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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mojave Desert, United States, Accommodations

Pertaining to lodging, the Mojave Desert offers several options and you can choose between hotels, motels, rental houseboats, eco-lodges, and campgrounds for tent and RV.

There are no overnight accommodations in the Preserve, but you can find some rooms in the vicinity. The amenities may be simple and not many, although wi-fi capability, stores and propane can be found there and some have hook-ups for RVs.

The campgrounds have picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets, trash cans, but not all have RV hook-ups. The sites go on a first come, first served basis and although drinkable water may be available, it is recommended to bring your own water, since some campgrounds may not have a sufficient source of water.

Some campgrounds have sanitary disposal stations for your RV, but ensure to pick the right spot, because not all roads to campgrounds are paved and that can cause problems for motorhomes or trailers.

Bring your own firewood; you are not allowed to gather it up from the desert and ensure not to leave your fire unattended and it is completely out upon leaving and check the average temperatures for the area, since it may be much colder then you expect.

The rates for campsites range from $12 to $35 per site per night, but Golden Age/Access Passport holders pay substantial less.

There is also the possibility for backcountry and roadside camping. Concerning the first, it is allowed for 14 days, but you have to camp at least half a mile from any developed area or road and a quarter of a mile away from water sources. Roadside camping is not allowed along paved roads and day use areas and the rule to stay at least a quarter of a mile from water sources goes for this too.

When you go hiking or backpacking, let someone know where you are going, bring a good map and explore the area where you want to stay. There are hardly any trail signs and remember flash floods can come out of the blue, therefor pick your campsite carefully.

Being swept off your feet by nature's beauty is one thing; being swept away by its fury is another!

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