By Jon Crowley
Calico to Laughlin
Laughlin to Primm
Primm to Calico
The Mojave Road travels through the middle of the Mojave National Preserve and in between the I-40 and I-15 in South Eastern California. The road starts on the banks of the Colorado River near Needles and ends at Camp Cady (near I-15 between Baker and Barstow). Just over 130 miles of some of the most beautiful views imaginable. Most of the road is an easy drive, however four wheel drive and good vehicle clearance is necessary and there are a few places where the terrain is more difficult.
What we found after the trip was green stickered vehicles are not allowed on portions of the Mojave Trail through Mojave National Preserve.
Day One: Calico to Laughlin
We only got about 10 miles into the first day when I had engine problems. We ended up getting towed back to the road where we were met by a truck/trailer that took us back to Calico. After Mike Lasher of Side x Side Action Magazine made a few calls, we ended up heading to Bullhead City, Arizona to see if we could get the Rhino fixed up so we could continue the trip.
We ended up at Wet n’ Wild Motorsports. They dropped what they were doing and tore into my Rhino engine.
The Rhino carnage – A valve floated and cause minimal damage to the piston. A new set of valves and springs and we were back together.
Day Two: Laughlin to Primm
We arrived at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm just about dark, but there was still some work to do….
George got some Walker Evans Racing shocks for his Rhino. The stock shocks were shot.
Flat Tire Repair Kit – We hit a rock real hard and slice the sidewall pretty good. The tire repair worked like a charm.
Buffalo Bill’s in Primm Nevada
Day Three: Primm to Calico
Trail after leaving Buffalo Bill’s in Primm
This lost soul took the wrong turn and buried with 2 wheel drive truck in the sand. We let some air out of his tires and gave him a push and that was all that was needed.
George crossing the Mojave River in his Rhino
Mojave Trail & the Mojave National Preserve:
Mojave National Preserve – NPS
Mojave National Preserve – Desert USA