Alta worked with the City of Victorville, CA for 19 years in order to see the Mojave Riverwalk come to life. Alta was selected as the lead design firm to create a master plan, oversee the environmental assessment work, and eventually lead the design and construction for this pristine and highly sensitive riparian corridor.

Located east of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert, the nine-mile trail follows the Mojave River, passing along areas rich in cultural and natural history. It provides an alternative transportation link between downtown Victorville and Victor Valley College. The plan addressed habitat issues of several federally listed migratory birds, including the California Spotted Toad. Additional considerations included:

  • Negotiating with the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad for trail use within the rail right-of-way
  • Addressing concerns of citizens who live adjacent to the trail
  • Routing the trail through the “Narrows,” a constricted canyon containing the river, railroad, and proposed trail
  • Identifying trail alignments before rapid development makes the alignment obsolete
  • Addressing public safety in isolated portions of the trail
  • Meeting the needs of multiple users, including portions heavily used by equestrians and mountain bikers
  • Arriving at a strong design concept that reflects the uniqueness of this riparian corridor