This is a large, sprawling expanse of desert wasteland; just perfect for military training and testing. The commissary and BX are good for the size of the installation and well stocked.
I live in Ridgecrest, which is where all the rocket scientists and support staff for China Lake live. Ridgecrest mostly came to be because the government needed a place to design, test, and blow up ordinances out of sight, out of hearing, and out of mind. The Mojave Desert is big and to most outsiders, empty. If you can say... 更多
Well worth the hassle to visit, but I wonder why they can not move the museum off of the Naval Weapons property, into town. Would make the background check unnecessary, and create more access for the public.
This museum offers the visitor a great deal of information on the accomplishments and development of weapons technology here at China Lake. This little gem of the desert loaded with photos, video and static displays. If you have an interest in weapons development, this museum is bursting with information and there are kindly volunteers on duty to assist you. Make... 更多
If you come here to visit the museum you have to go to the visitor center (located off base) to obtain a badge first. The museum is small but very interesting.
I visited the China Lake Base museum in November 2015 with my family and we all loved the experience. In order to get into the museum you have to get a background check completed at the Pass and ID office. The process can take up to 2 hours. There may be a way to have the background completed before arriving... 更多
We were travelling from the Grand Canyon to San Francisco and decided to break the journey at ridgecrest, to see the China Lake Naval museum. We had read reviews and also spoke to the museum before travelling, and all seemed to say there would be an hour or so wait for security. THIS IS NOT TRUE FOR OVERSEAS VISITORS! We... 更多
This base has a lot of military test facilities as can be found listed on the web. The base is immense. It varies from an elevation of 2500 feet to over 6,000 ft. It the summer it is damn hot at the lower elevation and simply hot at the higher elevation.
First of all you need a pass to get on the Naval Base at China Lake. If you are a foreigner with a passport you will be allowed to go to the museum. Military with ID, contractors and military retired with ID do not have a problem getting on base to come to the musuem. Mon. thru Fri. the visitors... 更多