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DEC: Death Valley Desert
FEB: Red Rock Mojave
MAR: Baja Hot Springs


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what the heck is a charcoal kiln? who is buried in the Ballarat cemetary? From Red Rock to Fossil Falls, highway 14, the infamous 395 & the Nevada state border make up the boundaries of this huge mass of land called the Mojave Desert. Diverse landscapes from lush palm oasis to high elevation mining camps.
Bordered by the west with Sequoia NF, this desert region stretches over 30% of California's space. Home to Death Valley NP, Red Rock SP, Joshua Tree NP, Mojave NP, Deep Creek Hot Springs & numerous ghost towns.
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Autumn's cool temperatures are perfect for a weekend away on the California Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo region offers everything from ocean kayaking to wine tasting. The coastal cuisine in small town villages can be remarkably good. Central coast HIghway 101 is the main thoroughfare. Destinations include anything from Santa Barbara north to Monterey. Hearst Castle, Cambria, Santa Cruz & the amazing Big Sur Coast .
Places of interest are Montana de Oro, Morro Bay, Pinnacles & Wineries.
big sur backroads
Been itching to get that SUV on a dirt road? Well dude, you don't need 4-wheel drive for everything. Take a scenic drive to your NF. Or try some of the finest dirt roads in the Big Sur region, with Big Sur Backroads, which include most of the Prewitt Ridge. There's plenty excellent scenery to see on the graded dirt roads where dirt bumps will be minimal. Just remember to carry a good spare tire & emergency blankets on all your back road expeditions. Limekiln SP is a nice day stop for a picnic at the waters edge.
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