Mid Hills Campground, Mojave National Preserve

Located in deep in the heart of the Mojave National Preserve there is an abundance of campsites to suit everyone.  The Mid Hills campground was an after thought on a recent trip in March, 2018, however the location and charm of this spot make it a new favorite destination.

Mid Hills Campsite in the Mojave National Preserve March 2018 after a rainstorm.

Mid Hills Campsite in the Mojave National Preserve March 2018 after a rainstorm.

In March 2018, I decided to take my son on our first father and son camping trip, just the boys.  We scoured maps and picked destinations and points of interest.  He was very excited to hike the Ring Trail and we opted over-night at Hole in the Wall campground.

I picked him up from school with the Jeep loaded and we drove down Nipton Road deep into the isolated areas of the Mojave.  We arrived at Hole in the Wall campground and with the sun starting to set discovered that the campground was full of motor homes and jeepers.  No place to camp.  We opted for ‘Plan B’ and headed north.

 

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Camp Phallus – New York Mountains

Located in Caruther’s Canyons of the New York Mountains, Camp Phallus is named for a “unique” rock formation visible from the campsite.  This is a primitive site, no posted sights, just a series of short trails to isolated sites, each of which can support several vehicles.

A beautiful place to camp and it offers cooler temperatures during to summer months due to its 5500 ft of elevation.

Camping in Camp Phalus - New York Mountains

Camping in Camp Phalus – New York Mountains

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Afton Canyon Campground

Called the Grand Canyon of California, Afton Canyon and the Afton Canyon Campground offer amazing access to the Old Mojave Road, surroundings areas and an excellent spot for astronomers to view the night sky.

Afton Canyon Campground is in the heart of the Mojave at 1640 feet in elevation and  is a great place for birding and wildlife due to close proximity to the Mojave River which is briefly above ground in this area.

Afton Canyon Campground, Mojave, CA

Afton Canyon Campground, Mojave, CA

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Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley is a state park located in Utah.

A Goblin formed from a soft limestone, water and time offer a unique hiking experience. Photograph by James L Rathbun

A Goblin formed from a soft limestone, water and time offer a unique hiking experience. Photograph by James L Rathbun

 

Formed by water, time and a soft sandstone, erosion sculpted the limestone into unique rock formations which some have stated appears to be goblins.  Goblin Valley itself is a day use hiking area which allows one to get lost in the maze of spires and rock formations.

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