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10386 California City Blvd, California City, California, 93505, United States
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Travel Tips for California City

20 Mule Team Trail Marker

by Yaqui

This wonderful marker sits by the very route these massive wood wagons carrying borax from Death Valley to the Mojave railhead traveling over 165 miles all year long during the harsh winters and deadly heat of the Mojave Desert. You will find this marker at the Bill Borax Park located outside of town. A very popular OHV park that has all the amenities.

16363 Twenty Mule Team Parkway
California City, CA 93505

Take I-58 East turn left on I-14 North / Bishop.
Turn right at California City Blvd.
Turn left on Randsburg Mojave Rd. (Turns into Twenty Mule Team Pkwy.)%

For those GPS users: N35* 10.278' W117* 50.247'

Randsburg-Mojave Road Marker

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Built by the Rice & Shippee Company of Mojave in 1896 to help transport goods and people to Mojave railhead from Randsburg mine and town. I know I know, another marker...ugh! Yet, its these markers let everyone know how significant these places changed the evolution of transportation and made our lives a little more easier.

Take I-58 East turn left on I-14 North / Bishop.
Turn right at California City Blvd.
Turn left on Randsburg Mojave Rd. (Turns into Twenty Mule Team Pkwy.)

California City

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California City too was graced by explorer Padre Francisco Graces’, who was a simple Franciscan missionary who was given the daunting task of searching out news lands and souls for the church. He traveled from as far as New Mexico to California and was considered the first white man to set foot in these areas. Many of his discoveries and trails are still used today as trails and highways. He camped here in Castle Butte during his famous exploration in 1776. Later the other famous Twenty Mule Team would use his trail to bring their heavy loads of borax from Death Valley 165 miles to the Mojave railhead. This trail has since been dedicated in 1975 as a National Recreation Trail by the Department of the Interior.

"Still a great place to feed the ducks!"

Established officially in 1958 by a visionary named Nat Medelsohn, whose dream of developing a little oasis of a master plan city surrounding a massive 26 acres park the includes a man made lake and waterfall. These 80,000 acres also consist of ancient presoak bushes, Joshua trees, towering buttes, seasonal wildflowers, and a vast array of desert creatures all located within the Mojave Desert. California City is also considered a mecca of OHV (off highway vehicles). It abounds with wonderful landscapes of trails, camping, and year around friendly weather. It is a favorite place of weekend warriors who find this place being the most accessible and convenient.


The desert tortoise (Gopherus agazzizi) is the official California State reptile. It is long-lived, slow to mature, and has a low reproductive potential. Individuals may live 60 to 100 years and may reach a length of about 15 inches. Tortoises do not mature until 14 to 20 years of age and even then eggs are not necessarily laid every year. Hatchling tortoises receive no parental care. Since their shells don't completely harden for 4 to 5 years, the young tortoises are especially vulnerable to predators.

Tortoises live in underground burrows that shelter them from the summer sun and provide a place to hibernate in the winter. These burrows are often found under perennial bushes where the root system stabilize the burrow and the foliage provides additional shade.

Tortoises feed on annual wildflowers and grasses in the spring and sometimes again in the fall. During feeding periods, they accumulate fat and store water. These food reserves must carry the tortoises through the summer and, in some years, to the next spring.


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