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Mormon Well Road Photos - Desert Pass to Sawmill Canyon
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Mormon Well Road
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Overview

The Mormon Well Road is a long, rough, dirt road that runs across the Desert National Wildlife Refuge from Corn Creek to Highway 93. The road runs across the desert and over the mountains through spectacular country, including towering limestone cliffs; broad, flat valleys; and narrow, winding canyons. The road runs through several desert vegetation life zones, starting in the very dry (stunted) Mojave Desert Scrub Zone and climbing to the Yellow Pine (Ponderosa Pine) Zone. The variety of life zones provides different habitats for birds and other wildlife.

Details of the road (including GPS coordinates and maps) are presented on the Mormon Well Road webpage. Here photos show scenery and road conditions from Desert Pass to Sawmill Canyon, that is, from about 27 to 33 miles out.

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Desert Pass, south side (view N during winter)
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Approaching Desert Pass Campground (view N)
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Desert Pass Campground, south end (view N)
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Desert Pass Campground, north end (view N)
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Beyond Desert Pass Campground (view N)
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First parking for Mormon Well corral and spring (view NE)
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Turnoff to main parking for Mormon Well corral and spring (view NE)
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Vehicle parked at Mormon Well trailhead (view NE from main road)
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Mormon Well Road beyond Mormon Well parking (view NE)
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Road becomes rougher and subject to washouts (view N)
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Road becomes rougher and subject to washouts (view N)
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Road becomes narrow and subject to washouts (view N)
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Road becomes narrow and subject to washouts (view N)
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Canyon opens, but still subject to washout (view N)
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Crossing a wash, subject to washout (view N)
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Valley widens (view N)
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Approaching a rocky outcrop (view N)
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Road follows wash ...
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... wash follows road (view N)
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Crossing a deeper wash, subject to washout (view NW)
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Rocky road (view N)
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First turnoff to Sawmill Canyon Road (view N)
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Road becomes much rougher (view NE)
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Road becomes much rougher (view NW)
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Second (main) turnoff to Sawmill Canyon Road (view N)
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