Ivanpah, California

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View of Ivanpah, with the Ivanpah Mountains in the distance
View of Ivanpah, with the Ivanpah Mountains in the distance
Ivanpah is located in California
Location within the state of California
Coordinates: 35°20′26″N 115°18′38″W / 35.34056°N 115.31056°W / 35.34056; -115.31056Coordinates: 35°20′26″N 115°18′38″W / 35.34056°N 115.31056°W / 35.34056; -115.31056
CountryUnited States
CountySan Bernardino
3,520 ft (1,070 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
GNIS feature ID243939[1]

Ivanpah is in the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County, California. There are several residences in the area, but no real village.[1]

Ivanpah is located on the bajada below the northeast side of the New York Mountains overlooking the broad Ivanpah Valley. The Ivanpah Mountains lie across the valley to the northwest.[2]

Ivanpah is located at the crossing of Ivanpah Road and the Union Pacific Railroad, which was the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad until 1921 when it was bought out by Union Pacific. There was once a general store located here.

The original name for this crossing was Leastalk. The California Eastern Railway crossed the LA&SL railroad at this location. The California Eastern Railway became part of California, Arizona and Santa Fe Railway, which abandoned operations in 1918, with the tracks being pulled up in 1921.[citation needed]

Ivanpah is also the home of the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, the largest thermal solar power facility in the world, which opened officially on February 13, 2014.


  1. ^ a b "Ivanpah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  2. ^ Ivanpah, California—Nevada, 30x60 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1985