Project-JK Mojave Desert Black
Mountain Wilderness Winter Run – VIDEO

The Black Mountain Wilderness is by far one of our most favorite destinations in the Mojave Desert as it is both beautiful and filled with rich history.  During the late 1800’s, travelers would pass through the Black Mountains and make an overnight stop at Black Canyon Well on their way to the Panamint Range carrying needed provisions or back to Los Angeles with cargo of valuable silver ore.  One of these travelers left his mark on several of the black volcanic rock faces indicating that he was “J. & A. Tillman” and that he was in this area on “Sep 3, 1874 San Francisco Cal”.  Of course, well before the miners, Native Americans spent a vast amount of time in this area and left a stunning array of petroglyphs into the rock faces and some of which depict a herd of big horn sheep.

When we made this particular trip out to the Black Mountain Wilderness, it was soon after a big winter storm and one that left an unusual amount of snow and water behind.  While it was very cold out, it was also amazingly beautiful out that day and we made sure to make many stops along the way to take it all in.  Our first stop was at the old Black Canyon Well where we looked for one of three famous Tillman signatures and played in the snow.  Scouts Cove was our next stop and after checking out the home miners had carved out of a tuffa tower, we spent some time rock hounding for the same fire opals that the Tiffany Jewlery Company had sought after many years before.  From there, we made our way over to Inscription Canyon to admire the intricate petroglyphs carved into the black volcanic rock by an ancient people long since gone.

Our final destination on this trip took us well out of the Black Mountains and due to the unusual amount of snow and water everywhere, required that we drive for miles through deep water and mud.  While this entire trip can normally be done without the need of a 4WD, I can assure you that we were all glad to have our Jeeps.  Just as the sun was about to set, we made it out to one of our favorite dry lakes in the Mojave Desert and one that is simply breathtaking to see after a big storm as you will see in this video.  Of all the years we have been coming out to this dry lake, there have only been a handful of times that we’ve seen it with this much water in it and, this was the very first time we had seen it with all this snow around.  Truly, it was an experience to be remembered and maybe the only time we will ever see it like this again.

To watch this video now, simply click on the screen or link below:

Project-JK Mojave Desert Black Mountain Wilderness Winter Run – VIDEO

If you would like to see a ton of photos from our run, click on the link below:

Project-JK Mojave Desert Black Mountain Wilderness Winter Run Photo Gallery

And last but not least, if you have the opportunity to visit this amazing place, please remember to tread lightly.


  1. Great video. I love the openness of the west vs. our wheeling in New England.

    What song / group was used for the music?

  2. Thanks Eddy…that’s an awesome song! I thought I recognized. A very cool remix of the Sigur Ros song. Thanks again for your video and info. Now if I can only figure out where to download it…Beatport says it’s region restricted and iTunes doesn’t have it. I may have to buy the CD from the UK.

  3. wow. quite the scenery on this trip. Looks like quite the time. You guys are lucky to have such nice trails. Wish I could drive my jk down

  4. How and where did you apply for the Chicane song license? I can’t seem to find the info anywhere on the web. Thanks!!

  5. when you go in to stores like that, do people recognize you guys as like a big popular group? also, i wanted to know about how much money you put in to your jeeps. thankyou

  6. LOL!! naw, we’re just regular guys and gals just like you. as far as how much money has gone into our jeeps goes, some just a bit and some have a lot in them. but really, there’s never an end to the spending 🙂

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