Camping – Apr 30-May 2

Location: Mojave Desert – 35°05’52.6″N 116°27’02.7″W

42mi from Barstow, CA and 30mi from Baker, CA


From the I-15, exit Afton Rd

Head North off the exit, towards the abandoned “Ron Paul rEVOLution” mini market and turn left to go down Powerline Rd

Powerline Rd will turn right when it turns into a gravel road. Drive 3mi until there is a small mountain on your left and a small dry lake on your right.

Drive across the small lake bed and there will be a small hill (~10ft tall) on the other side. Camp spot is just on the other side of that hill.

View from the hill:

4 Wheel Drive vehicles recommended. The gravel road is not reliably maintained. We have had issues with sedans getting stuck on the road before.

What you need to bring

Everything. This is not a campground. It’s open desert. Nothing is being provided for you.

Recommend you bring: something to sit on, something to sleep on, shade, food & drink, dishes, TP & shovel, firewood.

This is BLM land so OK to bring firearms for target shooting.

Closest restrooms are a 30min drive to Baker. Plan accordingly.

Tents aren’t really necessary unless you want privacy or a place to get out of the sun. There are no flying insects and minimal wildlife. I typically forego the tent and sleep on a cot under the stars unless the weather calls for rain.

Weather this time of year is typically 80s during the day and 50s at night. Search “Baker, CA” on your weather app for forecasts.

What will be there

A fire pit w/ cooking grate (maybe 2 if more people go)

Maybe some pop-ups for shade

Designated shooting area

Limited internet service. Depending on your phone/carrier, you will probably get cell service. It’s not far from the towers along the 15.