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A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert

09.18.17

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A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert

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  • Each site is open but well-equipped at the Owl Canyon Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Lake Havasu State Park Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Black Rock Canyon Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Typical campsite at Indian Cove Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Night campfire at Jumbo Rocks Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Typical campsite at Belle Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • There is space for tents and RVs alike at Hole-in-the-Wall Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Yucca and other desert shrubs dot the expansive landscape around the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Hidden Valley Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Camping at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree National Park.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Group campsite at Sheep Pass Group Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • View southeast from the Twin Tanks Backcountry Campsites.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  •  Twin Tanks Backcountry Campsite.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Typical campsite at White Tank Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Tent cabins at Panamint Springs.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Tent camping at Mesquite Spring Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Stovepipe Wells Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Fiddlers Campground- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Tent camping at Burro Creek.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Campground at the foot of Burro Creek bridge.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Desert surrounds Ricardo Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Ricardo Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Joshua Trees in Ricardo Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Fossil Falls Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Fossil Falls Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Atlatl Rock Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Atlatl Rock Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • The area has many flat and scenic areas that are suitable for camping.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Whitney Pockets Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Red Rock Campground.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
  • Red Rock Campground with a Joshua Tree.- A Guide to Camping in the Mojave Desert
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The Mojave Desert spans from Southern California to corners of Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, encompassing about 50,000 square miles across the Southwest. It is home to about 2,000 native plant species, the most clearly recognizable of which is the Joshua tree. If you aren't sure if you are still in the Mojave or not, look for the presence of these quirky plants. They are a tell tale sign you are in the Mojave.

You have a few options when it comes to camping in the Mojave Desert, which includes Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, and the Colorado Desert, among other points of interest.

Fully supported campgrounds, dispersed roadside camping, and backcountry sites are all options in the Mojave Desert. A few best practices to keep in mind are water consumption, Leave No Trace principles, setting up camp on durable surfaces, and packing out all your trash. For more on Mojave-specific LNT tenants, click here.  Even if you are used to dispersed or backcountry camping, you may want to opt for supported campgrounds just to have a reliable water source.

Here’s a list of Mojave Desert Camping options by region:

Joshua Tree National Park:

Death Valley National Park:

Mojave National Preserve:

Other California Sites:

Las Vegas Area:

Western Arizona:

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