Before beginning any adventure, four-wheel drivers should ensure that their vehicle is in good condition: check tires, oil, and gas gauge. For emergencies, carry tools, tire jack, towrope, extra water, and fluids for your vehicle. Carry a good map; do not depend upon GPS navigation devices.
Rules of the Road
Off-pavement travel is allowed only on existing, open dirt roads. Do not travel cross-country or create new routes. This rule is strictly enforced; violators will receive citations. Driving in washes is not permitted. Watch for and respect Wilderness Boundary signs; motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in designated wilderness areas.
Aiken Mine Road to the Lava Tube
Continue walking up the road on foot for 300 yards. Watch for a short, trail off to the right leading up onto the dark basalt rock. The trail ends at a hole with a ladder in it. This is the entrance to the lava tube.
A network of dirt roads lead to several abandoned mine and town sites. Exit I-15 at Cima Road or Yates Well and use a map to navigate a maze of unmaintained dirt roads.
From the intersection of Ivanpah and Morning Star Mine roads, drive 21 miles southeast on Ivanpah Road. Turn west on New York Mountain Road and continue for about 4.5 miles to a four-way intersection. Turn north and follow the road up into Caruthers Canyon.
Last updated: March 4, 2019