Quirky Attraction: Zzyzx Road

Zzyzx Road

Zzyzx Road
Location: Near Baker, California
When to visit: Anytime during the day
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 2 minutes to see the sign / an hour to visit the picnic spot
Website: National Park Service page

This place is a quirky attraction simply for its name. Zzyzx! That’s genius. I’m not sure how it’s pronounced. I’m guessing “zizzicks,” but some outlets say it’s “zy-zicks.” Either way, I have to believe it’s the best street name in America.

Zzyzx Road is located just off Route 15 near the Mojave National Preserve, six miles southwest of Baker, California. Folks going from L.A. to Vegas or vice versa often pass the sign. The road is apparently part paved and part dirt.

What can you do on Zzyzx Road? According to the National Park Service, which actually has a page dedicated to this place, Zzyzx is home to the Desert Studies Center, where California State University students can do field study in a desert environment. There’s a self-guided trail along the shore of Soda Lake with vault toilets and a picnic space for curious travelers.

If you don’t have time for all of that, you can simply do what I did – pull over and snap a pic of the Zzyzx Road sign, because it’s just so weird.

Random fact: The rock band Stone Sour named a song Zzyzx Road, and a couple of movies have been named after it.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

16 comments on “Quirky Attraction: Zzyzx Road

  1. Lake Jackson, TX, has streets called “This”, “That”, and a whole neighborhood with streets named after chemicals: “Benzene”, “Chlorine”, etc. Their city planners must have had a sense of humor.
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  2. Being a Cal State student at the time, I stayed overnight at the center there Zzyzx Road. If I recall, it was originally built and run by some religious cult, and was later bought by the university.

    All I remember was eating marinated beef bbq, drinking a lot of beer, and lying on our backs trying to spot satellites in the night sky. In the morning, we walked out on the salt flats.

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