Desert Lighthouse | DL Newsletter #3
Desert Lighthouse is a full-size functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert near Hinkley, CA.
Desert Lighthouse is a full-size functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert near Hinkley, CA.
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DL Newsletter #3

We’re in the home stretch, people! This Saturday, July 1st 2017, you are cordially invited to attend the official lighting ceremony of the Desert Lighthouse in Hinkley, CA. The record heat and high desert winds proved to be vigorous challenges, with unsecured panels tearing off the structure, blueprints carried off during final inspections, and a Canadian film crew gamely braving the un-Canadian temperatures to document the final phases for the Discovery Channel.

But everything is tested and bolted down and ready for the inaugural ceremony, which will take place from 6 – 9pm as the incredible desert sunset transitions into darkness and the Desert Lighthouse is officially lit for the first time. Temperatures will be the lowest in 2 weeks, but you should bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Allow one-and-a-half to two hours driving time from Los Angeles (full directions below). Carpooling is encouraged, and if you need or can offer a ride, we’ll be happy to facilitate communication through our FB page or our email

Directions to Hinkley, CA 

Google map coordinates to the parking area: 34.944, -117.207

From Los Angeles, take either I-10 east or I-210 east, to I-15 north towards Las Vegas/Barstow. Just before Barstow, take Highway 58 west. Proceed approximately 9 miles to Hinkley Rd. Turn Right on Hinkley Rd and drive north 2 miles. After crossing the train tracks, turn left on Santa Fe Ave. Proceed 2 miles to the marked parking area. Transportation will be provided from the parking area to the base of the lighthouse.

Preparing for the Desert

Although the event is during sunset, the weather is expected to be hot and there is little shade. It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Due to the conditions of the roads a short hike may be required. The nearest town with food, water, and gas is Barstow. For those interested in staying overnight, there are motels in Barstow and camping on the grounds is allowed at your own risk.