Mojave National Preserve – More Desert Camping

Early Saturday, we left our campsite on the BLM land south of Joshua Tree National Park and we started our long trip back to Santa Cruz. Our next stop is 114 miles away at the Mojave National Preserve.

We headed north and drove through Joshua Tree National Park one last time the took Amboy Road out into the wide open desert. Nothing to see for miles except many small abandoned houses and lots of dirt roads.  After a couple hours of driving we made it to old Route 66.

Route 66

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle on Route 66 near at the intersection of Amboy Road

Route 66 near at the intersection of Amboy Road

We pulled off Route 66 to get a couple pictures. This was the second time we traveled Route 66 in the RV; the last time was two years ago on our trip to Las Vegas.

We stopped in the nearly abandoned town of Amboy to visit Roy’s Motel and Cafe. The place was shut down a long time ago and the motel lobby looked like a time capsule from the 1960s with all of the dated furnishings.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle at Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy California on Route 66

After a short 6 mile drive, we turned off Route 66 and headed north on Kelbaker Road towards our destination.

Mojave National Preserve

We entered the Mojave National Preserve and missed the turn off to the campsite because the road looked like an abandoned dirt road. After a quick U-turn we made it back to the turn off and slowly drove down the rugged road to the cluster of boulders. We were rewarded by a beautiful and private BLM campsite. The BLM web page says the campground has four RV sites but realistically there was only space for two small RVs. Three hours later, Mary and David arrived after they spent the day enjoying the sites in Joshua Tree National Park.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle in the Mojave National Preserve BLM Camping off Kelbaker Road

Sunset

We were treated to a most beautiful sunset with no one within miles of us. This is a wonderful piece of heaven.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle at Sunset in the Mojave National Preserve BLM Campsite off Kelbaker Road

Sunset in the Mojave National Preserve BLM Campsite off Kelbaker Road

David taking a break from cooking dinner

After dinner we sat around our super warm propane outdoor fire pit. I lit up the rocks with my super cheesy LED stage light.

Brian Holle and Gianna Holle at the Campfire in the Mojave National Preserve BLM Campsite off Kelbaker Road

The next morning we woke up early and headed to the final campsite on our trip, over by Lake Isabella.

What we learned

  • We would never have found this wonderful place if it wasn’t for our favorite campground app: Ultimate US Public Campgrounds
  • The best part of our trip to Joshua Tree and Mojave was spending the time with good friends.

Date Visited

January 15, 2016

GPS Coordinates

34.745546, -115.652009

2 Comments

  1. Neighbor J

    Looks like lots of fun. Those LED lights make that rock look good!

    Reply
    1. Brian Holle (Post author)

      That entire trip was a blast. We wish you could have joined us at Rincon and the other places too.

      Reply

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