This is true for the Mojave Road, an off-road route that takes in the banks of the Colorado River and crosses the Mojave Desert, located within the Mojave National Preserve, in the state of California. The road crosses the park from east to west, or rather from the Colorado River to Camp Cady, close to Barstow, splitting it in two. American Indians such as the Paiute, Mojave and Chemehuevi tribes would use this road for communications and commercial exchange and then, towards the end of the 18th century, Spanish explorers also came to know of it, using it for many years as they colonised the West.
Today, this stretch of road is 237 kilometres long and, in good weather, can be covered by experienced enduro riders in two or three days, camping permitted in the park.
The Mojave Road is definitely not a route for newbie riders. Sandy sections alternate with tricky patches of volcanic rock and other very muddy areas, often taking riders by surprise. But the effort always pays off, as all roads lead to one of the most peaceful and untouched desert scenes in the entire country.