The rocky path to Caruthers Canyon starts on New York Mountains Road and leads to peaks exceeding 7,000 feet that surround crops of chaparral plants.

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Expert Review of Caruthers Canyon

Parks and Outdoors Review of Caruthers Canyon

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Caruthers Canyon is located in the New York Mountains in a pinyon pine and juniper forest dotted with chaparral plants. It's an isolated community of botanically diverse vegetation not typically seen in the desert. The trail through the canyon is a continuation of the road that accesses it, traveling for two miles along a seasonal stream. Primitive roadside camping is permitted.
  • At the back of Caruthers Canyon, where the trail peters out, is the remains of the Giant Ledge Mine. A few bits and pieces of this late 19th century copper mine remain, including a rickety wooden ore chute, shafts, and piles of tailings.
  • When water is flowing in the canyon, you have a good chance of spotting western tanagers, gray-headed juncos, and assorted hummingbirds. Red-tailed hawks soar the sky.

Mojave National Preserve
2701 Barstow Rd.
Barstow, California 92311
Parking: Always open
Price: No admission fee

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-252-6100
Price Information: No admission fee
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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