About 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, along the I-15 en-route to Vegas, you'll pass through the sleepy inland town of Victorville, California. If you don't exit the highway, you'll completely miss the main attraction: the aircraft boneyard at Southern California Logistics Airport.
As you first pull up to the airport, you'll see 747s near and far, such as this superjumbo parked feet away from an employee lot.
Some planes remain in excellent condition, such as this former Singapore 747.
A second Singapore 747 sits in the hot desert sun. Most of its livery has been removed, but you can still make out part of the tail insignia along with the signature pinstripe.
This extended-range freighter, once leased by Jade Cargo, was built in 2007, so it'll probably fly once again.
Air New Zealand plans to operate its final long-haul 747 flight this year, with select aircraft serving regional destinations before being sold or scrapped, like this unfortunate 747-400.
More than a half dozen Qantas 747s dot the horizon at VCV. The signature kangaroo has been painted over, but you can still make it out if you look closely.
The hot, dry conditions in the Mojave Desert provide an excellent environment for aircraft storage. The airport's "boneyard" is located miles away from the entrance, accessible only by dirt road.
Here you'll find 747s in various states of disrepair, such as this British Airways 747-400 that's missing all four engines.
At first glance, the aircraft's fuselage appears to be intact, but as you move to the wing, you can see this 747 is in no condition to fly, perhaps ever again.
This Air China 747 still retains its engine cowlings, but if you look closely, you'll notice that the fans and turbines have been removed, likely scrapped or used to repair aircraft still flying today.
Here you can clearly see the 747's missing engines, along with fully extended flaps. The flaps would have only been extended this far for short-field takeoffs and landings, but now they're used to keep the plane grounded in the occasionally windy desert.
From the rear, you can clearly see this 747's fully extended flaps. It's unclear if the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), located behind the round hold in the center of the fuselage, has been removed.
The only Cathay Pacific markings that remain on this 747 cover the rudder, at the rear of the tail. The engines and APU (behind the open doors at the aircraft's rear) have been removed.
This Evergreen International 747 is one of VCV's newest residents, having arrived in December 2013. It's reportedly carried everything from electronics to elephants during its 20-year career.
Joshua trees, such as this one seen here, can be found throughout the Mojave Desert. A British Airways 747, FedEx DC-10 and a pair of Cathay Pacific 747s can be seen in the distance.
You can get very close to the 747s parked at Victorville, but a barbed-wire fence keeps trespassers at bay.
Victorville's 747s are missing a variety of parts. This aircraft's nose cone has been removed, exposing the former location of the plane's weather radar.
You might spot the Orient Thai 747 in the distance, missing its cockpit (which is located on the second deck of each 747). The airline still flies jumbos on charter flights, and operates smaller planes on routes within Thailand.
This Cathay Pacific 747, with windows covered to protect the interior from the harsh sun, appears to be partially intact, though it's unclear whether the complete engines remain.
Two China Airlines Cargo 747s sit away from permanently grounded planes in the boneyard. With the engines covered, it's likely that this pair will one day fly again.
Based on its apparent condition, this Cathay Pacific 747 won't ever fly again. Even if aircraft parked at VCV remain in good condition, it can take months of repairs, cleaning and testing before a plane can be recalled from storage.
Here you can make out more than a dozen 747 tails. Unable to fly, most of these particular aircraft will remain at Victorville indefinitely.
The two China Airlines Cargo 747s we spotted earlier can be seen here once again. Sealed engines and closed doors keep sand and debris away from critical components.
As you drive away, you can get a feeling for the sprawling airport campus. Victorville's grounds are large enough to accommodate thousands of planes parked nose to tail, though there are only a few hundred on the ground today.