Friday, April 6, 2018
An Incredible Spot in the Mojave Desert, the Hole in the Wall. You could see it for yourself this summer
Mojave National Preserve is one of our nation's newest parks (established in 1994). It was carved out from Bureau of Land Management lands in the eastern Mojave Desert, preserving one of the most awesome sand dune complexes in the country, the Kelso Dunes, a barren landscape of geologically recent volcanic cinder cones, one of the largest Joshua Tree forests in existence, and some of the highest mountain ranges in the Mojave Desert, with rocks as old as 1.7 billion years old, as ancient as those in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The preserve also encompasses a California State Recreation Area, the Providence Mountains, and Mitchell Caverns, a unique limestone cave system. The caverns were closed during the recession, and then severely vandalized, but they have finally been reopened for visitation (see this Facebook page for updates).
please check out the previous post for details. We will be on the road for two weeks, and this will be only the first of many wonders that we will explore.