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Mormon Well Road Photos - Sawmill Canyon to Highway 93
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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 Sawmill Canyon to Highway 93, that is, from about 33 to 47 miles out.

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Second (main) turnoff to Sawmill Canyon Road (view N)
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Looking up Sawmill Canyon Road (view W)
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Road follows main wash below Sawmill Canyon Road (view N)
Mormon Well RoadRoad follows main wash below Sawmill Canyon Road (view E)
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Road departs main wash (view E)
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Road runs across hillside (first view E to Arrow Canyon Range)
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Road runs high above canyon bottom (view E)
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Road becomes rough (view E)
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Turnoff to short side road to canyon overlook (view E)
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Road stays rough (view E)
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descending rolling hillsides (view E)
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Climbing over a low ridge (view E)
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Descending into Elbow Canyon (view E)
Mormon Well RoadDescending Elbow Canyon (view N)
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Descending Elbow Canyon (view N)
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Descending Elbow Canyon (view N)
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Descending Elbow Canyon (view NE)
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Crossing Elbow Canyon Wash (view E; subject to washout)
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Descending Elbow Canyon (view E)
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Crossing side-wash in Elbow Canyon (view E)
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Descending Elbow Canyon (view E)
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Descending along hillside in Elbow Canyon (view E)
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Approaching first road sign (view E from behind)
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First road sign (view W; looking back)
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Approaching second road sign (view E from behind)
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Second road sign (view W; looking back)
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Approaching third road sign (view E from behind)
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Third road sign (view W; looking back)
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Descending alluvial fan below Elbow Canyon (view E)
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Descending alluvial fan (view E)
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Approaching fourth road sign (view E from behind)
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Fourth road sign (view W; looking back)
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Historic boundary sign (view W; looking into the wildlife refuge)
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Descending alluvial fan (view E)
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Descending alluvial fan (view E)
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Descending alluvial fan (view E)
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Boundary Gate (view E)
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Approaching power substation (view E)
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Approaching Highway 93 (view E)
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Mormon Well Road at Highway 93 (view E)
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