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San Bernardino County, California

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

The world’s largest concentrated solar plant generates as many problems as megawatts.
San Bernardino County, California

Mojave Phone Booth

In the middle of the desert, miles from any human life, sat an anomalous pay phone that still magically answers your calls.
San Bernardino County, California

Mojave Lava Tube

A volcanic tunnel illuminated by natural skylights offers a shaded respite from the desert sun.
Quartzsite, Arizona

Hi Jolly Monument

This memorial pyramid marker honors one of the United States Government's first official camel riders.
Blythe, California

Blythe Intaglios

Ancient human, animal, and geometric figures drawn in the earth.
Parker, Arizona

Parker Dam

This huge dam across the Colorado River caused an armed standoff between two U.S. states.
Amboy, California

Amboy Ghost Town

The ghost town that ended up on Ebay.
Yermo, California

Peggy Sue's 50's Diner & Diner-Saur Park

Like a kitschy mirage in the Mojave, this eatery serves up classic 50s-style diner meals and a dinosaur sculpture garden.
Ludlow, California

Ludlow

One of the ghostly stops along Route 66.
Bombay Beach, California

Bombay Beach

Version of the French Riviera destroyed by the sea.
San Bernardino County, California

Amboy Crater

This dormant volcanic crater has been converted from a roiling pit of magma to a pleasant hiking spot.
Mecca, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.
Mecca, California

Salton Sea History Museum

A museum dedicated to a sea that should have never been.
Pioneertown, California

Pioneertown

A fake town founded by Western movie stars is now becoming a hip desert community.
Pioneertown, California

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

A music-filled, booze-soaked oasis in the desert.
Twentynine Palms, California

The Ruins of Ryan Ranch

The decaying adobe remains of an old homestead are just off the beaten path in Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree, California

'Krblin Jihn Kabin'

While exploring the desert, you can stop by the home of a fictional heretic from a parallel universe.
Joshua Tree, California

Institute of Mentalphysics

Located on 420 acres in the high desert, this spiritual center is dedicated to the "science of the future."
Joshua Tree, California

The Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum

Explore 10 acres of environmental sculptures.
Tustin, California

Tustin Blimp Hangars

These enormous World War II relics are some of the largest wooden structures in the world.
Llano, California

Ruins at Llano Del Rio

The remnants of a failed socialist commune can still be found just off a California highway.
Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs

The "world's biggest dinosaur" once housed a creationist museum in its abdomen.
San Bernardino, California

Mitla Cafe

The Route 66 institution that inspired Taco Bell also served as an important headquarters for Mexican-American social movements.