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Address: Zzyzx Road, California State University at Fullerton, Soda Springs, CA
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+1 714-278-2428

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Oasis in the Desert

I like to visit places most people overlook, so when I saw Zzyzx on a map, I started wondering what was there. I looked it up online and found the story of a resort started by a... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2016
Blaize S
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I like to visit places most people overlook, so when I saw Zzyzx on a map, I started wondering what was there. I looked it up online and found the story of a resort started by a quack doctor/preacher who had his congregation of homeless men from Skid Row in LA build the structures. Some of the things I read... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Zzyzx is the name of a former quack spa in the Mojave Desert. The spa has long since been shut down. It was developed in the 1930's by a quack "doctor" who had no medical degree and was known widely as a conman, self-proclaimed preacher and founder of universities that never existed! This guy operated his scams for decades traveling... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 August 2015

This is the location of the California State University's Desert Research Station, funded and staffed by a consortium of seven CSU campuses. The Research Station was formerly a Spa and Resort in the 1930s and 40s (Soda Springs Spa). It was also famous as (1) the last word in the English language, and (2) the only place in California unable... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

I've passed that "Zzyzx Rd" sign many times between L.A. and Vegas. Once, years ago, I even started down the road, but it was too rough and I had to turn back. But surprise! Now the road is paved (except for a short stretch) and it is passable by ordinary vehicles (with some care on that unpaved section and also... More 

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

After nearly a life time of pasing buy this ramp, we finally included it in our trip plans. Lots of iffy history about this site, but it is now a part of the California University System. Specifically, Fullerton runs a Desert Studies center here. Home of the Mojave Tui chub. The school accepts studies in a wide variety of Science... More 

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