General Information & Lodging

Where to Stay?

NTPS does not recommend any specific place to stay, but here is a list of known places in the various local communities. If you want to be close to the school, there are nice motels in MojaveLancaster is a good-sized town 30 minutes from Mojave with plenty of shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Palmdale, 45 minutes away, has the Antelope Valley Mall and movie theaters. Tehachapi is a smaller mountain town 20 minutes away from Mojave without all the amenities of Lancaster, but it does boast a nice climate and nice facilities (movie theater and restaurants). A quick internet search of these locations can reveal all the choices for places to stay.

*Be sure to mention NTPS to receive corporate discount (if applicable).

Mojave Hotel (Formerly Red Roof Inn)
2145 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Motel 6 Mojave
*Corporate Rate
16958 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Best Western Desert Winds
16200 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501

Comfort Inn and Suites
1385 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501

Motel 6 Airport (Formerly Days Inn)
16100 Sierra Hwy
Mojave, CA  93501
America's Best Value Inn
16352 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501
Tehachapi (25 Minutes)
Baymont by Wyndham (formerly La Quinta)
500 E. Stueber Rd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Country Park
420 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Holiday Inn Express Hotel
901 Capital Hills Parkway
Tehachapi, CA  93561
SureStay Hotel (Formally Best Western Mountain Inn)
418 W. Tehachapi Blvd.  
Tehachapi, CA  93561  
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
422 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Tehachapi
1052 Magellan Drive
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Lancaster (30 Minutes)
Comfort Inn & Suites
*Corporate Rate
1825 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Hampton Inn & Suites
2300 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
Oxford Suites
*Corporate Rate
1651 W. Avenue K
Lancaster, CA  93534
Holiday Inn Express
43719 17th Street West
Lancaster, CA  93534
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
*Corporate Rate
1811 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Homewood Suites by Hilton
2320 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
TownePlace Suites 
*Corporate Rate
2024 W Ave J-8
Lancaster, CA  93536
Best Western Plus Desert Poppy Inn
*Corporate Rate
2038 W Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 418-0550
Palmdale (45 Minutes)
Hilton Garden Inn
1309 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Hampton Inn Suites
39428 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA  93551
Best Western John Jay Inn & Suites
600 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Courtyard by Marriott
530 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Residence Inn
514 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
420 West Park Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
DoubleTree by Hilton Palmdale (formally The Palmdale Hotel)
300 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Embassy Suites
39375 5th Street West
Palmdale, CA  93551
incl. breakfast & cocktail hour
Holiday Inn
*Corporate Rate
38630 5th St W
Palmdale, CA 93551


What to Wear?

Generally, summer and winter: casual civilian clothes (lightweight pants/jeans & shirt with a jacket/coat) and/or flight suit with jacket. Winter days can be pretty cold, so bring sweaters, coats during those months. Summer months can be pretty hot as well; so on non-flying days, shorts and shirt are acceptable attire. 

What to Bring?

Calculator, note-taking material, laptop computer (not absolutely required, but some students prefer using their own equipment vs. the community computers at the school's for data analysis, preparing briefings and reports).

For OT&E students, please refer to the OT&E Joining Instructions (PDF) prior to joining. Call for more details.

Miscellaneous Info?

Class begins at 8:00AM on the first day
Mojave has lots of fast food restaurants


There is no public transportation that serves the school area at the times we start.  You will need a vehicle of some sort.

There is a service that provides airport pick-up and drop off to the Lancaster area.

Antelope Express
Call For Reservations
Phone: (661) 947-2529    Tollfree: (800) 251-2529


Mojave Airport Information
Map and Directions - how to get to NTPS in Mojave

 Area Map

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