Cadiz, California

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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
Elevation791 ft (241 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area codes442/760
FIPS code06-09472
GNIS feature ID239977

Cadiz (Spanish: Cádiz)[2][3] is an unincorporated community in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California, United States. It is located just south of the Marble Mountains near the National Trails Highway. Cadiz was a water stop on the railroad.


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.[4]


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

The Cadiz Valley area overlies a large aquifer.

Cadiz, Inc., a Los Angeles-based land and water-resource-management company, owns more than 35,000 acres (140 km2) around Cadiz.[5] It has plans to sell water from the aquifer.[6][7][8] Under a Trump Administration change of policy, the project would not have to undergo federal review.[9] In 2022, officials at Biden’s Interior Department petitioned a federal judge to throw out project approvals issued in 2020.[10]


Cadiz is on 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. negotiated the Arizona & California Railroad for trackage rights for a tourist train operation between Cadiz and Parker. The train was projected to be powered by a steam locomotive, listing Santa Fe 3751 as the potential engine. The plans also required a new station and museum in Cadiz.[11]

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 via a dirt road and has no buildings.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cadiz". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  2. ^ La Opinión - Emiten alertas por calor excesivo en 6 áreas del sur de California con temperaturas de hasta 120°F
  3. ^ Spanish and Indian Place Names of California
  4. ^ Gudde, Erwin; William Bright (2004). California Place Names (Fourth ed.). University of California Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.
  5. ^ Stringfellow, Kim; Sizek, Julia (February 5, 2018). "A 'Chinatown'-Worthy Water Conspiracy Unfolds in the Mojave". KCET. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Swift, Jim (November 9, 2015), "Riders on the Storm", The Weekly Standard, retrieved May 28, 2017
  7. ^ Finley, Allysia (April 8, 2016), "Trying to Get Water to California but Torpedoed by Regulators", The Wall Street Journal, retrieved May 26, 2017
  8. ^ "The Pipeline and the Short Seller", The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2016, retrieved May 26, 2017
  9. ^ Boxall, Bettina (April 4, 2017). "Trump eases the way for a controversial water pumping project in a California desert". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Hiltzik, Michael (December 6, 2021). "Column: Has Biden moved to finally kill California's most farcical water project?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  11. ^ "Cadiz Inc. Announces Agreement to Operate Steam Powered Excursion Train on the Arizona & California Railroad". Business Wire. September 19, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "AirNav: CA90 - Cadiz Airstrip".