Homestead Valley
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Morongo Basin
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Flamingo Heights
Community Association

Johnson Valley
Improvement Association

Landers Association

Yucca Mesa
Improvement Association

Lucerne Valley
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Hammerking Productions

Lucerne Valley
Chamber of Commerce

Joshua Tree Gateway Communities Committee

Western American
Railroad Museum

Lucerne Valley Museum

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
Lucerne Valley

Route 66
Mother Road Museum

Mojave River Valley Museum Association

The Homestead Valley Community Council (HVCC) and The Morongo Basin Historical Society formed the Scenic California Highway 247 Committee with the goal of preserving the scenic beauty and remarkable history of this unique route, originally established by wagon wheels.

CA Hwy. 247 begins at Hwy. 62 in Yucca Valley, travels through sparsely settled high desert country to Lucerne Valley, then continues northward to its end in Barstow.

As the road curves into the breathtaking panorama of Johnson Valley, the views are completely uninterrupted. Sandy tracks wander off into the desert toward old mines, inviting the visitor in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, with a supply of water, to go to the distant mountains. The mystery and mystique of these ranges against the desert sky are unforgettable, whether the sky is clear, hazy, built up with piles of clouds, trailing rain, or even snowing. In the early morning or late evening, long blue shadows trail across alluvial fans and knobby hills. Eagles, hawks and coyotes range far and wide.

The stretch of highway headed north toward Barstow after leaving the settlement of Lucerne Valley also travels through some dramatic country. You leave behind buildings, power transmission towers and other construction for a good long way traveling through the Ord Mountains; scenic, indeed.

Today the road is two lanes wide, little changed since it was paved in 1958. It travels through high desert vistas, and these are little changed for hundreds of years. It takes you past old homestead cabins, some abandoned to the elements, many still occupied, some transformed into dream getaways. It presents a fascinating array of California geology and biology. Mesas, huge sand washes, lava flows, cinder cones, mountains in a variety of forms. The Joshua Tree, signature of the Mojave desert, appears everywhere, sometimes alone, sometimes in forest stands. Yucca abounds and so does the amazing creosote bush. The spring wildflowers can be astonishing; banner years are long remembered since rainfall is so rare.
Scenic California Highway 247 Committee     51720 Hacienda Rd. #247      Johnson Valley, CA 92285
A committee of the Homestead Valley Community Council

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Buttes in Pipes Canyon Buttes with San Bernardino Mountains behind Joshua Trees Johnson Valley Boulder Stand along Hwy 247 Spy Mountain Yucca in Johnson Valley Yucca and Cholla cactus along Hwy 247