Providence Mountains State Recreation Area is located on the east side of the Providence Mountain range at 4300 feet elevation and offers dramatic views of the surrounding Mojave Desert. Other features include Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve. Cavern tours are offered daily, September through May, and on weekends only during the summer months. On busy weekends and holiday weeks, tours often sell out. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. Tour reservations are by mail and must be made 2 weeks in advance. A reservation form will be mailed to you at your request by calling the park. Located 56 miles from Needles and 16 miles northwest of I-40 near Essex Road. Phone 760-928-2586.
A small 6-site campground has two fairly level sites (#1 and 2) that are generally accessible in fair weather. Parking: The campground is adjacent to a level paved parking lot. Restroom: An accessible unisex toilet room at the west end of the campground serves the campground and the Visitor Center. Drinking fountain and telephone are generally accessible.
Visitor Center: Interior design is mostly accessible. Parking: Park at the lower lot and use the accessible route of travel to the visitor center.
Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve Tour: The cavern tour requires a 1.5-mile round trip from the visitor center and assistance may be needed with slopes and uneven surfaces. There is a handrail on one side. Once inside, the path is firm and stable, many of the stairs are uniform heights, and there are some handrails. The cavern formations create areas as low as 62 inches and as narrow as 14 inches. For those that cannot make the hike, a video tour of the caverns is available for visitors to watch at the visitor center.