KELSO CIMA / MORNING STAR MINE Date reviewed - 7/05
Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .Low
Traffic . . . . . . Light
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Fair
Length . . . . . .40 miles
If you choose to head towards Vegas from the Kelso intersection, you will find the first ½ mile incredibly tight as the road winds around some abandoned buildings near the train station. After this thought the road straightens out and except for the occasional slight corner runs straight for about 14 miles parallel to the train tracks.
For a few miles before Cima (basically a RR Xing, intersection, and 1 small shack that doubles as a market and Post Office) the road starts to undulate with nice elevation changes and curves mixed together.
At Cima you can choose to take Cima Rd. north (purple on map) towards the 15 Fwy. I have not driven this section due to the fact it isn't really the most direct route to Vegas but it looks like it might be fun.
After Cima (who lives out here?), heading east, the road changes names to Morning Star Mine Rd., but don't let the name fool you the road is in pretty good condition. For the next 15 miles the road is pretty much straight with the occasional corner until you come to a stop sign at Ivanpah Rd. (cyan on map). See below for description of Ivanpah.
To continue on to Vegas turn left at the stop and drive about 3.5 miles to another stop at Nipton Rd. Again turn left and after another 3.5 miles to the 15 north to Vegas. Note: at the Ivanpah / Nipton intersection you can theoretically travel north on Ivanpah instead of turning west to get to the 15 but the road is dirt and I have not tried it myself.- Back to Region
Blue: Kellbaker Rd. (south)
Red: Kellbaker Rd. (north)
Yellow: Kelso Cima / Morning Star Mine Rd.
Purple: Cima Rd. (un-reviewed)
Cyan: Ivanpah Rd.
Yellow: Kelso Cima / Morning Star Mine
Cyan: Ivanpah Rd.
Orange: Nipton Rd. to the 95.