The entire 135 miles is made up of mostly a dirt and sand road, miles of whoop-de-doos, or sand moguls, with some rocky areas. The only major obstacle is the Watson Wash drop-in which can be rutted and washed out. In 2016 there was a washout south of Fort Piute, which currently requires you to use a bypass.
Time on trail:
. Allow a full three days to take in all the desert scenery, the side excursions and pick that perfect camp. If you are short on time, you can drive some sections fairly quickly and make it in two days.
Wet weather could make this overland trail a real nightmare. You cross several washes which pose issues in wet weather, but the true problem in wet weather is the Dry Soda Lake Bed.
Staying on course:
Various roads intertwine through the entire route. To ensure you are on the correct Mojave Road, always look for the stone cairns.
If you are traveling from east to west, the most common route, the cairns will be on the right side of the road. Typically, your base map of your GPS unit will show the Mojave Road as "Government Road".
Any groups with 7 or more vehicles (15 or more people) must obtain a special use permit which includes a $69 non-refundable processing fee (at the time of this writing). Permits can be found here.
Know your vehicle's range first and foremost. Provisions and fuel purchased in Laughlin, Nevada will be much less expensive than in Needles. Right on the Needles Highway and not far from the trailhead is the:
South Pointe Market
Address: 3675 Needles Hwy, Laughlin, NV 89029
Other pre-trip gas stations can be found here.
If for whatever reason you find yourself needing fuel half-way through you can detour to Baker, California.
There are volumes written on the Mojave Road. The trailsoffroad.com guide is meant to be the cliff notes, and get you out on the trail so you can enjoy your overland adventure. For a detailed history of the trail, we recommend the The Mojave Road Guide by Dennis Casebier.
The Mojave Road track for download is complete with extra waypoints which may not be depicted here.
Mileage is approximated. Total miles will vary depending on the side trips you take. Some sources list the Mojave Road as different mileages. Mileage shown here is directly from the GPS track.
Day 1 - https://youtu.be/_DsrihLzy2U
Day 2 - https://youtu.be/MtySEtT9vc0
Day 3 - https://youtu.be/gzc3tEOt4FM
Impassable when wet.