Mojave National Preserve Area Campgrounds

Baker, California

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Desert landscapes, volcanic cinder cones, pinyon-juniper woodlands, abandoned mines, Native American rock art, and California’s second highest sand dunes provide almost limitless opportunities for exploration in this 1.4 million-acre preserve. Three of North America’s major deserts—the Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran—come together in the preserve to form a huge transition zone. As in Death Valley to the north, wildlife is abundant if not always visible. Nearly 330 species make their homes here, including coyotes, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and tortoises. Quail, doves, chukar, and larger birds, such as hawks and golden eagles, manage to survive and prosper in the washes and canyons of the preserve. In the spring, the desert hosts a rainbow of wildflowers, while cacti, yuccas, creosote bushes, sagebrush, junipers, pinyon pines, and Joshua trees provide year-round vegetation. The high desert climate tends to the extreme: there is an 85-degree difference between summer highs and winter lows. Daytime summer temperatures range from 70 to 115 degrees F, while winter days average between 40 and 60 degrees F, with temperatures falling to below freezing at night. Precipitation is sparse, with much of what does occur falling as winter snow. However, flash floods can occur at any time of year. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Owl Canyon, Calico Ghost Town, Afton Canyon, Hole-in-the-Wall, Black Canyon, Mid Hills, and Providence Mountain State Recreation Area.
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Camping Southern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

Desert landscapes, volcanic cinder cones, pinyon-juniper woodlands, abandoned mines, Native American rock art, and California’s second highest sand dunes provide almost limitless opportunities for exploration in this 1.4 million-acre preserve. Three of North America’s major deserts—the Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran—come together in the preserve to form a huge transition zone. As in Death Valley to the north, wildlife is abundant if not always visible. Nearly 330 species make their homes here, including coyotes, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and tortoises. Quail, doves, chukar, and larger birds, such as hawks and golden eagles, manage to survive and prosper in the washes and canyons of the preserve. In the spring, the desert hosts a rainbow of wildflowers, while cacti, yuccas, creosote bushes, sagebrush, junipers, pinyon pines, and Joshua trees provide year-round vegetation. The high desert climate tends to the extreme: there is an 85-degree difference between summer highs and winter lows. Daytime summer temperatures range from 70 to 115 degrees F, while winter days average between 40 and 60 degrees F, with temperatures falling to below freezing at night. Precipitation is sparse, with much of what does occur falling as winter snow. However, flash floods can occur at any time of year. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Owl Canyon, Calico Ghost Town, Afton Canyon, Hole-in-the-Wall, Black Canyon, Mid Hills, and Providence Mountain State Recreation Area.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Baker
Campsites: 7 Separate campgrounds
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Mojave National Preserve; California Department of Parks and Recreation
Topo Map: Mojave National Preserve Area Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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5/3/2008

We stayed at the Hole in Wall campground. It was located in a in very a strange but beautiful landscape. There isn't much shade and the wind in the spring can be intense. We went in mid March and the temps during the day could be on the warm side but at night the desert cooled down significantly. The campsites were nice, each had a table, restrooms and water were close. We were able to get around most of the preserve in our two wheeled car. However, it hadn't rained recently so that helped.

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