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Morongo Basin
Historical Society


Flamingo Heights
Community Association


Johnson Valley
Improvement Association


Landers Association

Yucca Mesa
Improvement Association


Lucerne Valley
Economic Development

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

Points of Interest Promotions Lucerne Valley

Rockhound Field Trip Fanatics!

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council

Barstow Chamber of Commerce

Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council

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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