Needles Field Office

Route 66 - Ludlow, California

Abandoned store on Route 66 in Ludlow.  BLM Photo

Ludlow, California, is a small town, with a population of about 10 residents, in the Mojave Desert about half way between Needles and Barstow.

The town started as a water stop for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1883. Ore was found in the nearby hills, leading to a boom. By the 1940s, mining had ceased and the town was left with only the tourist traffic from Route 66. When Interstate 40 was built, there was little business and the residents departed, leaving empty buildings that still stand beside old Route 66.

A small portion of Ludlow abutting Interstate 40 is still inhabited, continuing it's long tradition of providing services to desert travelers. 

Bureau of Land Management
Needles Field Office
1303 S Highway 95
Needles, CA 92363
Phone: (760) 326-7000
Fax: (760) 326-7099
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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Portions of Historic Route 66 are temporarily closed for repairs

Route 66 from Ludlow to Kelbaker Road is now open.  Kelbaker Road to 140 at Mountain Spring Road remains closed.

Follow the San Bernardino County Road Department's repair work on Route 66