If you have a long weekend planned and you’re looking for a great road trip, why not explore the rare super bloom and butterfly migration happening right now in the Southern California deserts.
For this road trip we have 3 stops planned for a multi-day trip, but each of these would be a great single day adventure if you live in the area.
If you’re starting in Las Vegas, the Dynojet Headquarters, take interstate 15 until you hit Nipton Road which will take you to your first destination, the Mojave Desert.
Not only is the desert covered in beautiful blooms, it has tons of great off-roading destinations. The Shaman’s Eye for example is a cool stop that is right off the interstate. It’s a neat geological feature formed in a volcano millions of years ago with a naturally created hole near the top. During the Winter Solstice a beam of light shines through the natural ‘eye’ near dawn.
Looking to sit and enjoy the view for a while? You may be lucky enough to see some elusive wildlife like Gila monsters or bighorn sheep. Once you’re done in the Mojave keep going through the desert until it spits you out close to your next destination, Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree is filled with motorcycle trails for any kind of rider, it also may still be overrun with a huge swarm of painted lady butterflies that were drawn to the Southern California area due to the super bloom.
The trails available range from easy dirt roads to difficult boulder crawls for any level of adventurer. If you want to stick to paved roads there are plenty of options with scenic views and hiking trails close by as well.
For the best views of the purple and orange blooms hike along the Bajada Nature Trail. The flowers are currently peaking in the area so if you go in late March/ early April there should still be plenty of color.
Next on the list is Anzo-Borrego which is in the very heart of the butterfly migration. It helps that this park has tons of both paved and unpaved roads for any kind of bike or skill level. There are also plenty of locations to explore on foot like the Arroyo Tapiado Mud Caves, but be warned that the caves are extensive so make sure to be careful and bring a friend while exploring so you don’t get lost.
To get back to Sin City you can either cut back through the Mojave the way you came or extend your trip a bit by cutting over to the 15 passing by Lake Elsinore (another beautiful riding area), through Temecula and the Angeles National Forest.