Hole-in-the-Wall Campground

Mojave National Preserve

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 Hole-in-the-Wall Campground are within the Mojave National Preserve with its many scenic wonders.

  • Visit nearby Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve in the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area for cave tours and nature trails.
  • Hike on the many fascinating trails in the Mojave National Preserve.
  • 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.

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Campground Regulations

  1. Store all food and garbage in a manner that will prevent access by wildlife.
  2. Fires are only permitted in fire rings. Cutting or collecting any wood, including downed wood, is prohibited.
  3. Quiet Hours run from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. No generator use is permitted during quiet hours.
  4. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground is located high in the Mojave National Preserve, a 1.6-million-acre park east of Barstow. The park offers spectacular desert beauty with sand dunes, wildflowers, canyons, and mesas. Visitors to the campground enjoy the surrounding sculptured volcanic rock walls, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground sits at an elevation of 4,400 feet. The campground features 35 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Two walk-in sites are available. For campfires, bring your own firewood since collecting wood is not permitted. Nearby in a separate camping area for equestrians and for group camping: Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground.

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground Basics
Hole-in-the-Wall Campground Location: 20 miles north of Interstate 40 via Essex Road and then Black Canyon Road.
Elevation: 4,400 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Barstow - 123 miles
Los Angeles - 235 miles
Number of Campsites: 35
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by: National Park Service
Mojave National Preserve: (760) 252-6100
Current Road Conditions: (760) 252-6108
or on weekdays, 760 252-6101

Reservations: No reservations available - all campsites are first-come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: No limit
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: Any time

Hole-in-the-Wall Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near Hole-in-the-Wall Campground: Stop by the Hole-in-the-Wal Information Center. Visit nearby Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve in the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area for cave tours and nature trails. Hike the Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail. Explore the Rings Loop Trail which includes an ascent from Banshee Canyon with the help of metal ring handholds. Drive north to Cima Road for Joshua trees, Cima Dome, and Teutonia Peak Trailhead.

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.

Black Canyon Equestrian and Group Campground

Only a short distance from Hole-in-the-Wall Campground and across the road from the Information Center is the Black Canyon Equestrian and Group Campground. The group camp can accommodate up to 50 people. Group camp facilities include vault toilets, potable water, fire rings, and picnic shelters with tables.

The equestrian site has similar amenities along with corrals. The site can accommodate up to 30 people.

Fees: $25 per group
Reservations: (760) 928-2572 or (760) 252-6104

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