• Zzyzx Springs - Baker, California

      Zzyzx Springs, an old health resort started by a charismatic quack named Doc Springer in the early decades of the 1900s. It started as Soda Springs, an army outpost and is now the Desert Studies Center, a field station of the California State University. The old Mojave Road runs past the springs and this is an area of intense geologic and nature history interest among fans of the Mojave Desert. I shot the photo above in 2006 from a private plane.

      If you go:
      The graded road has some washboard, but just about any vehicle can make it. This is private property now, so be courteous of the "residents." Of special interest, try and visit at sunset or sunrise -- the reflection of the sky on the ponds is amazing in lower light conditions.


      Zzyzx Road
      Baker, California 92309

      Phone Numbers:

      Emergency Contact Number
      +1 (714) 936-0461

      Comments 1 Comment
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        KS wrote this message to Mark Sedenquist on the 16th of March:
        Not much respect for "The Old Quack" who first found it and
        most likely realized the amazing energy there.
        In the early decades of the 1900's.
        I imagine he was also in tune with The Native American.
        I think you must have missed the point and the Spirit of it.
        This was my response:

        Thanks for writing,

        Doc Springer wasn’t the first who operated this site. He was just a squatter (on Federal land) who created a health spa there. Once he had the buildings built, the sly government agency that actually “owned” the land took it back. The US Army managed Fort Soda Springs dating all the way back to 1867. It’s certainly possible that native American travelers knew of the spot as well. As to the healing quality of the minerals – the jury’s still out on that one.

        I’m a fan of the place, I’ve been going there for the last 25 years, but it’s no more special than any of 100+ special sites in the Mojave.