*YouTube time marks:
South End 0:14
Afton Canyon Campground 3:39
Afton Canyon 5:53
This modern imaging video features picturesque desert scenery found at the Mojave Trails National Monument in southern California. This is a recently created national park and this video provides an inkling about what lies in store. The boundaries are intertwined with the Mojave National Preserve and a very fulfilling vacation can be planned around these two unique destinations.
The Mojave Trails National Monument protects and preserves a large portion of the ancient native trails that run from the Colorado River throughout the entire Mojave Desert. The main BLM office is in Amboy next to the Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark. The south end of Mojave Trails can be accessed along the road heading south from Amboy to Joshua Tree National Park.
Afton Canyon is the main tourist attraction and this majestic place is better known as the Grand Canyon Of The Mojave. A high ground clearance 4x4 is the best choice for an Afton Canyon tour. Hiking or biking through this colorful canyon is best done during winter for obvious reasons. The Afton Canyon Campground is the top choice for setting up a basecamp and it is just a short drive to I-15 or Baker, California.
On the flip side, Afton Canyon is a dangerous flash flood zone, so it is best to check the weather forecasts before entering this area. A busy railroad line runs through this canyon and a steel bridge is next to the campground. This place is ideal those who dream of seeing a train run through a colorful desert canyon, but others may view it as an eye sore. The noise is also a factor, especially when the trains roll through during sleeping hours. The railroad line is private property and the bridge is off limits, but it does present good photo opportunities.
Flash floods are an ever present danger in the Mojave and the Afton Canyon Campground is located next to a desert wetlands area. Those who plan to tour Afton Canyon will likely have to do a short water crossing under the railroad bridge, so be sure to take a good look to determine whether getting stuck is worth the risk. The water level can be knee deep or higher for several weeks after a rainstorm, so the drier the conditions, the easier the trek will be. Alternatively, the access at the opposite end of Afton Canyon is easier to negotiate.
As always, the Destination West travel videos provide a lot to see while leaving plenty more to discover on your own. Many of the destinations require an early start in the day, so nearby campgrounds are included. Boondocking areas are pictured too and there are plenty of free camping options in the vast Mojave Desert. The Mojave Trails definitely is a place where getting the day started before dawn is best to do, since the morning light creates such a beautiful effect in Afton Canyon.
More information about the Mojave Trails National Monument can be found in the Destination West website. Follow the link on the channel home page!
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