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Desert Tortoise Natural Area
This is a private and government joint venture dedicated to the preservation and study of the desert tortoise. There is an interpretive center and also lots and lots of the desert tortoise. This preserve is fenced off, off limits to vehicles and is not always manned, so make sure you ask in California City when the hours of operation are, and prepare to walk. The entrance is about an eighth of a mile from the road. The best time to view these creatures here and in the wild is March through June. While visiting the natural area you may want to stop and visit California City. What’s there? You ask? Well, there is a beautiful park in the middle of town with a lake and several golf courses.  You may want to picnic in the park after or before you visit the natural area.

Getting There-
Las Vegas to Desert Tortoise Natural Area

Take I-15 and into California. Just after the city of Barstow you will see the new overpass for California State Route 58. Take California Route 58 west to the California City Exit (California City Blvd) north. Take California City Blvd to Ransburg-Mojave Rd/20 Mule Team Pkwy north-east. Traveling Ransburg-Mojave Rd/20 Mule Team Pkwy the Road splits into seperate roads, Ransburg-Mojave Rd and 20 Mule Team Pkwy. Take the left fork (Ransburg-Mojave Rd) which is the gravel road and follow the signs to the Natural Area.

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