Camping in Mojave National Preserve is an enjoyable and rewarding pastime for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Developed campgrounds are ideal for families and groups, while previously used undeveloped camping areas and nearly 700,000 acres of wilderness offer more wild camping experience. All campgrounds are first come first serve with the exception of the group campsites which require a reservation. Cashless payments can be made via Pay.Gov Make sure you understand that these payments do not secure or reserve a site. Public Wi-fi is available at Hole in the Wall Visitor Center.
Developed or Designated Camping Sites
If you're looking for a designated camping spot with 2WD vehicle access, that has an available restroom and other facilities nearby, one of the three developed campgrounds, Mid Hills, Hole-in-the-Wall, and Black Canyon is your best choice. These three campgrounds are open year round. (Be sure to check the main alerts or road conditions page to make sure snow or monsoon floods haven't affected road access). These site are equipped with vault toilets, trash receptacles, fire rings and picnic tables, each site at Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall can accommodate 1 to 8 people. Water is available at Hole in the Wall and Black Canyon Group Site, while water needs to be hauled in at Mid Hills. Potable water for filling bottles and camping jugs is available for all overnight and day use visitors at the Hole in the Wall Visitor center and Kelso Depot Parking Area. Spigots in the preserve are not set up for filling RV water tanks.
Average Weather at the Developed Campgrounds
Horses and riders are welcome in Mojave National Preserve! Horses and/or other pack animals (llamas and mules) are permitted on all trails, backcountry roads, and open country (including wilderness areas) within the preserve.
Developed camping facilities are available at the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground. Backcountry users should familiarize themselves with guidelines and regulations for backcountry travel and camping, as well as the following:
Horse rentals are unavailable in the preserve. So, bring your own horse (B.Y.O.H.).
Backpackers will enjoy sweeping views, solitude, nearly 700,000 acres of designated wilderness, and a truly dark nighttime canopy of countless stars. There is rarely naturally occuring water in the preserve, so prepare to carry all your own water or create an itinerary that stops by either park sources at Hole-in-the-Wall or Kelso Depot.
Camping outside of developed campgrounds takes extra skill in route-finding, handling unimproved roads, planning ahead, and attention to the Leave No Trace principles to protect the wildness of Mojave National Preserve backcountry. The follwing rules and guidelines apply:
Last updated: November 10, 2023