San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County

Camping

Afton Canyon Campground

Afton Canyon is one of the hidden gems for spring and fall camping in the Mojave desert and perfect for any van or RV nomad looking to spend time in the desert.

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Exploring

Amboy Crater

Amboy Crater is located off Route 66 in the middle of the Mojave desert in one of the youngest volcanic fields in the United States. The crater is 250 feet high and 1,500 feet in diameter. The hike from the trailhead to the craters is approximately a 3-mile round trip. The trailhead offers parking, picnic tables, restroom facilities, and an overlook for viewing the crater.

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Paragliding

Andy Jackson Airpark

If you are looking to soar among the clouds, then paragliding or hang gliding at Andy Jackson Airpark (AJX) might be for you. AJX is the center of operations for the Crestline Soaring Society flying club. It includes parking, glider storage, portable toilets, a landing zone, and training hills for hang gliding and paragliding.

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Exploring

Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town is a unique spot for any van lifer wishing to visit and explore a relic of the past. The ghost town was founded in 1881 and is a former silver mining town that has been converted into a county park. There is a lot to do in Calico to include learning about the town’s unique history, shop, enjoy their restaurants, hike, and camp.

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Off-Roading

Dumont Dunes

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area is located in the middle of nowhere and a perfect place for van and RV nomads who love off-roading. The main activity here is off-roading on the dune. The dunes here have big bowls, steep climbs, and flowing transitions perfect for the hardcore off-road enthusiast.

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Hiking

Indian Canyons

Indian Canyons makes a wonderful adventure for any van or RV nomad who wants to hike and learn more about the Indian culture surrounding Palm Springs. It’s comprised of Palm, Andreas, and Murry Canyons. Each canyon offers trails that take you back into these vast canyons with their towering walls. During the winter and spring months, the river will be flowing, and the wildlife will be on display.

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National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Besides a visit to the beach, a visit to Joshua Tree National Park is a must for any van or RV nomad exploring Southern California. The park offers excellent adventures to include camping, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing, and great geologic features that add to the wonder of this vast wilderness.

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Exploring

Kelso Sand Dunes

The Kelso Sand Dunes are a great place for any van or RV nomad to visit who wants to explore the vast Mojave desert. They are the largest dunes in the Mojave Desert and are protected by the Mojave National Preserve.  What makes these dunes different from others in the area is that no ATVs and motorcycles are allowed on the dunes. This means peace.

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Exploring

Mojave Memorial Cross

If you are interested in visiting a place that has a turbulent legal history, then the Mojave Memorial Cross is a trip for you. Officially known as the White Cross World War I Memorial, it’s a cross formerly located on public land in the Mojave desert erected in 1934. It was built to honor those killed in war and now resides on land owned by a veterans group after lengthy legal battles.

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Town

Pioneer Town

If you are looking to experience a small bit of western Hollywood history, a Pioneer Town visit is worth the trip. The town reminds me of Tombstone, Arizona, with its main street surrounded on each side by authentic-looking western old-time stores. A few tourist shops, a bar, a hotel, and a few restaurants.

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Hiking

Tahquitz Canyon

Tahquitz Canyon a great quick getaway in Palm Springs. The canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a spectacular 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants. Located at the canyon entrance, the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center offers educational and cultural exhibits, displays of artifacts, an observation deck, and a theater room for viewing.

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Exploring

Zzyzx Road

Zzyzx Road is a great out-of-the-ordinary adventure for any van or RV nomad driving to/from Las Vegas. ZZYZX is just west of Baker California on I-15 and is an old resort called Soda Springs. The resort is long gone, but remnants of it are still here and fun to explore. The California University System also has its Mojave Research Center here too, but that is closed to the public.

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