Old silver mining town built in 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. It is now one of a few original Old West mining camps and consists of at least one-third original structures; the remaining buildings are consistent in representing reconstruction of the Old West. A fun place for the whole family located only 3 miles from the park.
A beautiful national natural landmark located just 12 miles from us. Though access is unpaved much of the way, it is an easy drive to the Rainbow Basin Loop, an area of multi-colored rock formations and scenic canyons.
Afton Canyon is one of the few places where the Mojave River flows above ground, making it an ideal location for bird and wildlife viewing. It is designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern in order to protect the habitat and preserve its scenic values. Of historical interest, early explorers passing through this area include Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson and John Charles Fremont. This area is ideal for hiking, hunting, camping, nature study, rock hounding, and vehicle touring.
This area contains an extensive concentration of petroglyphs, put here by Native Americans over the past 12,000 years. The greatest number of these petroglyphs can be seen in Inscription Canyon, where they number more than 1,000. This area has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is protected by federal law.
About 10 miles outside of Barstow the Stoddard Valley Off-Road Vehicle Area is a popular playground for those experienced riders who enjoy the challenge of difficult off-roading. The Acky-Breaky is representative of the rocky trails found here and is a part of the Memorial Day High Desert Roundup sponsored by California Ass'n of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs which attracts hundreds of RVers.