Camping in Mojave National Preserve is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime for
visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Developed campgrounds
are ideal for families and groups, while roadside camping areas and nearly
700,000 acres of wilderness offer more primitive camping opportunities.
Two developed family campgrounds are available year-round at Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall.
Pit toilets, trash and recycling receptacles, potable water. Fire rings and picnic tables at each site. No utility hookups. Dump station available at Hole-in-the-Wall Campground, only.
Fees & Reservations
$12 per site per night, $6 for America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass holders. Reservations not accepted; campsites available on a first-come, first- served basis.
Although not allowed inside information centers, pets are welcome elsewhere. They must be leashed and never left unattended. Dogs used during hunting activities must be under the owner’s control at all times. Pet excrement must be collected and disposed of in garbage receptacles.
Firewood & Campfires
Wood is scarce in the desert. Cutting or collecting any wood, including downed wood, is prohibited.
All firewood, including kindling, must be brought in. Firewood might be available for purchase at Baker, Fenner, Needles or Nipton, Calif. Campfires are allowed in campground fire rings and other established sites. To minimize your impact, use a firepan and pack out the ashes. Please do not leave fires smoldering or unattended.
Store all food in a manner that will prevent access by wildlife. Garbage and foodscraps must be
placed in provided trash receptacles. Bury (or pack out) human waste in catholes 6–8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Pack out all toilet paper and hygiene products.
Maximum of 8 people with 2 vehicles (including a camping unit—i.e. trailer, motor home, converted van, etc.) per site. Stays limited to maximum of 14 consecutive days per visit/stay and 30 total days per year. Quiet hours: 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. Generator use prohibited during quiet hours.
Hunting and Firearms
Hunting is permitted in accordance with state regulations. All hunting activities require a license; additional permits and tags might apply. Visit the California Department of Fish & Wildlife website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ for more information.
Target shooting or “plinking” is prohibited. (you might hit someone). All firearms transported within the preserve must be unloaded, cased, and broken down, except during lawful hunting activities. No shooting is permitted within 1/2 mile of developed areas, including campgrounds, information centers, Kelso Dunes, Fort Piute, Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center, and the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx.
Public telephones are available at Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center and Hole-in-the-Wall Fire Center (located across Black Canyon Road).
Other Camping Options
Roadside vehicle camping is permitted in areas that have been traditionally used for this purpose: sites with existing rock or metal fire rings should be considered suitable for roadside camping. Do not camp along paved roads, in day-use areas, on private property, or within 1/4 mile of any water source or cultural site.
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
CLOSED January—October 2011. Due to necessary repairs and renovations, no pedestrian or vehicle traffic is permitted. Campsites must be at least 1/2 mile from developed areas and roads and 1/4 mile from any water source. There is no permit or registration system, so be sure to notify others of your travel itinerary. For more information, contact Silverwood Sector office at 760 389-2281.