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Driving instructions to finding the RRS Mojave Test Area assume you are coming from the Los Angeles area. It is a 2-1/2 hour drive (one-way) in most cases. The RRS has made a map which may be posted here for convenience. The approach to the site is from the west as this is the best path at the present.
All but the last 12 miles are on good roads. Cars have made the journey, but it requires patience (don’t drive fast) and good judgment as the road conditions are challenging. It is important to be mindful of the present and pending weather conditions in travelling through the desert and the road leading into the site is dirt and adjacent to the dry lake bed. It is wise to have water, have your cell phone charged and a full tank of gas before proceeding from the High Desert cities.
As such, starting northbound going out of the city on I-405, you will blend into I-5, but you must be ready to go right on the CA-“14” highway which will lead you to the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond, then up to the city of Mojave.
From this last small city of Mojave, you’ll stay right to continue on the same CA-14 highway, passing over the overpass spanning CA-58. Continue on CA-14 going beyond California City. There is a small tourist spot called “Jawbone” very close to the unmarked city of Cantil. Slow down, this is VERY close to the spot you will leave the highway (to the right). You are looking for Rogers Road, it will be a right turn from the 14. There is a road sign, but it is small.
Follow this Rogers Road until it will “tee” with Neuralia Road, turn right (go south). Follow Neuralia Road over a set of railroad tracks, then turn left on Munsey Road (going east). Munsey Road is still paved, but be mindful of sand dunes that form and shift at the sides of the road. You will follow Munsey Road until the pavement stops, then changes to black gravel, then a dirt path. Follow this same road on the dirt path for about 12 miles. As the road is narrow and nothing but sand, go slow to stay on the path going generally east following the dry lake bed. The RRS site on its metal arch is visible once you get there.
The Reaction Research Society (RRS) and the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) group have testing sites adjacent to each other. The RRS is the northern site (to the left as you approach). Our GPS coordinates are 35deg, 21′, 2″ North; 117deg 48′ 30″ west. Cell phone coverage is, needless to say, quite sparse as you get close to the site.
DO NOT drive on the dry lake bed as it is illegal and you can get stuck. Also the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) owns the property to the south of this access road and much of what surrounds our site. Stay on the road path. As in all places, be respectful of the environment.