Aqueduct Road West

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Indio, California (Riverside County)
Last Updated: 06/13/2022

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Aqueduct Road is located in the Mojave and Colorado desert on BLM land just south of Joshua Tree National Park. The road's namesake, the Colorado River Aqueduct, whose water is the lifeblood of greater Los Angeles, courses through a series of tunnels bored into the rugged foothills to the north of the road, a portion of which is beneath your feet. There are still many trails and Aqueduct artifacts to explore off of Aqueduct Road that were leftover from that massive project and access to other courses traveling into the Joshua Tree National Park. Aqueduct Road itself closely straddles the somewhat arbitrary division between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, and at times you can stand with a foot in each. The desert offers a stark desolation with a beauty of its own. It is accented by the brilliant white summer afternoon clouds making a casual drive over its length a memorable experience.
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