Make yourself at home in our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Barstow, California. In no time you'll be hiking the desert canyons and riverbeds and touring Mojave National Preserve.
Take a quick drive from our hotels in Barstow for your first glimpse of the desert at the Rainbow Basin Natural Landmark. Hike among canyons and rocks streaked rust red and ocher yellow after millions of years of dynamic geological activity. From Rainbow Basin you can head farther into the desert to Inscription Canyon. The canyon's black walls are covered in Native American drawings dating back several thousands of years. In town, guests of our Barstow hotels can visit the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, filled with cultural memorabilia from the storied highway that delivered millions of migrants to the west. Also in town, the Western America Railroad Museum displays vintage railcars and cabooses.
Bargain-hunting guests at our Barstow hotels can take a quick drive south to the Barstow outlets along I-15. Name-brand outlets are clustered in malls and near top chain restaurants. Enjoy a hearty dinner of steak or ribs at Idle Spurs, set in a historic home in town. Dine inside or on the patio among gardens and trees during cool desert evenings.
After a good night's sleep at one of our Barstow hotels, head out early into the Mojave National Preserve, about an hour's drive east. Take a driving tour along Kelbaker Road past the Sahara-like Kelso Dunes and jumbled Granite Mountains. Or stop in the former mineral-springs settlement known as Zzyzx to stroll the manmade oasis lake, now surrounded by California State University's Desert Studies Center.
Stay at our hotels in Barstow to discover the secrets of the Mojave Desert in spring or autumn, when lower temperatures and cooling rains make exploring easier.