At the western edge of the Mojave National Preserve, Zzyzx (Zye-Zix) may seem like a ghost town, but there's camping, hiking, and bird-watching in this resort town.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Zzyzx

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • Arranged alphabetically, it's the last town in California. Pronouced "Zye-Zix", this small oasis in the desert was historically known as Soda Springs. A pond and several buildings were constructed here in the 1940s for a health resort. The buildings are now used by California State University but the pond and surrounding nature trail are open to the public.
  • The Zzyzx pond, known as Lake Tuendae, is a fair spot for birding, but the 1.2-acre lake is better known as being one of only five places where the Mohave tui chub, a small desert fish, lives. The pond is lined with tall fan palm trees and has a quarter-mile nature trail surrounding it.

Mojave National Preserve
2701 Barstow Rd.
Barstow, California 92311
Parking: Always open

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-252-6100
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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