Welcome to the Local Adventurer Link Up. The purpose of this weekly link up is to foster gratitude for the place you live, show others great local experiences that they might never find as a tourist, and to inspire others to explore and be present wherever they are.
DISCOVERY CONSISTS NOT OF SEEKING NEW LANDS BUT SEEING WITH NEW EYES.
Since moving to Vegas, we’ve made countless drives to LA. And every time we do, we always talk about Zzyzx road as we drive by it. If you’ve ever done the drive, I’m sure the peculiar name caught your eye, but how many of you know what’s at the end of the road? We decided we had to see for ourselves.
The Zzyzx exit (pronounced zei-zix) is two hours outside of Las Vegas. 5 miles south of the exit, we discovered an oasis that we later learned has quite an odd history. Initially known as “Soda Springs”, this was a popular stop for Indians, Spanish explorers, an Army outpost, miners, and the railroad. In 1944, LA radio evangelist Curtis H. Springer decided to make the mineral springs a health resort. As a gimmick to be the last listing in any directory, he and is wife ended up naming it the “Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort” as it’s “the last word in health” and the last word in the English language.
The resort was a huge success! They constantly had guests frequenting the “healing waters” and Springer shipped his “medical products” all over the world. In the 70s, the government realized that they had no legit claim to the land and evicted them. Since then, it’s been taken over by the Bureau of Land Management. A group of California State University campuses manage Zzyzx as a Desert Studies center and the site is a protected habitat for the Mohave Tui Chub, which Springer had stocked in his pond and have died off almost everywhere else.
If you do a bit more digging, you’ll find bizarre stories of unexplainable healings and claims that it’s the true fountain of youth. There are even news articles of when it was an army base how people were miraculously healed. Regardless of what you believe it may be, it was definitely an unexpected adventure off a road that we’ve seen so many times!
Tips for your Zzyzx Road Excursion:
- Exit off of I-15, and drive south for approximately 5 miles on the paved road. You’ll hit a short section (0.1 miles) of a dirt road at 3.5 miles, but the rest if paved until you reach the oasis.
- If you want to watch the lowest grossing movie ever starring Katherine Heigl, check out Zyzzx Road the movie. haha They even spelled the road name wrong. On purpose?
LOCAL ADVENTURER LINK UP RULES
1. Share your most recent post about a local adventure (i.e., a new area of town or a new food spot you checked out) either in your own hometown or within driving distance. Doesn’t have to be a Thursday post, but mine just happens to be. Unrelated entries or ones linked to your homepage will be deleted.
2. Link back to this site so that others can join in on the fun! Feel free to use the button below if you like!
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3. MOST IMPORTANTLY you MUST visit the person’s blog linked up directly before you and leave them a comment on their post.
4. If you tweet out your local adventure post with #localadventurer I will retweet your link!
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Is there a road near you that you’ve always wondered ‘what lies at the end’?
We’re finally checking this off our bucket list!!! :)