If you go
THE BEST WAY TO MITCHELL CAVERNS
From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Interstate 15 north to Interstate 40 east. The caverns are in the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area in the eastern Mojave Desert, 116 miles east of Barstow and 16 miles northwest of Interstate 40 near Essex Road. The recreation area is surrounded by the Mojave National Preserve.
WHAT TO DO
The recreation area and visitors center are closed Monday to Thursday, with cavern tours currently conducted on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For groups of 10 or more, reservations are required three weeks in advance; call (760) 928-2586. Cost for adults is $6, children ages 6 to 16, $3. The tour is not recommended for ages 5 and younger. If you wish to camp, there are six campsites, with tables, fire rings and barbecues, at the visitors center for $12 a night.
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