Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
The recreation area is located in the eastern Mojave Desert, 60 miles west
of Needles on Interstate 40, 100 miles east of Barstow, and 17 miles
northwest of I-40 near Essay on Essex Road. Located
at an elevation of 4,300 feet, The Mojave National Preserve, one of the
nations newest national park surrounds this the recreation area.
Telephone: (760) 928-2586
GPS: 34.9525, -115.5123
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recreation area has broad valleys full of cactus, creosote bush, sand
dunes, cinder cones and dramatic mountain ranges in the eastern Mojave
Desert. Other features
include Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve. You
find El Pakiva and Tecopa Caverns filled with intricate limestone
formations. The recreation
area only offers tours of the caverns on weekends during summer months.
The park has a visitor center.
The Mary Beale
Nature Trail, located near the park's visitor center, is a
self-guided moderate walk through the desert. A
brochure describing desert plants and animals is available. Another, more
strenuous, mile-long trail leads to a spring above the visitor center.
There are also cross-country hikes to the many peaks in the 5,900 acre
Providence Mountain State Recreation Area.
6 primitive sites - flush toilets - no showers. Camping in the park is on
a first come, first served basis. There are six campsites with tables and
There is also a picnic area for daytime use. Both areas have superb
views of the Mojave desert.
Additional camping is available in near-by Mojave National Preserve
The best weather occurs in the Spring and Fall, but, because of the 4,300
foot elevation at the visitor center, temperatures usually remain moderate
throughout the year. Temperatures
inside the caverns are at a constant 65 degrees.