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Mojave is a city in Kern County in the Desert region of California.

Get in

California State Route 14 passes on the west side of Mojave, providing access to Mojave from the Antelope Valley to the south and US Highway 395 to the north. California State Route 58 loops around Mojave to the east and north, providing access from Bakersfield to the west and Barstow to the east. More distant cities include Los Angeles (95 miles south on SR-14), Las Vegas (225 miles east on SR-58), San Francisco (345 miles west on SR-58), and Reno (375 miles north on SR-14).


By Taxi

Mojave itself has no local taxicab service, however those willing to pay a $25-$50 minimum can call for taxicab service from:


  • El Taxi en Espanol (661) 266-2255 .. (Lancaster)
  • Red Top (661) 267-2323 .. (Lancaster)
  • Southland Yellow Cab (661) 723-2227 .. (Lancaster and Rosamond)
  • United Taxi (661) 267-9850 .. (Los Angeles)
  • Yellow Star Cab (661) 951-1155 .. (Lancaster)
  • Rosamond Taxi (661) 256-8294 .. (Rosamond) Closest to Mojave
  • Rosamond Yellow Cab (661) 256-2227 .. (Rosamond)

Get around

The town center section of Mojave is relatively small, and easily navigable by bicycle or foot. Automobile traffic is the most common, as sidewalks and bike lanes are not as common as in the average town. Also, several people use golf carts, 4-wheelers, and off-road motorbikes, as the nearby desert is an off-road motor sports haven.

See

  • Mojave Spaceport, tel. 661-824-2433, [1]. The huge airstrip at Mojave is used by research companies for test flights, and is most famous as the home of Burt Rutan's company Scaled Composites [2] which in 2004 became the first private company to put a human into space. In addition the airlines park many older planes here, either because the planes are not required for service or because the plane has reached its end-of-life. In any case, seeing dozens of huge airplanes parked next to futuristic flight vehicles makes this airstrip in the desert a worthwhile stop. The airport flightline is open to the public, and many aircraft are typically on display during the monthly "Plane Crazy Saturday" event, held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and sponsored by the Mojave Transportation Museum. A tram tour of the flightline is often available during the event. Admission to the flightline, display aircraft, and featured event speakers is free.

Edwards Air Force Base

  • Edwards Air Force Base, 1 S. Rosamond Blvd (Take the 14 south to Rosamond, then take Rosamond Blvd. east out of town and follow it directly to the base), +1 661 277-3510 (fax: +1 661 277-2732), [3]. Located south-east of Mojave, Edwards AFB is a massive testing and training ground for the Air Force and NASA. There is a museum on the base and tours are available. See the website for details. Note that this is an active military base so ID will be required and visitors may be required to submit to a search.

Edwards AFB is best known for being similar to Area 51, but usually most of the time, space shuttles land here at this air force base. And test and experimental aircraft, like a Boeing B-52 comes out of the hangar to experiment. Edwards AFB is a famous air force base.

This Air force base was built in 1933 and opened for use in 1948 for the US Military and formerly NACA, and in 1958, NACA has been changed to NASA. And once Edwards is a NASA Base. It was once a NASA and Military Air Force Base. During the early history before Edwards Air Force Base, There was a water stop in 1876 at Southern Pacific Railroad, and was unsettled. And today, Edwards AFB is in it's space age, meaning that a lot of Space Shuttles have to land at Edwards AFB or the Kennedy Space Florida in Florida.

That is the only civilian getaway to enter the air force base, because it is on land, not by water. So, if you are driving from Rosamond, or driving on the Antelope Valley Freeway from Los Angeles, Mojave, or Palmdale, you shall take exit 55, and if from Palmdale, take a right, and if from Mojave, take a left. And leave Rosamond, and never take any turn and enter the base by a gate, and continue to enter the base. This is called the West Gate, If you are on Route 58, take Exit 186, then get on the road, and you will enter via the North Gate. South Gate is Lancaster but it is closed.

The main getaways to enter the base are Rosamond Blvd and the closed Lancaster Blvd entrance. There is also a housing area that is near, Edwards AFB, to get to there get on Lancaster Blvd, but not heading by the airfield. And get on Fitzgerald Blvd (named after John Fitzgerald Kennedy). And there will be a lot of houses in that area. Or, take left on Yeager Blvd, or Forbes Ave, or depending on which direction you are on Lancaster Blvd. And to get to air force base, take Yeager Blvd or Popson Ave.

Dryden Flight Research Center - During NACA, there was the Douglas Skyrocket in use. But not anymore, also it is the home to former Controlled Impact Demonstration, a December, 1984 project made by NASA. There was also Linear Aerospike SR-71 experiment in 1998 to test. And you can see Lunar Landing Research vehicle, which is still in today, only 5 built.

Air Force Rocket Research Laboratory - Home to the test rockets, they test rockets to research the rockets.

There are a lot of statues of military aircraft, such as the B-52 Fortress, or much more. Take a lot of pictures of these planes statues when you are driving or walking in Edwards AFB.

Rogers Lake - The lake that started all of Edwards AFB, in 1876 of the Southern Pacific Railroad, It is a water lake, but sometimes, you can be surprised that sometimes it is dry. Do that when you visit Edwards AFB first.

Do

Buy

Eat

  • Voyager Restaurant, 1434 Flight Line, +1 661 824-2048, [4]. Monday to Friday 0700 to 1600, Saturday and Sunday 0800 to 1500. Located on the flight line of the Mojave Air and Space Port, this restaurant provides a diner-like atmosphere, with many visitors famous to the Aerospace industry. One of the more expensive restaurants in Mojave, but excellent food. $9-20.
  • Anthony's Grill, 16940 State Highway 14 (in the Stater Brothers shopping Center), +1 661 824-4056. M-F 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. Great Mexican food, cooked fresh to order. Specials everyday.
  • China Bowl, 15668 Sierra Highway, 661 824-3837. The only Asian restaurant in Mojave, offering great prices on food. Warning, however, as this restaurant currently has a "B" health rating from the Department of Health
  • Barbie's Primo Burgers, 16862 State Highway 14, 661 824-2011. Diverse and reasonably priced menu offer lots of fried food fare. Excellent cheese-steaks and decent pastrami sandwiches made fresh to order.

Drink

Sleep

  • Best Western Desert Winds, 16200 Sierra Highway, +1 661 824-3601 (fax: +1 661 824-3605), [5].
  • Motel 6, 16958 State Route 58, +1 661 824-4571 (fax: +1 661 824-8306), [6].
  • Palm Inn, 2128 State Route 58, +1 661 824-2214 (fax: +1 661 824-3910).

Get out

Routes through Mojave
Bishop via US-395.pngInyokern  N noframe S  RosamondLos Angeles
BakersfieldTehachapi  W noframe E  → Junction N US-395.png SBarstow


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