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Trip Report - Ft. Irwin Area

dedmiston
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We had a great trip last weekend. Veterans Day is typically the kickoff time for our desert camping & riding season and this year's weather was perfect.

We camped about 30 minutes out of Barstow, CA near Ft. Irwin. We were pretty close to an "interesting" spot called Tonka Town. It's hard to describe it with words, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

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One of the spots that we rode to is called Inscription Canyon, which is a narrow gully full of Native American petroglyphs. It's a shame that the signage only tells you not to disturb the area (good start) but doesn't give any history of the place. We ride to a lot of areas with petroglyphs, but this is the easiest to access and probably the most popular one.

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And here's our camp chair stealer enjoying the fire.

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2014 RAM 3500 Diesel 4x4 Dually long bed. B&W RVK3600 hitch • 2015 Crossroads Elevation Homestead Toy Hauler ("The Taj Mahauler") • <\br >Toys:

  • 18 Can Am Maverick x3
  • 05 Yamaha WR450
  • 07 Honda CRF250X
  • 05 Honda CRF230
  • 06 Honda CRF230
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dedmiston
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Hey there. Yeah, your Suburban could definitely make it there. 

From Barstow take Ft. Irwin Road to Coper City Road. It's about thirteen miles out Coper City and then a left. I can dig up GPS coordinates if you're interested.

2014 RAM 3500 Diesel 4x4 Dually long bed. B&W RVK3600 hitch • 2015 Crossroads Elevation Homestead Toy Hauler ("The Taj Mahauler") • <\br >Toys:

  • 18 Can Am Maverick x3
  • 05 Yamaha WR450
  • 07 Honda CRF250X
  • 05 Honda CRF230
  • 06 Honda CRF230

Thanks I think I'm going to check it out. There has to be more to camping than just Anza Borrego. 🙂

I appreciate the directions. I never got into GPS coords, but maybe I should. Not asking for your favorite camping spot but can you give me a general direction on where people typically go to camp. I'm talking Boondock  but I guess I can go to a campground if that's all that's really available.

 

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2001 Suburban 4x4. 6.0L, 4.10 3/4 ton **** 2005 Jayco Jay Flight 27BH **** 1986 Coleman Columbia Popup


@opnspaces wrote:

Thanks I think I'm going to check it out. There has to be more to camping than just Anza Borrego. 🙂

I appreciate the directions. I never got into GPS coords, but maybe I should. Not asking for your favorite camping spot but can you give me a general direction on where people typically go to camp. I'm talking Boondock  but I guess I can go to a campground if that's all that's really available.


We boondocked out there. There are spots to camp all along Copper City Rd, but it was a busy weekend and we ended up having to go way out there to find a space. It was a nice spot and the dogs loved it, but it was pretty far out there.

There's also a decent campground nearby at Calico Ghost Town. It's a pretty popular spot and people seem to love it. It's kind of a tourist trap, but it's worth seeing once or twice.

2014 RAM 3500 Diesel 4x4 Dually long bed. B&W RVK3600 hitch • 2015 Crossroads Elevation Homestead Toy Hauler ("The Taj Mahauler") • <\br >Toys:

  • 18 Can Am Maverick x3
  • 05 Yamaha WR450
  • 07 Honda CRF250X
  • 05 Honda CRF230
  • 06 Honda CRF230

opnspaces
Navigator II
Navigator II

Looks like it was a great trip. I might try going out and checking out Tonka Town just for grins. I'm assuming it's standard So Cal desert dirt roads that almost any vehicle can navigate.

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2001 Suburban 4x4. 6.0L, 4.10 3/4 ton **** 2005 Jayco Jay Flight 27BH **** 1986 Coleman Columbia Popup