Mid Hills Campground

Barstow, California

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The East Mojave isn’t half as wild and woolly today as it was in 1826 when Jedediah Smith came through with a pack of angry Mojave Native Americans on his trail. Ambushed crossing the Colorado River, Smith lost half his trading party to Mojave war clubs before he forted up in a thicket of cottonwoods. With only five Kentucky rifles, Smith and his mountain men discouraged the Mojaves enough with pinpoint rifle fire to escape and run for their lives across the East Mojave Desert.

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"The East Mojave isn’t half as wild and woolly today as it was in 1826 when Jedediah Smith came through with a pack of angry Mojave Native Americans on his trail. Ambushed crossing the Colorado River, Smith lost half his trading party to Mojave war clubs before he forted up in a thicket of cottonwoods. With only five Kentucky rifles, Smith and his mountain men discouraged the Mojaves enough with pinpoint rifle fire to escape and run for their lives across the East Mojave Desert."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Barstow
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mojave National Preserve
Driving Directions: Directions to Mid Hills Campground

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May 2018