Mojave National Preserve is a camper’s paradise. Developed campgrounds, primitive camping, and backpacking offer opportunities for individuals and groups of diverse ages, interests, and skills. Careful planning and knowledge of camping guidelines and regulations will help ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for you, future visitors, and the fragile desert environment.
The Hole-in-the-Wall Campground is very popular during the spring and fall. This campground can reach capacity on Fridays and Saturdays during the busy season. Camping is first-come, first-served. There is no advanced reservations for this campground.
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Two developed, "family" campgrounds—the Mid Hills Campground and Hole-in-the-Wall Campground—are available year-round, equipped with vault toilets, trash receptacles, fire rings and picnic tables. Click here to learn more about our developed campgrounds.
Groups size limits are in place for camping in campgrounds or in the backcountry. The Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground, however, can accomodate most groups of 15 to 50, while permits may be required for backcountry use. Click here to learn more about group camping and reservations.
Primitive vehicle camping is permitted in areas that have been traditionally used for this purpose. By reusing existing sites, you help protect the desert from further damage. Click here to learn more about primitive camping.
Backpackers will enjoy sweeping views, solitude, nearly 700,000 acres of designated wilderness, and a truly dark nighttime canopy of countless stars. Click here to learn more about backpacking.
Camping with Horses
Horses (and their riders) are welcome at Mojave National Preserve! Enjoy the Black Canyon Equestrian & Group Campground, or head-out into open country. Click here to learn more about equestrian camping.