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Providence Mountains State Recreation Area - Things to Know Before Visiting

38200 Essex Rd, Essex, CA 92332, USA

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About Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

The Providence Mountains State Recreation Area is located in the Providence Mountains, within the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County, California. It is also home to the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve. The Recreation Area is located on the east side of the Providence Mountains range and has dramatic views of the surrounding Mojave Desert. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and also attracts many tourists.


Attractions Near Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

Mitchell Caverns
Mitchell Caverns0.01km from Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

Mitchell Caverns is three solution limestone caves, only two of which are open to the public. It was created primarily by the dissolution of sedimentary limestone and metamorphised limestone by ground water high in carbonic acid content. The "Tecopa" and "El Pakiva" caves are connected by a man-made tunnel and are open to guided tours led by California State Park rangers. These caves are the only limestone caves in the California State Park system.

Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert8.34km from Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

This is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America. Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua trees, which are native only to the Mojave Desert and are considered an indicator species. This place is now a tourist spot and a lot of people come here to spend some good times here.

Kelso Depot Visitor Center
Kelso Depot Visitor Center14.83km from Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

It is located in the Mojave Desert within the National Park Service Mojave National Preserve, on Kelso Cima Road at the junction of Kelbaker Road in Kelso, California, between Baker and Interstate 15 to the north and Interstate 40 to the south. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and along with the adjacent ghost town of Kelso, was declared a United States Historic District in 2000.

Mojave National Preserve
Mojave National Preserve20km from Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

Mojave preserves a diverse mosaic of ecological habitats and a 10,000 year history of human connection with the desert. Natural features include the Kelso Dunes, the Marl Mountains and the Cima Dome, as well as volcanic formations such as Hole-in-the-Wall and the Cinder Cone Lava Beds. The preserve surrounds Providence Mountains State Recreation Area and Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, which are both managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Kelso Dunes
Kelso Dunes20.16km from Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

This is the largest field of aeolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert. The region is protected by the Mojave National Preserve. The dune field covers 45 square miles and includes migrating dunes, vegetation-stabilized dunes, sand sheets, and sand ramps.

Teutonia Peak Trail
Teutonia Peak Trail41.58km from Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

This is a great way to examine the aftermath of the Dome Fire up close. The hike is three miles round-trip and takes between 2 and 3 hours for most people.Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 31 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.

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