Camping Under the Stars & Brilliant Sunsets

Several campgrounds around Barstow offer opportunities for hiking, off-road riding, and wildlife sightings.

If you haven’t witnessed a Mojave Desert sunset in the fall while toasting marshmallows or hiked the gorgeous Sawtooth Canyon, then you are missing out my friend!

Gorgeous sunsets boast brilliant oranges, yellows, reds, and even shades of purple in the later parts of the year. These 3 BLM camping areas are a definite must visit for any lover of the outdoors. Campground is first-come, first-served and cost $6.00 per night fee. Each have designated sites with picnic tables and fire rings, with the exception of Sawtooth (formerly New Jack City).

 

Located adjacent to Rainbow Basin so it’s perfect for anyone seeking wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities. It has outstanding views with geological and paleontological features. Keep in mind that permits are needed to remove any fossils. Activities include hiking, camping, photography, sightseeing, and horseback riding.

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This is one of  few places where the Mojave River flows above ground making Afton an ideal location for bird and wildlife viewing. The area is ideal for hiking, hunting, camping, nature study, rock hounding, horseback riding, and vehicle touring.  Since the campground is recessed into the canyon and shielded from light it is a popular destination for star-gazing. Check local weather forecasts before visiting the area.  Tell a friend or neighbor where you are going and when to expect your return. Bring sufficient water, food, clothing, tools, and first aid supplies for your activity.

Trail Map

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  • Sawtooth Canyon

Popular for off-roaders and hikers, this campsite is near the Stoddard Wells OHV and Slash X Ranch Cafe. There are 15 sites on concrete slabs that offer picnic tables¸ shade ramadas¸ fire pits¸and bbqs. A vault toilet is provided. No water however.

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Remember, there are dangers out there! Flash flooding, getting lost, or becoming injured are all possibilities. Tell a friend or neighbor where you are going and when to expect your return. Bring sufficient water, food, clothing, tools, and first aid supplies for your activity.