Afton Canyon Campground

San Bernardino County

Mojave Desert

San Bernardino County
Attractions and Activities

San Bernardino County covers more than 20,000 square miles of mountains, forests, desert, and valleys. Those who set out to explore San Bernardino County have a wide variety of places to investigate. Visitors at Afton Canyon Campground have many exciting desert wonders to explore.

  • Spend a day in Barstow learning about the history of the area as you tour museums.
  • Visit Calico Ghost Town near Barstow.
  • Drive up to Big Bear Lake for fishing, boating, waterskiing, and hiking.
  • Discover the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park, especially in the spring when wildflowers are in full bloom.
  • Visit the interesting Mojave National Preserve.
  • In San Bernardino tour the Fullerton Museum and have a picnic in Seccombe Lake Park.
  • Head out to Barstow and learn about its mining history, tour museum, and shop and dine.
  • In Twentynine Palms play a round of golf.
  • Hike or horseback ride on sections of the famous Pacific Crest Trail.
  • At Morongo Valley try birdwatching and viewing other wildlife. Or drop into a casino.
  • At Silverwood Lake rent a boat and cruise around the shoreline or head out waterskiing.

Key Afton Canyon Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in fire rings.
  2. Quiet Hours run from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  4. Pack out all of your trash.

Afton Canyon Campground

Afton Canyon Campground is in the Mojave Desert off Interstate 15, forty-three miles east of Barstow. This spartan campground is along one of the few places where water flows most of the year in the Mojave River. The river has carved out a miniature Grand Canyon with sculptured 300-foot cliffs of multiple colors. The green habitat along the river attracts an abundance of wildlife. Besides wildlife watching, the area is popular for horseback riding, photography, star-gazing, hiking, and rockhounding.

Afton Canyon Campground consists of 22 primitive campsites for tents, RVs and trailers. Each site has a picnic table and fire grill. Pit toilets are nearby. Piped water is sometimes available, but campers are advised to bring their own. For those who want a fire, include firewood among your supplies. Trash must be packed out. At times the dirt road leading into the campground may require a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle. Occasional trains pass through the canyon.

Afton Canyon Campground Basics
Afton Canyon Campground Location: 3½ miles south on Afton Canyon Road off I-15, forty-three miles east of Barstow.
Elevation: 1,415 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Barstow - 46 miles
Los Angeles - 155 miles
Las Vegas, NV - 123 miles
Number of Campsites: 22
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by: Bureau of Land Management
BLM Barstow Office: (760) 252-6000

Reservations: No reservations available - all campsites are first-come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $6 per night
Check-in, check-out: Any time

Afton Canyon Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings
Campground: Pit toilets, sometimes piped water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Afton Canyon Campground: Explore Afton Canyon, watching for raptors and other wildlife. Find many nearby off-road vehicle areas. Experienced desert travelers, investigate the Cady Mountains by 4-wheel vehicle or on foot. Experienced desert travelers, hike to the summit of Cady Peak. Enjoy all the attractions in Calico Ghost Town near Barstow. Spot the world's tallest thermometer in Baker along I-15.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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