Eastern Mojave Vegetation Kessler Springs Road - Mojave National Preserve  
 

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 Kessler Springs Road connects Valley Wells on the north with Cima on the south.

Literature Cited:
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Other articles: Kingston Road Valley Wells Interstate 15 Valley Wells  

Valley Wells

Junction:
  • Kingston Road, north to the Kingston Range.
  • U. S. Interstate 15, east to Las Vegas, west to Los Angeles.

Locations: Clark Mountain.
Full Size ImageClark Mountain as seen from Kessler Springs Road.  

Clark Mountain as seen from Kessler Springs Road. Two trucks on Interstate 15 can be faintly seen in the left middle ground.

Locations: Mojave National Preserve.
Full Size ImageEntrance sign near Valley Wells.  

North entrance to Mojave National Preserve.

Other articles: Zinc Mine Road Kessler Springs Road  

Junction: Zinc Mine Road, northeast through Piute Valley, past Kokoweef Peak, to US I-15 at Mountain Pass.

Locations: Striped Mountain.
Full Size ImageStriped Mountain as seen from Kessler Springs Road.  

Striped Mountain as seen from Kessler Springs Road.

Other articles: Field Notes 20050527060

Locations: Evening Star Mine.
Full Size ImageThe Evening Star Mine as seen from Kessler Springs (Cima) Road.  

The Evening Star Mine as seen from Kessler Springs Road.

Other articles: Valley View Ranch Road at Kessler Sprs Rd  

Junction: Valley View Ranch Road

Literature Cited:
- Nystrom, Eric Charles, 2003.
- Vanderpool, Tim, 2006.

Other articles: Field Notes 20040420040 27-May-08 20090601030 May 27, 2012  

Driving by "The Cross" on Kessler Springs Road, I noticed that a box has been placed over it.

When I later drove by, Sunday, May 22, 2004, the box had been removed.

Meanwhile, on June 8, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the cross likely violated the establishment clause. Attempts to transfer the property to private owners have not rendered the case moot because it may take several years to complete the property transfer.

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Cross beside Kessler Springs Road on Cima Dome.
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The Cross-In-A-Box in May, 2008
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The Cross-In-A-Box on June 1, 2009
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Sunrise Rock, sans Cross, June 2012
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The Cross on Kessler Springs Road -- Covered this time.

Other articles: Blackbrush on Cima Dome
Full Size ImageBlackbrush in pass between Cima Dome and Kessler Peak  

Blackbrush along side road, in small pass between Cima Dome and Kessler Peak.

Locations: Ivanpah Mountains.
Full Size ImageIvanpah Mountains.  

The western end of the Ivanpah Mountains as seen from Kessler Springs Road.

Literature Cited:
- Vasek, F. C., and M. G. Barbour, 1988.  

Cima Dome

Vasek and Rowlands (not published) measured vegetational characteristics of a Joshua tree woodland north of Cima as reported in Vasek and Barbour (1988). A summary of their work is available in my page, "Summaries of Literature."

Other articles: Kessler Peak Road 70000  

Junction: Kessler Peak Road.

Other articles: Power Line Road Cima Road  

Junction: Power Line Road

Literature Cited:
- Thompson, David G., 1921.

Other articles: Kelso Cima Road at Cima Morning Star Mine Road at Cima Routes to Water Contents at Cima at Cima

Locations: Cima.  

Cima

Junctions:
  • Kelso Cima Road, southwest to Kelso.
  • Morningstar Mine Road, northeast in the direction of Ivanpah and Nipton.

There are also several routes from Thompson (1921), Routes to Desert Watering Places in the Mohave Desert Region, that begin or end at Cima:

  • Silver Lake -- Nipton -- Cima
  • Fenner -- Cima, by way of Cedar Canyon and Black Canyon.
  • Cima to Kelso and Marl Spring
  • Cima -- Ivanpah -- Nipton
  • Lanfair -- Cima, by way of Cedar Canyon and Rock Springs
 

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  [Null Author]. . County of San Bernardino vs. U. S. Department of Interior. {TAS-pdf}
  Nystrom, Eric Charles. 2003. From Neglected Space to Protected Place: An Administrative History of Mojave National Preserve. From Neglected Space to Protected Place: An Administrative History of Mojave National Preserve. Prepared for: United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Mojave National Preserve. Great Basin CESU, Cooperative Agreement H8R0701001. http://www.nps.gov/moja/adminhist/adhi.htm
  Thompson, David G. 1921. Routes to Desert Watering Places in the Mohave Desert Region, California. Water-Supply Paper 490-B.. Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey, 1921. {TAS}
  Vanderpool, Tim. 2006. Creating a Ruckus: The Park Service balances science with superstition at the Grand Canyon. Tucson Weekly. {TAS-pdf}
  Vasek, F. C., and M. G. Barbour. 1988. Mojave Desert scrub vegetation. pp. pp. 835-868 in Barbour, Michael G., and Jack Major. 1988. Terrestrial Vegetation of California, New Expanded Edition. Special Publication Number 9.. 1988. {TAS}
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Date and time this article was prepared: 5/18/2017 12:00:19 PM