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Afton Canyon Campground California

Afton Canyon Overview

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Afton Canyon Campground (BLM managed) has 19 campsites and is located in the Mojave National Preserve about 35 miles north of Barstow.  Known as “The Grand Canyon of the Mojave”, Afton Canyon is home to some spectacular geological formations, canyons, slot canyons and historic sites. This is the only place where the Mojave River flows above ground (year-round) and provides riparian wildlife habitat.  There are also a number of historic sites, old mines and slot canyons you can explore.

Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs. There is also 1 group campsites. The campground also has drinking water and vault toilets. Each campsite also has a table, shade structure, fire ring and grate.

Area Recreation & Activities

The area offers a variety of outdoor recreation where you can have fun hiking, biking, rock-hounding, wildlife viewing and exploring the designated roads in/on your street legal vehicle.This area provides access for staging OHV and 4X4 vehicle touring into the adjacent area of the Mojave Trails National Monument (MTNM). This area also provides access for staging OHV and 4X4 vehicle touring into the adjacent area of the Mojave Trails National Monument (MTNM). You can read more about OHV areas/access on the BLM Afton Canyon website.

Hole-In-The-Wall and Mid Hills are two other campgrounds in the Mojave National Preserve. You may also be interested in Owl Canyon Campground or Sawtooth Canyon Campground.


First Come, First Served

  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • ATV
  • Biking
  • Caves
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Prospecting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sand Dunes
  • Stargazing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Afton Road
Barstow, California 92311

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Best Campsites

10, 11, 12, 13

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
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Afton Canyon Comments & Reviews

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One Comment on “Afton Canyon”

  1. JOSEPH R DE KEHOE says:

    The campground is well constructed with pit toilets, grills, fire pits, and picnic tables but when we were there it looked like it had not been cleaned in quite a while. All of the trash bins were overflowing to the point where folks had left their trash at the side of the bins. Lots of litter around. This place really needs a more diligent management.

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