Cadiz, California

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Unincorporated community
Salt evaporation ponds near Cadiz
Salt evaporation ponds near Cadiz
Cadiz is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 34°31′12″N 115°30′46″W / 34.52000°N 115.51278°W / 34.52000; -115.51278Coordinates: 34°31′12″N 115°30′46″W / 34.52000°N 115.51278°W / 34.52000; -115.51278
CountryUnited States
CountySan Bernardino
Elevation[1]791 ft (241 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes92304
Area codes442/760
FIPS code06-09472
GNIS feature ID239977

Cadiz is a small unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California. It is located just south of the Marble Mountains near the National Trails Highway. Cadiz is home to a former railroad stop, and is situated at 34° 31' 12" North latitude and 115° 30' 46" West longitude, at an elevation of 791 feet (241 m). It is northeast of the Sheep Hole Mountains and can be accessed by road from the historic Route 66 at Chambless.


The town was named in 1883 by Lewis Kingman, a locating engineer for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. It is the third in a string of alphabetically named railroad stations in the Mojave Desert.[2]


This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure.[citation needed]

Current activity[edit]

The ZIP Code is 92304 and the community is inside area code 760. The Cadiz Valley area overlies a large aquifer and is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of the Colorado River Aqueduct.[citation needed]

Cadiz, Inc., a Los Angeles-based land and water-resource-management company, owns more than 35,000 acres (140 km2) around Cadiz.[citation needed] It has controversial plans to sell water from the aquifer.[3][4][5] Under a Trump Administration change of policy, the project may not have to undergo federal review.[6]


Cadiz is served by the BNSF Railway's Southern Transcon line that runs from Los Angeles to Chicago. It was previously the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line. From Cadiz, the Arizona & California Railroad runs over a former ATSF line to Phoenix via Parker, Arizona.[citation needed]

In September 2013, Cadiz, Inc. had negotiated the Arizona & California Railroad for trackage rights for a tourist train operation between Cadiz and Parker. The train is projected to be powered by a steam locomotive, listing Santa Fe 3751 as the potential engine. The plans also require a new station and museum in Cadiz.[7]

Cadiz Airstrip[edit]

Cadiz Airstrip (CA90) is situated south of the railroad tracks and has one paved runway 8/26 with a length of 5,280 feet (1,610 m). The airstrip is accessible through a dirt road and has no buildings.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cadiz". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Gudde, Erwin; William Bright (2004). California Place Names (Fourth ed.). University of California Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.
  3. ^ Swift, Jim (November 9, 2015), "Riders on the Storm", The Weekly Standard, retrieved May 28, 2017
  4. ^ Finley, Allysia (April 8, 2016), "Trying to Get Water to California but Torpedoed by Regulators", The Wall Street Journal, retrieved May 26, 2017
  5. ^ "The Pipeline and the Short Seller", Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2016, retrieved May 26, 2017
  6. ^ Boxall, Bettina (April 4, 2017). "Trump eases the way for a controversial water pumping project in a California desert". The Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "Cadiz Inc. Announces Agreement to Operate Steam Powered Excursion Train on the Arizona & California Railroad". Business Wire. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
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