Adventure Ride Trip Reports

Mojave UTV Adventure Ride

UTVs in Mojave

By Jon Crowley

Calico to Laughlin

Laughlin to Primm

Primm to Calico

The Mojave Road travels through the middle of the Mojave National Preserve and in between the I-40 and I-15 in South Eastern California. The road starts on the banks of the Colorado River near Needles and ends at Camp Cady (near I-15 between Baker and Barstow). Just over 130 miles of some of the most beautiful views imaginable. Most of the road is an easy drive, however four wheel drive and good vehicle clearance is necessary and there are a few places where the terrain is more difficult.

What we found after the trip was green stickered vehicles are not allowed on portions of the Mojave Trail through Mojave National Preserve.

Day One: Calico to Laughlin

UTV run in the Mojave Desert Start of our UTV run near Calico
Ready to head out from Calico

We only got about 10 miles into the first day when I had engine problems.  We ended up getting towed back to the road where we were met by a truck/trailer that took us back to Calico.  After Mike Lasher of Side x Side Action Magazine made a few calls, we ended up heading to Bullhead City, Arizona to see if we could get the Rhino fixed up so we could continue the trip.

We ended up at Wet n’ Wild Motorsports.  They dropped what they were doing and tore into my Rhino engine.

Wet n' Wild in Bullhead City 

Yamaha Rhino 660 Engine Rhino 660 Piston Bent valve on Rhino 660 Installing new valves and springs on Rhino 660 head

Setting the timing on a Rhino 660
The Rhino carnage – A valve floated and cause minimal damage to the piston.  A new set of valves and springs and we were back together.

Day Two: Laughlin to Primm

UTVs on the trail in the Mojave Desert  Fullbore Innovations hood on a Polaris RZR 

Joshua Trees behind our Side by side vehicles

Stateline - Arizona/Nevada On the trail with three Rhinos and two RZRs Met up with the motorhome in Nipton, CA Looking across the valley at Primm Nevada
We arrived at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm just about dark, but there was still some work to do….

New Walker Evans Racing shocks for George's Rhino  Tim from OMF helps with the shock install
George got some Walker Evans Racing shocks for his Rhino.  The stock shocks were shot.

Rhino Flat Tire Repair  Yamaha Rhino Flat Tire Repair  Yamaha Rhino Flat Tire Repair  Yamaha Rhino Flat Tire Repair

Yamaha Rhino Flat Tire Repair
Flat Tire Repair Kit – We hit a rock real hard and slice the sidewall pretty good.  The tire repair worked like a charm.

Buffalo Bill's in Primm Nevada Arriving in Primm just before dark Buffalo Bill's in Primm Nevada Buffalo Bill's in Primm Nevada
Buffalo Bill’s in Primm Nevada

Day Three: Primm to Calico

Rhinos & RZR headed to Calico from Primm Three Rhinos and one RZR on the trail after leaving Primm, NV Rhino and RZR on the trail after leaving Primm, NV 
Trail after leaving Buffalo Bill’s in Primm


This lost soul took the wrong turn and buried with 2 wheel drive truck in the sand. We let some air out of his tires and gave him a push and that was all that was needed.

Soda Dry Lake - The Rockpile ZZYZX
Soda Dry Lake – The Rockpile

UTVs at Rasor Dunes OHV Area Rasor Dunes OHV Area Rasor Dunes OHV Area
Rasor Dunes OHV Area

Mojave River crossing in Yamaha Rhino
George crossing the Mojave River in his Rhino

Mojave Trail & the Mojave National Preserve:

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