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Explore Rock Faces in the Mojave Desert

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Before leaving for our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, we had all our stops planned. Everything was perfectly timed so that we would have enough time to see everything we wanted before arriving in Vegas. While I was driving, my daughter noticed something online that caught her attention – Rock Faces.

She immediately plugged the location into the GPS in our Kia Sorento, and we learned that it was along our route. Little did we know at the time that it was going to be an adventure we would remember forever.

The GPS took us off the highway and into the heart of the Mojave desert in Victorville, and it told us to start driving along a dirt road. Keep in mind that I was traveling alone with my three kids, so I was a little hesitant about going too far off the beaten path on this trip.

But, before I knew it, I was putting our Kia Sorento AWD to the test. The road was rocky, and I slowly took my time driving along the dirt path that was leading to a set of mountains in the middle of nowhere. I was a little worried because our cell phones did not have service, but my mind was at rest having a vehicle equipped with UVO, so I would be able to contact emergency roadside assistance if needed.

The road started to get a little too rough, and we were having no luck finding Rock Faces. I had to let my daughter down by telling her it was time to head back, but we all agreed that it is creepy being in the middle of the desert with nobody around for miles.

Just as I turned the Sorento around to drive back to the highway, there it was! We had finally found it!! I parked the car, and the kids got out of the car with so much excitement. At first, we couldn’t believe what we were seeing. There are delicately carved faces on the rock boulders. My kids looked at the rocks, and we took a bunch of keepsake photos to show with their dad when we got home. (We don’t know if it is an archaeological site so I don’t recommend letting kids touch or climb on the rocks)

After we were done visiting Rock Faces, I carefully drove along the dirt road back to the highway. I had never driven on a dirt road before, especially one that was bumpy, but the Kia Sorento handled great.

While on our way to the next stop along our road trip to Bottle Tree Ranch, we were wondering how those faces got on the rocks? Did Native Americans carve them? An artist? When we searched online to see if we could find out, there wasn’t any information, so we may never know…

If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, go to see Rock Faces. You will need a car with AWD or 4×4 to get out to the location. I recommend bringing a lot of water, an emergency medical kit, have a car with satellite roadside assistance, and not going alone like I did!!

The GPS coordinates are 34.5750, -117.30935.

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  1. Video from a few years ago of the rock faces in Victorville.

    I think they are made by an unknown local artist.

  2. I totally want to go there!!

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