Mojave National Preserve
I left Death Valley via highway 178 and Jubilee Pass where there were quite
a few blankets of wildflowers. Then took highway 127 down to interstate 15
towards Vegas for a few miles before hopping on Cima Road into the Mojave
I was pleasantly surprised by Mojave. About halfway into the park, I cut
off the paved road and up into the mountains on Cedar Canyon Road and then took
the Wildhorse Canyon loop to the Mid Hills area. It was great.
In a short while I had climbed to a relatively wooded area. I stopped
at the Mid Hills campground, but decided to boondock to save the money.
A few hundred yards from the campground was a small dirt road loop
with some very nice shaded camp areas with views. It was really nice.
The area was covered with fresh animal tracks. It was like there was
a small herd of deer in the area that were traversing back and forth
to some of the creeks in the area (yes there was fresh running water!)
right around the campground. And there were several cat signs and
tons of rabbits.
I went for a short hike that evening, and then it started to
rain, so I snuggled up in the van. Good thing. It rained
and hailed hard that night, for about 14 hours in a row. Plus
it got cold.
I had left the camp chairs outside, and they filled with water
and froze. There was a quarter inch of ice on them in the morning,
so it must have been below freezing for many hours. However, I
was snug and warm in the Van, with the heater keeping me warm
thru the night, and when I woke up the next morning, it had
cleared, and was beautiful, if a bit chilly, for a morning
I really enjoyed this area. As I drove out thru the very scenic
Wildhorse Canyon, I decided I'd come back and camp here again.
The temperatures in this little mountain range probably stay manageable
well into the summer.