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The Rand Mountains are located in the Mojave Desert northeast of California City and southwest of the town of Randsburg.

Rand Mountains
Rand Mountains is located in California
Rand Mountains
location of Rand Mountains in California [1]
Highest point
Elevation1,049 m (3,442 ft)
CountryUnited States
DistrictKern County
Range coordinates35°17′41.871″N 117°46′38.228″W / 35.29496417°N 117.77728556°W / 35.29496417; -117.77728556Coordinates: 35°17′41.871″N 117°46′38.228″W / 35.29496417°N 117.77728556°W / 35.29496417; -117.77728556
Topo mapUSGS Saltdale SE



The mountains were the location of the Rand Mining District, with the mining towns of Randsburg, Red Mountain, and Johannesburg, now approaching ghost town status.


The mountains lie in a southwest-northeasterly direction at the eastern edge of the Fremont Valley. The Scodie Mountains and the Sierra Nevada are to the west. The range stretches approximately 15 miles from the Desert Tortoise Natural Area to the old mining areas of Randsburg.

The principal peaks of the range are Government Peak, at 4,741 feet, and Sidney Peak, at 4,372 feet above sea level. The Rand Mountains receive very little rainfall in a normal year, typically less than seven inches.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rand Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  • California Road and Recreation Atlas, 2005, pg.94