Miscellaneous California Pictures

This page profiles selected non-state highways scattered throughout the state that do not pertain to any of our focal regions profiled elsewhere on AARoads. Specific highways depicted here include:

  • Kelbaker Road - Mojave Desert
  • Lenwood Road - Barstow (near Outlet Shops)
  • Nipton Road to Nevada 164
  • Rancho California Road in Temecula Wine Country
  • Soda Lake Road in Carrizo Plain
Kelbaker Road south
Leaving the community of Baker, Kelbaker Road begins its southeasterly journey toward Kelso in Mojave National Preserve. The two-lane highway sees some desolate beauty in the heart of the Mojave Desert. Motorist services are limited along Kelbaker Road, with the next available services not found until reaching Amboy along U.S. 66. A tourist information center is located in Kelso. Photo taken 11/11/08.
Due to the nature of the rural highway, summer flooding due to monsoonal thunderstorms can occur along the roadway. Watch for standing water; don't drive through swift moving water. Photo taken 11/11/08.
Southbound Kelbaker Road enters Mojave National Preserve. Established on October 31, 1994, the national preserve includes a great variety of unspoiled terrain generally east of Interstate 15, south of Primm, west of the Nevada-California State Line, and north of Interstate 40. Photo taken 11/11/08.
This series of photos follows Kelbaker Road southeast and then south through the Mojave National Preserve en route to Kelso. Photos taken 11/11/08.
Kelbaker Road passes under the 500kV Lugo to Eldorado power line (part of Path 46), which connects the Lugo Substation in Hesperia with the Eldorado Substation located west of U.S. 95 in Eldorado Valley, Nevada (southwest of Boulder City). This line, along with the two 230kV power lines, is owned by Southern California Edison. Photos taken 11/11/08.
Sliding between the Marl Mountains and Kelso Mountains, Kelbaker Road finally turns due south for the final distance to the settlement of Kelso. The historic railroad depot now serves as a visitor's center, which is open during designated hours most days. Continue straight ahead for Kelso Dunes or turn left on Kelso-Cima Road to the settlement of Cima. Photos taken 11/11/08.
Southbound Kelbaker Road crosses the railroad after passing by the historic railroad depot. From here it's a few miles south to the Kelso Dunes. Photo taken 11/11/08.
A mileage sign provides the distance to the Interstate 40 interchange (18 miles). Photo taken 11/11/08.
Several miles further south, Kelbaker Road approaches the turnoff to Kelso Dunes Road. Turn right (west) to Kelso Dunes, which are situated a few miles west of Kelbaker Road. Photo taken 11/11/08.
Another 500kV Southern California Edison power line crosses over Kelbaker Road. This line, which is also part of Path 46, connects the Lugo Substation in Hesperia with the Mohave Substation in Laughlin, Nevada. Photos taken 11/11/08.
Passing between the Granite Mountains to the west and Providence Mountains to the east via Granite Pass (elevation 4,020 feet above sea level), southbound Kelbaker Road approaches its junction with Interstate 40/Needles Freeway. Photo taken 11/11/08.
The first right turn connects to Interstate 40/Needles Freeway east to Barstow; the next left turn connects to Interstate 40 east to Needles, Kingman, and Flagstaff. Photo taken 11/11/08.
Kelbaker Road passes under Interstate 40/Needles Freeway. Kelbaker Road continues south to meet U.S. 66 east of Amboy. Photo taken 11/11/08.
These freeway entrance shield assemblies for Interstate 40 are posted at the onramp from Kelbaker Road to Interstate 40/Needles Freeway eastbound. We are still some distance north of Amboy and Historic Route 66. Photos taken 11/11/08.
Cotinuing south of the freeway, southbound Kelbaker Road meets Historic U.S. 66 at this stop sign. Turn left to follow U.S. 66/National Trails Highway (Mother Road) east to Essex and Needles or right for U.S. 66 west to Amboy and Ludlow. In Amboy, southbound travelers may continue via Amboy Road over Sheephole Pass to Twentynine Palms. Note the gas sign, which provides the hours of operation of each service station in Amboy and Essex. Photo taken 11/11/08.
Lenwood Road west (in Barstow)
Lenwood Road is at Exit 178 along Interstate 15, and it connects the freeway to an elaborate outlet center with gas, food, and shopping. This "To" Interstate 15 trailblazer shield is located along westbound Lenwood Road/Outlet Center Drive as it approaches Interstate 15. This neutered shield was placed by San Bernardino County. Photo taken 01/21/04.
The two right lanes of Lenwood Road lead to Interstate 15 north (to Barstow/Las Vegas) and Interstate 15 south to Victorville/San Bernardino. Photo taken 01/21/04.
To reach eastbound Interstate 40 and westbound California 58, use Interstate 15 north. Photo taken 01/21/04.
Westbound Lenwood Road at the ramp onto northbound Interstate 15. Continue straight ahead to reach southbound Interstate 15 or to connect to Old U.S. 66-91. Photo taken 01/21/04.
Nipton Road east (Connects to Nevada 164)
Nipton Road is an east-west highway that begins at Interstate 15 Exit 286 and travels east through the Mojave National Preserve toward the unincorporated community of Nipton and the California-Nevada state line. After crossing into Nevada, Nipton Road becomes Nevada 164, which travels east through a Joshua tree forest, ending at U.S. 95 in Searchlight. Photo taken 04/02/06.
After crossing over Interstate 15, eastbound Nipton Road approaches the onramp to Interstate 15 north en route to Primm and Las Vegas. Continue straight ahead to Nipton and Searchlight. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Especially during the summer monsoon season, Nipton Road may see some flash flooding. Photo taken 04/02/06.
For the initial few miles, Nipton Road will have some dips until the terrain flattens out. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Nipton Road descends into the sprawling Ivanpah Valley, which spreads north toward Primm, Nevada, and south toward Cima and Kelso in the Mojave Desert. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Eastbound Nipton Road approaches Ivanpah Road, which travels southeast toward the site of Ivanpah. A branch via Morning Star Mine Road leads south to Cima and Kelso. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Nipton Road continues its descent toward the Ivanpah Valley. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Flattening out, Nipton Road passes by Murphy Well and begins to gain elevation toward Crescent Peak, which sits between the McCullough Mountains to the north and New York Mountains to the south. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Gaining elevation, Nipton Road approaches the settlement of Nipton in the distance ahead. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Ahead, Nipton Road crosses the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, which lead south to San Bernardino and north to Las Vegas. The railroad joins the Interstate 15 corridor near Primm, Nevada, and proceeds north through Jean toward Las Vegas. Photo taken 04/02/06.
After crossing the railroad tracks, Nipton Road enters the unincorporated community of Nipton, gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Nipton is a very small community, with a small motel and cafe. Its history is based on its location next to the railroad. Originally built as the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad in 1905 until consolidation with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1910, Nipton initially functioned as a railroad town. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Leaving town, Nipton Road continues its ascent toward Crescent, Nevada. Photo taken 04/02/06.
The speed limit remains 55 miles per hour for the rest of the route to the California-Nevada state line. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Nipton Road continues to gain elevation; the state line is just ahead. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Eastbound Nipton Road reaches the California-Nevada State Line. At this point, the San Bernardino County-maintained highway transitions directly onto Nevada 164, which will carry the traffic from here east to Crescent and Searchlight. Photo taken 04/02/06.
Rancho California Road east
Leaving the Interstate 15 interchange, Rancho California Road begins as a six-lane arterial roadway with auxiliary turning lanes. The highway will eventually narrow down to just one lane in each direction upon entering Temecula Wine Country. Photo taken 10/02/11.
Trailblazer signs such as this one guide travelers east on Rancho California Road into Temecula Wine Country. As the road proceeds east, the terrain remains mostly residential but will abruptly change upon leaving the city limits. Photo taken 10/02/11.
Rancho California Road leaves the city limits of Temecula at Butterfield Stage Road. East of here, Rancho California Road enters Temecula Wine Country. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Mileage signs such this point the way to various wineries located along Rancho California Road. For information on the wineries, visit Temecula Wine Country. Photo taken 11/11/12.
After passing through the Butterfield Stage intersection, Rancho California Road narrows to two lanes and enters Temecula Wine Country. Similar to other popular wine making regions in California, wineries line both sides of Rancho California Road. It is best to visit the official webpage to obtain a map and guide to the wineries currently open. Photo taken 07/17/11.
Vineyards, such as this one near Thornton Winery, line both sides of Rancho California Road. Photo taken 10/02/11.
Stone markers such as this one line Rancho California Road while traveling through Temecula Wine Country. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Continuing east through Temecula Wine Country, we see sweeping views such as this along eastbound Rancho California Road (prior to Calle Contento). Photo taken 07/17/11.
Vineyards line both sides of Rancho California Road in Temecula Wine Country. Photo taken 11/11/12.
A roundabout was installed along Rancho California Road at the intersection with Anza Road. Mt. San Jacinto rises prominently in the distance. The roundabout replaced a four-way stop; it was installed in 2011-2012. Photos taken 11/11/12.
Back in 2011 before the roundabout was installed, eastbound Rancho California Road approached Anza Road. A stone monument (gone by late 2012) used to indicate that wineries are can be reached by continuing along Rancho California Road or turning on Anza Road. South Coast and Ponte wineries are located near here. Photo taken 07/17/11.
Eastbound Rancho California Road approaches Ponte winery; once again Mt. San Jacinto comes into view as we continue east. Photo taken 11/11/12.
An equestrian trail lines Rancho California Road through wine country. Photo taken 11/11/12.
A power substation is mostly obscured by vineyards between Ponte and Monte de Oro wineries. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Eastbound Rancho California Road approaches Monte de Oro. Photo taken 07/17/11.
Rancho California Road meets Monte de Oro. Turn left for Monte de Oro winery or right for Palumbo winery. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Eastbound Rancho California Road approaches the turnoff to Wilson Creek winery. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Deep into wine country, Rancho California Road proceeds toward the eastern edge of the Temecula Valley. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Eastbound Rancho California Road approaches Glenoaks. Turn right at this intersection . Photo taken 07/17/11.
Rancho California Road meets Glen Oaks Road. More wineries are located to the right via Glen Oaks Road or ahead via Rancho California Road. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Rancho California Road changes into Buck Road, which continues into the eastern end of Temecula Wine Country. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Traffic is much diminished along this eastern segment of Buck Road/Rancho California Road. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Buck Road proceeds through more rural ranch lands, which was not quite as developed with vineyards as the area west of here. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Eastbound Buck Road approaches East Benton Road. At this intersection, Buck Road ends and northbound Warren Road begins. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Warren Road turns due north and approaches Summitville Street (right turn), which connects to a few more wineries here at the eastern end of the Temecula Wine Country, including Doffo and Chapin Family Vineyards. From here, Warren Road proceeds north to Lake Skinner County Park, which is the location of the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. It also connects to westbound Borel Road to French Valley, the city of Murrieta, and northern Temecula. Photo taken 11/11/12.
Soda Lake Road east (in Carrizo Plains National Monument)
Eastbound Soda Lake Road at the San Luis Obispo County-Kern County Line. Photo taken 01/21/04.
Eastbound Soda Lake Road at its junction with California 33 and California 166. The white postmile is for Kern County Route 334, which is commonly used for Kern County routes. Photo taken 01/21/04.
Soda Lake Road west (in Carrizo Plains National Monument)
Westbound Soda Lake Road at the Kern-San Luis Obispo County Line. Photo taken 01/21/04.
Westbound Soda Lake Road entering Carrizo Plains National Monument. Photo taken 01/21/04.

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