountains;
- Sleeping Beauty Valley—the last intact valley representing the West Mojave plant ecosystem; and
- The Cady Mountains—one of the best areas in the Mojave to see bighorn sheep.
Wildlife and Outdoor Exploration
Mojave Trails National Monument will preserve wildlife and recreational corridors that connect two national parks and 13 wilderness areas—a refuge for bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, and fringe-toed lizards. It will also protect the area’s rich geology. Mojave Trails is a treasure trove for research and education.
A national monument designation ensures that locals and visitors will continue to be able to explore and access outdoor recreation and education activities such as hiking, camping, hunting, searching for rocks and fossils, and much more.
The proposed Mojave Trails National Monument includes the longest undeveloped stretch of historic Route 66, a major economic driver for surrounding communities.
Visitors from around the world flock to explore The Mother Road and experience a slice of America’s bygone heritage. This quintessential American icon was recognized as one of the “15 Must-See Endangered Cultural Treasures” by Smithsonian Magazine.
Benefiting the Land and People
The designation of Mojave Trails National Monument will safeguard natural, historic, recreational and scenic features from industrial development. It will also ensure that these public lands remain open to outdoor recreation, hunting, grazing, and traditional uses, as well as enhance visitor services and facilities.
In addition, the designation of Mojave Trails National Monument will generate more awareness of this incredible area and bolster gateway communities, promoting tourism and economic opportunity in the surrounding cities and towns.