Mojave National Preserve
The winter holiday season often means long lines at malls, crowded movie theaters and busy restaurants. Fortunately, frazzled Orange County residents looking to escape the yuletide hustle and bustle need only drive a few hours in any direction to bring back that holiday cheer. From dirt biking in the desert to buying chocolate from a Dutch boutique, these great escapes will take you off of the beaten path and down the road to holiday serenity.
Veterans groups are asking to intervene in the legal battle over a cross erected at a Mojave Desert federal park to honor war dead.
Due to the remote location of many campsites and the lack of water, desert camping requires careful planning and preparation.