The Robber's Roost formation is located in the foothills of the Scodie Mountains
(see Kiavah Wilderness)
of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in the North Mojave Desert. The formation overlooks the
Indian Wells Valley
Outlaws were known to use the formation as a lookout for
that were moving south toward Los Angeles and the
or west through
toward the San Joaquin Valley. Stagecoaches along this route often carried
gold, silver and other valuables from the local mines.
was most notorious outlaw to benefit from the use of Robber's Roost for ambush.