The Route 66 “Mother Road Museum” is located in the 1911 Casa del Desierto, a historic building that was built in the Mojave Desert. It tells the story of Route 66 and early railways. The historic building was used as a railway depot and hotel during the golden age of trans-American rail travel.
Anyone who is in the area of Barstow should visit the remarkable Rainbow Basin Natural Area. You can drive just a short distance along Route 58 to Fort Irwin Rd to reach the unpaved road that winds through a stunning landscape of canyons, crags, and valleys made from soft sandstone over millions of years.
The Western America Railroad Museum (aka WARM) is a fascinating place to spend an hour learning about the fascinating history and development of the Pacific southwest Railroads. The museum is located in an authentic railway depot. It houses a large collection that has everything to do railroads.
The Mojave River Valley Museum was founded in 1964 by a group local residents who wanted attention to their extraordinary area. The museum preserves and displays many historical exhibits, including over 20,000 photographs and hundreds of local newspapers, about the history and development of the Mojave Valley since 1776.
Castle Mountains National Monument, which covers 21 acres of wilderness, is located between the Nevada state line and Mojave National Preserve. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to spend time in this remote area enjoying Joshua tree forests, desert grasslands, and beautiful seasonal wildflowers.
A fitting memorial to the brave firefighters who died in the terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center Twin Towers will be found right next to the Desert Discovery Center, Highway 15. Barstow Fire Department decided to place a large replica of an FDNY firefighter helmet in honor of the 343 firefighters who were killed on 9/11.
The Barstow Harvey House (aka Casa Del Desierto or House of the Desert) is more than just a historical building; the former train depot/restaurant/hotel today houses the Western America Railroad Museum, the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum, the Barstow Chamber of Commerce and the Barstow Visitor’s Bureau.