Castle Mountains Tour with the NPCA – May 17, 2009

I just received this invitation from Michael Cipra of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Unfortunately, I’m leaving for Utah on May 14 and will not return until May 24, otherwise I’d be heading to the Castle Mountains with the NPCA! The Castle Mountains area is spectacular, remote, and quiet, so I highly encourage you to participate.

“I’d like to extend the invitation to you to join us this Sunday, May 17, for a tour of the Castle Mountains, a beautiful California desert area that the National Parks Conservation Association is proposing be added to Mojave National Preserve. Full details of this tour are below. If you have questions or would like to attend, please RSVP to me by this Friday. Hope to hear from you, and to see you this weekend in the Mojave!


You’re Invited on a Tour of the Mojave!

Sunday, May 17th, Castle Mountains Auto Tour and Hike

Meet at 8 AM at the Desert Discovery Center
831 Barstow Road Barstow, CA 92311

Join California Wilderness Coalition and the National Parks Conservation Association on a day of exploration and hiking among castle-like rock formations, Joshua tree forests, and exquisite scenery. This will be a driving tour with a couple of short, easy hikes and lots of great photo opportunities!

We’ll leave from the Desert Discovery Center parking lot at 8 a.m. and travel along Historic Route 66, as well as I-15, driving past the Cady Mountains, Afton Canyon, the Soda Mountains, and the Mojave National Preserve, arriving finally at the Castle Mountains. We’ll return by traveling through the Mojave National Preserve and along I-40. We will learn some natural and cultural history along the way while enjoying the beautiful desert landscapes.

We encourage folks to arrive in Barstow a day early to check out some of the interesting history and attractions that the high desert has to offer:

The Harvey House

The Desert Discovery Center

Mother Road Route 66 Museum

The Mojave River Valley Museum

For the day of the auto tour and hike, please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring 2 liters of water per person and a picnic lunch. We will return to Barstow by mid-afternoon.

Space is limited, so please reserve a spot ahead of time by sending an email to

Mike Cipra
California Desert Program Manager
National Parks Conservation Association
Protecting Our National Parks for Future Generations
61325 29 Palms Highway, Suite B
Joshua Tree, CA 92252”

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