Mojave Desert Camp Site & Information
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Directions to the Camp Sites we prefer to use.
- Take Interstate-5 to Hwy-223 & follow east thru Arvin and up to
- After dropping down from the Tehachapi Summit (still on Hwy-58), take
the 1st exit to
California City/Mojave & follow
Randsburg Cutoff Rd. across Hwy-14
(now California City Blvd.) to
- Continue on California City Blvd. east, to the 1st stop sign past the pedestrian bridge
& golf courses.
- Turn left on Randsburg-Mojave Rd. & go 1.3 miles.
- Follow the paved road as it bears right and becomes 20 Mule Team Parkway. Go ~5.0
You will pass a prison on your right & a large water tank on your
- Site specific directions are further down...
Site # 1 by the small hills, & Site # 3 on Washburn in front of
the hill with the water tank
To Site # 1 (NOTE: we rarely use
this too-popular site anymore.)
- Turn left on Esse Blvd. (1st of the gravel roads past the water tank) & go 1.3 miles.
- Turn right & follow this road ~1.0 miles (thru a left curve, a
straight, a right curve, and into the next straight) .
- Turn right on NEXT dirt road & camp is at the end of this "cul-de-sac".
To Site # 3 (Our normal camping
GoogleMap with GPS coordinates, <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=35.1886,-117.7805>
- Continue on Twenty-Mule Team Parkway past Esse, Chrysler, &
- Turn RIGHT on Washburn Blvd (street sign is on LEFT side of 20-Mule
it will point you straight towards the hill with the water tank(see
- Follow the curve to the left & we're RIGHT HERE in front of the
hill with the water tank.
(OR ... Turn RIGHT on AL Blvd., take the first
RIGHT on Washburn.)
View of Site # 3's Hill with Water Tank from Washburn Blvd. turn off
View of Site # 3's Hill with Water Tank from Al Blvd. turn off
Camping Information : This
is primitive camping. There are NO water or restroom
facilities where we camp.* You need to bring EVERYTHING with you that
you require, and take it with you when you leave. It can be VERY windy
& cold in the desert at night. Coleman tents from WalMart have
been known to self-destruct with the occupants still inside! Good 3-4
season tents, properly guyed down will work, but can be very noisy in the
wind. There are a few scrub bushes near by to dig a hole & set-up
a potty behind. The experienced desert riders are in trailers &
vans, or have generous friends who do. Some folks share meals &
food, but that's usually pre-arranged BEFORE the trip. Here's the list
of things you should bring;
- Shelter - good 3-4 season tent with proper guying & earplugs,
auto/truck/van, trailer, or motel room.
- Drinking water & hydration system for the trail (100-oz size
recommended for long day loops).
- All food for meals & snacks/meals on the trail.
- Cooking stuff.
- Toilet stuff.
- Clothing for 90-degree days, 20-degree nights, & everything in between.
- "It never rains or snows in the desert!" Julio Hotstuff
Sanchez. Who musta been high on ...
- "Quality Libations".
- Firewood, LOTS of firewood.
- Large garbage bags to collect & haul your stuff away.
- Dirtbike, riding gear, fuel, spare parts, & stuff.
- Monkey-brains fixings for Julio
- Extra gasoline for Hans' midnight pyro rituals.
- More firewood.
*UPDATE: On 20-Mule Team, between Esse & Chrysler is the Borax-Bill Park,
now with restrooms,
showers, (food during the day)& a dumpster. This
is the closest place to leave your garbage bags on the way out.
California City has a couple of grocery stores (with firewood) & gas
stations, but no motels. Mojave is where you will find the closest motels (Motel 6, 661-824-4571,
is 24 miles from camp), but remember your ear plugs as the trains run
10-day Forecast for Edwards AFB
(just a couple of miles south of camp)
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Last updates :
January 16, 2007