Local Area Attractions
Calico Ghost Town
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.
Calico Early Man Archaeological Site
Unique in-place museum of Pleistocene archaeology and geology and two master pits where most of the findings were made.
Museums of Interest in Nearby Barstow (6 miles)
- Mojave Valley River Museum is a vast collection of natural and historic treasures.
- Desert Discovery Center has many displays including extinct animal tracks and the Old Woman Meteorite, the 2nd largest meteorite in U.S.
- Western American Railroad Museum preserves history of railroading in the Pacific Southwest, including the massive "dated nails" collection.
- Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum includes a collection of historic photos and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert.
Factory Merchants Outlet Mall
Ninety-five outlet stores plus Tanger Outlet with 24 stores.
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.
Black Mountain Rock Art District
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.
Stoddard Valley Off-Road Vehicle Area
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.