Afton Canyon Campground

BLM

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Afton Road
Baker, CA 92309
760-252-6000
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GPS: 35.0379, -116.3842

Last Price Paid: $12
Number of Sites: 22
Elevation: 1421 ft
Tent Camping: Yes
2 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 15
“Nice BLM-administered campground, great place for sightseeing, hiking and train-watching”

Reviewed Sep 12, 2015

Overall Rating

Been there a couple of times, great stopping place if you are going to the Mojave NP from further West. Somewhat rocky/tricky dirt road to reach the campground from the highway, but totaly manageable (at least in the rented 24ft Class C we were with at the time).

No hookups and no dump station, only a water fawcett near the entrance (didn't check to see whether there was water in it), a couple of vault toilets and some trash cans. Sites are on dirt ground, level, spacious and with some separation (ie, not a parking lot), and provided with a concrete picnic table/shade and iron fire ring.

The best are the hikes and the sights around, specially train watching: a well-used railroad goes by near the campground (noise didn't bother us at night), and crosses over a frequently wet section of the famous endorreic Mojave River (means it doesn't go to the Sea).

The 4wd historic Mojave Road also goes by the campground (actually its West terminus is quite near) and runs into the Canyon proper, where there are also some great hikes to be had.

The night sky is very dark and clear, good if you are into stargazing like us.

Overall a nice and quiet place, unless it's been invaded by an ATV gang set on tearing up the place like it happened to us the third time we went there, despite the very visible sight by the entrance telling such activities are prohibited at and around the campground and redirecting all ATVers to nearby Rasor area. We left the same day.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • group sites
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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