Buckhorn Back Country Byway
States: California and Nevada
Length: 31.0 mi / 49.9 km
Time to Allow: 2 hours to drive the byway, more if you make stops along the way.
Restrictions: Portions of this byway may require a high-clearance type vehicle.
Tune up your 4-wheel drive vehicle, pack some extra water and a spare tire, and embark on an adventure through the topmost corners of California and Nevada. Buckhorn Back Country Byway takes you through some famous sites in the area. Visit herds of wild horses and burros, spot rare waterfowl, and admire some attractions deemed worthy of protection by the BLM.
During wet months, you'll notice flocks of migratory birds stopping in at several wet-weather lakes just off the byway. Cross through Twin Peaks Wild Horse and Burro Management Area and catch a glimpse of the animals among juniper and sagebrush. Your trip may be punctuated by the majestic sight of pronghorn antelope sprinting across the landscape at speeds of up to sixty miles per hour.
Also, a rugged stand of Ponderosa Pine has managed to live in the hot sands in the Pine Dunes Research Natural Area, just off the byway. Within these protected acres the noble pines stand out in contrast to the dunes surrounding them.