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Barstow is a city in the southern desert of the state of California. The city's location at the junction of Interstate 15 and Interstate 40, as well as its position on the old Route 66, make it a frequent pit stop for travelers passing through on their way to more exotic destinations.



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Get in

By air

Barstow itself does not have commercial airline service. The closest commercial airport is LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT IATA) about a 1-hour 14 minute drive south of Barstow on Interstate 15, passing through Victorville, Cajon Pass, and Rancho Cucamonga en route.

By car

Interstate 40 and Interstate 15, both major cross-country highways, intersect in Barstow. I-15 comes from Southern California to the south and the Las Vegas area to the north. I-40 comes from Northern Arizona. The historic (but decommissioned) Route 66 also passes through. California State Route 58 enters from the west, connecting Barstow to Bakersfield.

By train

  • Amtrak, 685 North First Ave. The Southwest Chief line stops in Barstow. The westbound train stops in Barstow at 3:40AM and the eastbound stops at 9:55PM, so plan accordingly.

By bus

Get around

By foot

The downtown area of Barstow is small enough to easily get around by walking.

By car

Main Street, L Street, Rimrock Road, and Montera Road encircle Barstow, while Barstow Road bisects the city.

Barstow is a small town with no traffic problems.

By bus

  • Barstow Area Transit, +1 760 255-3330. M-F- 7AM-7PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 8AM-4PM. BAT provides service on three bus lines that run hourly. For areas not covered by the routes, dial-a-ride service (+1 760 256-0311) is available. $1.25, Senior/disabled $0.65, children 6-17 $1, under 5 free..


Western America Railroad Museum
  • 1 Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Rd, +1 760 252-6060. Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM. The highlight of the DDC is the 6,700 pound (3,039 kg) Old Woman Meteorite, the second largest meteorite ever found in the United States. Free.
  • Main Street Murals (See website for a map of locations). 24 hours. A series of 16 murals depicting the history of Barstow are painted on the sides of buildings along Main Street. A note of interest is that all of the murals have jackrabbit painted into them, some obvious, some require searching. Free.
  • 2 Mojave River Valley Museum, 270 E. Virginia Way (Exit I-15 at Barstow Road, go north two blocks then turn left.), +1 760 256-5452, . Daily 11AM-4PM except Christmas Day. Presents the history of the Mojave River Valley from the arrival of Father Garces in 1776 through the space program. Free.
  • 3 Barstow Harvey House, 681 N. First Avenue, Barstow, CA 92311 (Exit I-15 and E. Main Street, head west three miles, turn right on First Avenue and continue 1/2 mile north over the tracks.), +1 760 256-8617. Operation hours varies across multiple occupants, see below. Known as "Casa Del Desierto", this structure is one of the hotels built by Fred Harvey during the effort to build his vision of "3,000 Miles of Hospitality" along the Santa Fe Railways. No longer in operation as a Hotel, the Harvey House is the location of the Barstow Route 66 Museum, the Western America Railroad Museum, the Barstow Chamber of Commerce and the Barstow Visitor's Bureau.


  • 1 Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Fossil Bed Rd (North on Irwin Road for 6 miles, turn left onto Fossil Bed Road, then follow the signs to Fossil Canyon Loop Road.), +1 760 252-6000, fax: +1 760 252-6098. Rainbow Basin is a natural basin that features fantastic and beautiful shapes in its rock formations. The road is one-way narrow dirt road is best driven with a high clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles. Free.
  • 2 Skyline Drive-In Theater, 31175 Old Hwy 58 (Heading north, the Drive-In is about 3/10 of a miles (500 m) west from the "Old Highway 58" exit on the I-15, just before Soap Mine Rd.), +1 760-256-3333. Open seven days a week, first showing at sundown (8pm Summer, 6pm Winter). As one of the last drive-ins in San Bernardino County, this is a chance to experience the classical drive-in cinema under the dark desert sky, while seeing the newest blockbusters. It frequently has packed nights on new movie openings and even has a small (but fully functional diner) attached to the projector house. Bring your own car (obviously). If you wonder why you are not hearing any sound, it is broadcast on FM that you can tune into using your car or a personal stereo. The entry kiosk and diner staff can help you to find the frequencies for each screen. There are two separate screens each showing two new movies per night, allowing visitors to watch two movies for one price (with "theater hopping" allowed between pictures if you don't like the one you picked.) Entrance fee is $6/person.


  • 1 Tanger Outlet Center, 2796 Tanger Way (just South of Barstow along Interstate 15), +1 760-253-4813, toll-free: +1 800-409-3175. Mo-Su 9AM-8PM. Dozens and dozens of places to shop for virtually every name brand merchandise one can think of. There are plenty of places to eat for the weary traveler too.


  • 1 Jenny's Grill Steak & Mariscos, 1231 E. Main St. (Exit I-15 at E. Main Street, head west for 1 mile. Restaurant is on right hand side in front of Comfort Inn.), +1 760 255-1500, fax: +1 760 256-8020. M-Sa 7:30AM-10PM, Su 7:30AM-9PM. A family run Mexican restaurant with Sonoran, Continental, and Seafood entrees. Good food, and reasonable prices with dinner entrees starting around $6. Pricing avg. $8-$12 a plate.
  • 2 McDonald's Barstow Station, 1611 E. Main St., +1 760 256-0812. Lobby - Daily 5AM-11P, Drive-thru - Daily 24 hours. If not the largest McDonald's in the world, it is certainly the most unique. Barstow Station is a McDonald's with an ice cream shop, candy store, gas station and the home of several radio stations that broadcast to travelers crossing the Mojave Desert. The most unique aspect of Barstow Station is the eating area. You can dine in old train cars and enjoy the view of travelers passing through this town. There is also a stand inside that sells homemade fudge.
  • 3 Lola's Kitchen, 1244 E. Main St., +1 760 255-1007. M-F 4AM-7:30PM, Sa 4AM-4:30PM. Excellent Mexican food located inside the Von's shopping center. Cash only.
  • 4 Del Taco (Del Taco #1), 2871 Lenwood Rd. (Exit I-15 at Lenwood Rd., restaurant is on the east side toward Barstow Outlet Center.), +1 760 253-2641. 6AM - Midnight. Opened in 1964, this is one of the first Del Tacos (the chain started in Barstow) and has an extensive menu, serving otherwise long discontinued offerings. A special menu available only at the Barstow restaurants offers a selection of items with increased quantity at a discounted price.
  • 5 Idle Spurs Steakhouse (Idle Spurs), 690 Old Highway 58, +1 760 256-8888, . Tu-F 11AM-9PM, Sa-Su 4PM-9PM. Situated in a renovated house just outside of the Main St. district, big steaks, full bar, homey atmosphere, music on the weekends. Pricing avg. $15-25 a plate.
  • 6 DiNapoli's Firehouse, 1358 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311 (Exit I-15 at E. Main Street, head west 1 block, turn left on Mountain View, restaurant is on the righthand side facing Main Street.), +1 760 256-1094. 11AM - 9PM. DiNapoli's Firehouse is a dark yet warmly lit and arranged Italian restaurant with FDNY memorabilia and New York crooners during their heyday lining the walls. Meals cover the gamut of Italian cooking and pasta/baked Lunch and Dinner variety. Pricing avg. $15-25 a plate.



  • 3 Motel 6, 150 Yucca Ave, +1 760 256-1752, fax: +1 760-256-9110. $45–55 (Doubles).
  • 5 Sleep Inn on Historic Route 66, 1861 W. Main St, +1 760-256-1300, fax: +1 760 256-6807. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Outdoor pool, workout center, complimentary continental breakfast and Internet access. Pet friendly.
  • 6 Stardust Inn, 901 E Main St, +1 760 256-7116. $35–60 (Doubles).

Go next

  • 1 Calico Ghost Town, 36600 Ghost Town Rd, Yermo (13 mi. (21 km) east on I-15), +1 760 254-2122, fax: +1 760 254-2047, . Daily 9AM–5PM except Christmas Day. A family destnation with mines, gunfights, and more. A short train ride gives a brief history of the town and the surrounding desert. $6, Youth 6-15 - $6, under 5 free..
  • 2 Calico Early Man Site, Minneola Rd, Yermo (Located 15 miles northeast of Barstow. Take Interstate 15 north and exit Minneola Road. Follow the signs 2 miles north on graded dirt roads to the site.). Guided tours: W - 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Th-Su - 9:30AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, and 3:30PM. This archaeological site is the location of a stone tool workshop, quarry, and camp site used by nomadic hunters and gatherers around 200,000 years ago, one of the oldest sites found in North America. Adults $5, Children (12 and under) $1, Seniors (62 and over) $2.
  • 3 Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, 93 Goldstone Rd, Fort Irwin (35mi (65km) north), +1 760-255-8688, . Guided tours of the 53 square mile (137 square km) complex housing the massive antennas that NASA uses to communicate with its deep space missions to the planets. All tours must be scheduled in advance. Note that the tour requires entry to the Fort Irwin Army Base so ID is required and vehicles may be searched. Free.
  • Mojave - 70 miles west of Barstow on Highway 58, Mojave is a hotbed of aerospace activity, with the Mojave Spaceport the headquarters of Scaled Composites, the first private company to launch a human into space. Edwards Air Force base, a landing site for the space shuttle and a center for the development of experimental aircraft, is located adjacent to the town.
  • Baker - Located approximately 60 miles to the northeast of Barstow on I-15, Baker is the only significant town on the interstate in the remote desert stretch between Barstow and the Nevada border. It offers food, fuel and lodging, is home to the world's tallest thermometer, and is the starting point for those journeying north to Death Valley.
Routes through Barstow
Los AngelesVictorville  W Amtrak Southwest Chief icon.png E  NeedlesAlbuquerque
Las VegasBaker  N I-15.svg S  Apple ValleySan Bernadino
END  W I-40.svg E  NeedlesKingman
Santa MonicaVictorville  W US 66 (historic).svg E  AmboyKingman
BakersfieldMojave Template:Lfarrow Junction N US 395.svg S  W California 58.svg E  END

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