Other rocks can be found in lesser capacities at Teutonia Peak and the Castle Peaks. Keen eyes will find a great deal of boulders in the Providence and New York Mountains.
The Preserve has a visitor center a Kelso in an old railroad depot. Otherwise services are pretty limited so top off your gas tank before entering the park. Fuel can be found along the interstates at Barstow, Baker, Cima Road and Primm.
The Preserve allows primitive car-camping along any dirt road. There are also two campgrounds - one at Hole-in-the-Wall and the other at Mid-Hills.
Mitchell Caverns in the Providence Mountains State Park is within the boundaries of the Preserve and has a worthwhile tour through limestone caverns. There is quite a lot of rock waiting for some scrambling in the hills above the Caverns.
Bounded on the north by Interstate 15 and the south by Interstate 40 access to the edges of the Preserve is not difficult. The interior roads are of mixed quality, being potholed asphalt or dirt.
This is not a destination rock climb. Any normal person would not complete this approach in order to climb 30 feet of junk rock. But the setting is truly sublime and the views from the peak are incredible. Climb the open book for 30 feet. Belay at a fixed sling anchor. Scramble another fifty feet to the summit.Apparently there used to be a USGS benchmark labeled "Dove" on this summit. It's gone now, replaced by a reference mark labeled "NQ 2". Rappel 30 feet from the anchor....[more]Browse More Classics in CA
WE have climbed and bouldered, camped at Granite Pass Mtns for decades. I cannot believe that this 'research' facility bans climbing since climbing was going on long before they built that place ! WE have done numerous routes on the northeast side of the Crags and there are lot more routes than most people would think along the formations southwest side. Climbing restricted there ? Give me a break !