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.
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.
We arrived at the campground with just a few minutes to setup before the sun went down. I was pleased that the campground was mostly empty, and the large campsites were physically spacious and located some distance away from each other.
That night we focused on dinner and building a campfire, which was a bit difficult with a bunch of wet tinder and fuel. Fortunately, the Eagle Scout prevailed any my son and I roasted some march mallows and made some smores. That evening as the cold wet air enveloped us we explored the cosmos with a telescope before falling asleep under a magnificent display. The morning was a bit damp and silent. Only now could I appreciate the beauty and drama located in this campground.
The campground sites within a stand of pinyon pine and juniper trees. Sadly, on June 1st, 2005, lightning strikes started the Hackberry Fire with burned through the campground and 70,736 surrounding acres. Twelve years later, there are still scars within the campground. Long dead and burnt juniper trees juxtapose with new growth provides evidence of the enduring properties of nature.
The campground offers pit toilets, fire rings, tables and ample room. The 5000 ft elevation offers cold nights in the winter months, however would offer some relief from the summers heat. There are no ultilities, hook-ups or potable water. There are 26 campsites, which will cost you are $12 a night and are available on a first come first serve basis.