Location

The center is located in Lucerne Valley, California, on twelve and a half acres, on one side of a valley, at an elevation of 3000 ft. in the Mojave Desert (high desert). The city of Barstow is forty minutes to the north. Victorville is thirty minutes to the west. to the south, Big Bear (and skiing) is thirty minutes and Yucca Valley is just under an hour away.  The city of San Bernardino is a one-hour drive, Los Angeles is a two-hour drive.

Driving Directions to:

Chùa Thiên Ân / Desert Zen Center
10989 Buena Vista Rd., Lucerne Valley, CA 92356-7303

Our address above is a postal address.  The Center is actually located on the north side of Rabbit Springs Rd.; you will find our driveway and signs (including a Buddhist Flag) just east of the horse corrals.

Watch for the Corral signs just to the west of our driveway and DZC signs. 

 

 

From Los Angeles: Mapquest Map and Driving Directions**

  1. Take the I-10, 60, 91, or I-210 Freeway East depending on your location to either the I-15 or the I-215. Go North on I-15 Freeway (or I-215 which turns into the I-15). The I-15 will go up the side of a mountain and through the Cajon Pass. From the Cajon Summit it is about 10 miles to the Bear Valley road exit. You will pass through Hesperia. In the distance you will see some small cone shaped hills. As you get closer you will see a bridge over the highway. This is Bear Valley Road. Take this exit and turn right (East) onto Bear Valley road.
  2. Drive about 12 miles until Bear Valley road dead ends (Tees) into Highway 18. Turn right onto Highway 18.
  3. Drive east about 10 minutes (8 miles approximately). Cross a Dry lake. On the other side of the dry lake is Rabbit Springs Road. Turn Left onto Rabbit Springs Road.
  4. Drive down Rabbit Springs Road about 1/4 mile. There will be a residence, horse corrals and some trees. Turn Left into the entrance to the Center when you see the yellow sign that says Chua Thien An, Desert Zen Center on the Left (north side, toward the hills).

**Warning of technology glitch: Do not believe your GPS if directed to turn Right (south) from Rabbit Springs – (this will take you back across Highway 18 and far away to the opposite side of the valley).

From the South/East (Big Bear or Yucca Valley) : Mapquest Map and Driving Directions**

  • From Big Bear: Take CA-18 north.  Drive 3.3 miles west of the stop light at Barstow Road.  You will pass  Strawberry Peak and an historical marker turn-out on the right/north side of the road.
  • From Yucca Valley: Take CA-247/Old Woman Springs Road westbound.  At Barstow Road, there is a stop sign, where westbound CA-247 becomes CA-18. Continue 3.2 miles westbound.  You will pass  Strawberry Peak and an historical marker turn-out on the right/north side of the road.
  • Turn Right onto Rabbit Springs Road.
  • If you reach the dry lake, you have gone too far west.
  • Drive up Rabbit Springs Road about 1/4 mile. There will be a residence, horse corrals and some trees. Turn Left into the entrance to the Center when you see the Buddhist Flag and our yellow sign that says Chua Thien An, Desert Zen Center  (north side, toward the hills).

**Warning of technology glitch: Make sure you turn on Rabbit Springs; Do not believe your GPS if directed to turn onto Buena Vista from Highway 18: it is undeveloped.  Do not believe your GPS if it tells you to turn right toward the valley (south) from Rabbit Springs – (this will take you back across Highway 18 and far, far away).

Rabbit Springs Road from westbound CA-18.