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Old 01-15-2018, 02:14 PM   #1
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Mojave desert beckons

.... so we're heading out there in mid-February for 5 or 6 weeks. We'll be returning to the Shoshone, CA RV park with the warm springs pool, for our 4th stay; but we also like to visit the Mojave National Preserve when the weather warms up a bit. We've stayed at the Hole-In-The-Wall Campground there a couple of times. We've also stayed at the Furnace Creek CG in Death Valley NP twice. We've boondocked/dispersed camped just south of the park along the lower Furnace Creek Road, done some driving around the southern section of the park, and hiked below the China Ranch Date Farm and on the trails around Shoshone.

We've also stayed at Joshua Tree NP and found it beautiful, but a bit too close to the SoCal cities, at least on a weekend. We're definitely not into big RV resorts like the ones near Palm Springs.

Also, we are the new proud owners of a 4-year old Newfoundland-border collie cross, so having a dog will limit some options inside a national park. We have a truck with clearance and 4WD but are not so keen on beating it up on super-rough roads. We're up for short/moderate hikes.

Sooo.... we are hoping that you folks familiar with this wonderful area will offer some suggestions on boondocking sites, and places you've enjoyed visiting in the area. There's a whole lot we haven't seen, that maybe you have.

Thanks in advance -- and happy trails to you!
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Given your stated preference, this site may help you find public campsites:

http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com
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Given your stated preference, this site may help you find public campsites:

http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com

Thank you for the link. It is an interesting site.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link.

Usually we've had pretty good luck checking websites for the local BLM field offices, but no luck this time.
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Ummmm.....why aren't there any photos of your new puppy in this post?!
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We’ll be close behind you, weather permitting. We have stayed in some of the places you mention (& thank you for mentioning some we haven’t). Not on your list but worth a visit is the Kelso Dunes http://digital-desert.com/kelso-dunes/ Looks like that site has some other links worth checking. There is “Roadside Camping” (boondocking) as the National Park Service calls it, right at the base of the dunes.

Death Valley has a decent primitive CG closer to Scotty’s Castle than to Furnace Creek and it’s a great jumpoff point to The Race Track and Eureka Dunes.

By mid month we hope to be in the Borrego Springs area - worth checking out if you haven’t been.
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Taj, thanks for your good suggestions.

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Ummmm.....why aren't there any photos of your new puppy in this post?!
Egad-- so sorry. Will try to come up with a better picture of Toby soon.
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Egads! Puppy? How old in the picture? Weight?

Looks beautiful, but way bigger than my entire pack of 4 put together !
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Toby is smaller than a pure Newfoundland, but is still one very big boy. Right now he's about 90-100 lbs, but needs to lose some weight. He's a 4-year old shelter dog, so we were very lucky that he learned some manners in a previous home and has a super disposition.

We did fine with our former (late) medium size dog inside both the 16' and 19' Bambi, but it will be interesting to see how this all works with such a big dog on our trip south. Maybe we'll set up the dinette bed for him at night. (And brush him often.)
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In laws had a Newfie at one time. Sweet, gentle giant with great manners. My silly chihuahua tried to dominate him all the time, and hated being ignored...he was the biggest lapdog I ever knew at the time.

We have two Maltese/poodle mixes, a Pomeranian and a Tibetan Terrier. All together less than 75 pounds total. They are lap magnets, and thing the AS is just a shiny dog house...great travelers!

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He only weighs 150 pounds... much more than my daughter (as of four years ago). She was taking a nap, and Titus quietly sneaked onto the couch and decided to cuddle...Great Danes are great dogs, but his tail is a serious weapon...when he’s happy and wagging hard, a hit really hurts.
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