Mojave – Quench a thirst for Desert Adventure
Travel Time
One way
5 Hours 30 minutes
Estimated Cost
Total
120 $ - 265 $
Transportation
35 $ - 45 $
Hotel
20 $ - 105 $
Restaurants / Bars
25 $ - 35 $
Activities
40 $ - 80 $
Overview
120 $ - 265 $

Mojave, California is located 350 miles from San Francisco and is home to the most famous desert in America. Contrary to its reputation, Mojave is far from a dry place, and the region is overflowing with natural attractions which are perfect for both families and group of friends who want to relax or take an adventure in this isolated and unique part of the world.

Featuring affordable accommodation and delightful eateries; Mojave is a popular destination in California. However, such popularity is often attributed to the unique experience of finding so much wildlife, flora and natural beauty in seemingly empty landscapes. For such a dry and empty place, there are many things to do in Mojave so let your thirst for adventure be quenched by the driest desert in North America. Historical, educational, gastronomical and infused with adventure, a visit to Mojave is a unique experience in California.

Mojave Air & Space Port
Death Valley near Mojave
Mariah Country Inn Suites
Soda Lake at Mojave National Preserve
Mojave National Preserve at dusk
Rock formations near Mojave
Mojave Town
Mojave Air & Space Port
Death Valley near Mojave
Go
35 $ - 45 $
Travel time
5 Hours 30 minutes
Estimated Fuel Cost
35 $ - 45 $

There are three options on how one can reach Mojave from San Francisco. You can opt to arrive at this isolated region by train or on a daily flight with either American or United airlines to Bakersfield, but arguably the best way is a road trip. Traveling through Kern County is an experience in itself with waterfalls, rivers, and stunning landscapes taking you across the Sierra Nevada Mountains until you reach the small town of Mojave, California. If you have time, there is also an option to break up the journey by stopping in the California Living Museum in Bakersfield which is a great introduction to the local landscapes and wildlife.

Departing San Francisco, you should drive along the I-5 highway toward Wasco Way and then take exit 263 which will bring you to Buttonwillow. At this point, it is a short drive on the CA-99 to Bakersfield before joining the CA-58 E and then taking exit 165 to the town of Mojave.