Corn Springs Campground


The Corn Springs Campground is located deep in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains and is the perfect place for any van lifer looking to get lost in a desert canyon. It is situated adjacent to a stand of California fan palms and an oasis that supports abundant wildlife and is an important stopping place for migratory birds. Wheelchair accessible. 


Corn Springs is a remote destination in the middle of the Southern California desert, a major occupation site of prehistoric Native American Indian groups. The petroglyphs at Corn Springs are among the finest examples of rock art in the Colorado Desert.


Corn Springs Campground is perfect for any van lifer for the opportunity to escape. The campground offers hiking, sightseeing, photography, bird watching, horseback riding, and picnicking.

The Bureau of Land Management has operated the campground since 1968.  Corn Springs Campground has a ½-mile interpretive trail easily hiked in tennis shoes.  

There are nine campsites, including one group site, available with tables, grills, potable water, shade ramadas, and an accessible vaulted toilet.  Two-wheel drive passenger vehicles can reach the campground.

The fee is $6.00 per night, and all campsites are first-come, first-served.


Corn Springs was a site for Native American Indian groups. Their petroglyphs located along the rock walls are examples of rock art that display a wide variety of elements and cover a long time span—the earliest petroglyphs dating as far back as 10,000 years.

Corn Springs was also used by the Chemehuevi Indians who moved into California about 1,100 A.D. These Native American Indians lived in harmony with the desert ecosystem, utilizing many of the native plants.


The campground is located about 10 miles from Interstate 10. Two-wheel-drive passenger vehicles can reach the campground. From Interstate 10, take Exit # 201 onto Chuckwalla Valley Road. Take Chuckwalla Valley Road south to Corn Springs Road. Turn right onto Corn Springs Road and drive 6.8 miles. You will see the sign for Corn Springs Campground in front of the oasis. Turn right into the campground.

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