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Featured Outdoor Adventure

GOAT CANYON TRESTLE

The Mojave Desert covers a huge portion of the South Western US, and includes portions of California, Arizona, Nevada and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Utah.  These deserts are as diverse as the people who have been there. Over the centuries it has been used for mining, homesteading, routes from the east to the west, hunting, and settings for western movies and TV shows,  Many years ago American Indians also used the area extensively. Today it is a mix of public and private land, but it is always worth a visit. 

One of the many fascinating areas of the Mojave is located in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Our Featured Adventure took us to see one of the most amazing engineering feats of US Rail Road History - The San Diego and Arizona Railway, and specifically the Goat Canyon Trestle. Located in the Anza Borrego Desert, this railroad was built in the impossible terrain of the Carrizo Canyon, in a part of the Mojave that regularly sees temperatures topping 100 during the summer months.   Railroad construction began in 1907 and was completed in 1919 for a new route from El Centro to San Diego.  

The Goat Canyon Trestle was not part of the original construction, but became necessary after a landslide destroyed tunnel #15 in March of 1932. One hundred and one days later, construction crews had built a new tunnel #15, as well as the Goat Canyon Trestle.  Constructed entirely of wood, this trestle is still standing, and when the entire line is operational, it is still being used. 

The hike to the trestle is rough and requires a lot of boulder hopping and mountain climbing, but well worth the effort.

CARRIZO CANYON, THROUGH WHICH THE SAN DIEGO & ARIZONA RAILWAY WAS BUILT

Carrizo Canyon, through which the San Diego & Arizona was built

FIRST VIEW OF THE GOAT CANYON TRESTLE FROM THE MOUNTAIN ABOVE

First view of the trestle from the mountain above

RAILROAD TRACKS OVER GOAT CANYON

Railroad tracks over the Goat Canyon

OLD RAILS, LEFTOVER FROM THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION, DATED 1914

Old rails, leftover from the original construction, dated 1913

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