Needles, California was named after the unique jagged peaks in this region, which beckon to be experienced during the cool weather seasons. Highway 95 parallels both sides of the Colorado River in this area and there are several options for setting up a basecamp in the BLM Public Lands. Just a few miles south of Needles on California Highway 95 is where the Snaggeltooth Primitive RV Camp is located, which is a prime spot for capturing panoramic views and setting up a camp for adventures in this vast desert wilderness area. In order to avoid confusion, there are two different spellings of the name of this destination, but no matter whether it is called Snaggletooth or Snaggeltooth, the moniker refers to the same spot on a map.
The Snaggletooth boondocking area is well marked and the dirt access road is smooth in the main section of this campground. There are large RV camper and trailer pads available in the main campground, which make it easy for large excursion vehicles to settle in. The dirt access road becomes more challenging beyond the main camping area and a 4x4 high ground clearance vehicle is recommended for those who seek some solidude while camping in this area. There are all sorts of cozy nooks and crannies for vehicle-tent campers around the outskirts of the Snaggeltooth Primitive RV Camp, but finding smooth bare ground may be an impossible dream. The ground in this entire area is composed of bare bedrock and large rocks that are half buried, so packing a cot may be a better choice than a mattress pad for sleeping at night.
There are no facilities or drinking water available at Snaggletooth, so campers are required to possess a human waste system. This is a 100% pack it in, pack it out campground and the rules are enforced by local agencies, so it is best to keeps things tidy to avoid steep fines. The best part about this boondocking area is the Snaggletooth Mountains are right next door, which is a premier hiking and mountain biking destination that offers many surprising micro environments to experience. There are a few overland Jeep trails that also head to the mountains from the campground, so even the four wheelers are in luck. This primitive campground definitely is the best place for setting up a basecamp for adventures in the Snaggletooth Mountains, while the peace and quiet of the Mojave Desert is mighty appealing too!
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