Owl Canyon Campground

Mojave Desert, California

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Owl Canyon Campground


  • Welcome to Owl Canyon Campground.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • View of the surrounding Rainbow Basin.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Typical view from the campground.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Each site is open but well-equipped.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Water supply is limited. Bring your own.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • A standard campsite set up.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • A green rock sits prominently in the campground.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • There are three playgrounds, too!- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Adult-sized monkey bars are fun for all.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Even the kids can get ready for off-road adventures here.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • There's plenty of room for campers to spread out here.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Joshua tree near one of the sites.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • Spring blooms make the campground even more inviting.- Owl Canyon Campground
  • The only campsite without a sun shade.- Owl Canyon Campground
Overview + Weather
Remote-feeling campground.
Rough gravel road access.
Mojave Desert, CA
Managed by: 
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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The simple but newly renovated Owl Canyon Campground is a beautiful place for minimalists to enjoy a night or two sleeping out under the big sky. Located just a half hour away from the nearest city, you'll feel worlds away in this secluded BLM campground.

Each of the 30 campsites provides space for RV or tent campers, including a picnic table, sun shade, fire pit, grill, and panoramic views of the Rainbow Basin. The sites are spread out among three main loops, each with its own playground and pit toilet. There is potable water at the campground, but it is limited, so arrive prepared with your own water supply. Pack in any firewood you'll need, too.

Nearby activities include the Rainbow Basin Scenic Drive and Owl Canyon Hike. The trailhead for Owl Canyon is located right in the campground. Opportunities for off-trail hiking and photography are endless. Practice Leave No Trace principles in this fragile desert environment. Collecting fossils is prohibited, so take a photo and leave what you find for the next visitor to discover.

At only $6 a night, this campground is a real gem. It is best enjoyed in spring and fall when the temperatures are a bit more moderate. Summer can be extremely hot, dry and exposed. Winter can bring snow and frigid conditions. But if you're prepared, Owl Canyon Campground can be just the right place to visit any time of year.

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