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Palm to Pines Scenic Byway Tour
The Palms to Pines Scenic Byway offers a full variety of ecosystems in the Lower Sonoran region. From clusters of desert palms to high country conifer forests and snow-capped mountains, you will experience a contrast of ecosystems within a short distance. Admire fantastic views of the urbanized v...
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Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
Description: Spectacular eastern Mojave scenery. Sun-scorched washes and mesas rise 7,000 feet from Clipper Valley, meeting weathered crags that offer magnificent East Mojave vistas. An ancient ocean, limestone rock, and time formed the cool Mitchell Caverns, home to California myotis bats and rare pseudo-scorpions.

Wildlife to Watch: 140 bird species. Upland birds and birds of prey are seen year-round. High probability of seeing songbirds in April and May, bats year-round. Watch for small mammals and predators year-round; coyotes are readily seen. Reptiles can be seen from May to October.

Joshua trees, cactus gardens, and creosote sustain threatened desert tortoises, kangaroo rats, greater roadrunners, and ladder-backed woodpeckers. Thirty-five reptile and amphibian species reside here, including chuckwallas, desert-collared lizards, and banded geckos. Resident bushtits, verdins, and wrens are joined by migratory finches, warblers, and orioles. Antelope ground squirrels, coyotes, and gray foxes move through open country at dawn and dusk. Look for elusive desert bighorn sheep near Crystal Spring and watch the skies for nearly a dozed hawk and owl species.


Other Activities: Few trails, open hiking. Remote. Adjacent to the new Mojave National Park.

Ownership: California State Parks 
Size: 5,900 acres 
Closest Town: Goffs

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Providence Mountains SRA - Photo by California State Parks
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Driving Directions:
From Interstate 40 about 100 miles east of Barstow, take Essex Road north 16 miles to visitor center.

For more information call (760) 928-2586.

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Providence Mountains State Recreation Area : Wildlife Viewing Area