While returning I took a short but fascinating detour to the Zzyzx Desert Studies Center which is shown in this video towards the end as it sits on the western edge of that large dry lake bed south of Baker, CA. I've driven by that Zzyzx exit for my entire life and never took the time to explore the area and am so glad that I finally did. There is a video coming that highlights my visit there.
Zzyzx (/ˈzaɪzɪks/ ZY-ziks), formerly Soda Springs, is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, within the boundaries of the Mojave National Preserve. It is the former site of the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa and now the site of the Desert Studies Center. The site is also the location of Lake Tuendae, originally part of the spa, and now a refuge habitat of the endangered Mohave tui chub.
Interstate 15 exit sign for Zzyzx Road is a 4.5-mile-long (7.2 km), partly paved and part dirt, rural collector road in the Mojave Desert. It runs from Interstate 15 generally south to the Zzyzx settlement.
On the I-15 Freeway about two miles east of Baker, CA looking north into the V-shape dip on the horizon one can detect the tip of Telescope Peak inside Death Valley National Park. Drive back to Baker, then turn north onto Highway 127 and enjoy more views of Telescope Peak as it looms larger on the horizon.