8.5 Excellent
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Owl Canyon Campground

Barstow, California


Owl Canyon Rd.
Barstow, California 92377
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 37
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.02048
Longitude: -117.02132

Elevation: 3039' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 168
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

This BLM site has 25 sites but many are very shallow and would not suit a larger RV. In addition, many of the remaining sites are not level. The site we choose ( #8 ) used every leveling device we had and the maximum jack height @ the front of the trailer. We tried one other site but we couldn't level side to side so this was an improvement. The sites are well equipped with a concrete table, concrete BBQ stand and a very nice fire 'pit' with adjustable grate. I would think the area could be busy on weekends but when we were there only a few sites were occupied. There is hiking from the site and you can drive to the Rainbow Basin area. We camped here to visit Calico Ghost town which is not far away. The main drawback for the site is the last 8km (5mi) of very washboard road. If you are used to BLM sites this should be a minor detail for all the benefits!! We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

Rough washboard road getting to camp but glad we did it. All the sites had large tables canopies fire rings and BBQs. The pit toilets were clean. There are several swing sets for the kids to use, which I've never seen at a BLM camp before If you can handle the 4.7 mile rough road in, it is a peaceful pretty place to enjoy the desert We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Do the scenic loop drive if you have a toad. Very interesting

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

We paid $3 with the Interagency pass. The road in seemed to have been fairly recently graded, but was still quite washboarded. We were the only ones in the campground when we were there. The sites are fairly large, but short. Large campers may have trouble fitting in to a spot. Each site has a covered picnic table and a fire pit. There is a children's play area. The toilets were very clean. Someone had failed to put a rock on the trash can lid, and a critter had gotten into the trash. We spent 20 minutes picking up as much as we could. After that, I started to see more bits of trash around the entire place. So the campground could have been tidier.... We had a beautiful sunrise in the morning! There are some nice washes and hills to explore. We did not get a chance to do the loop drive. If someone does it while camped here, please note how long it is, as I can't find that info anywhere. Great cell service. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 220
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

Picturesque campground in a canyon with a nice 2-mile canyon trail to enjoy. Had the place almost to myself except on the weekend when there were quite a few day-use hikers and picnickers. There are several water faucets but there was no water while I was there. No dump but there were garbage cans placed near every site. Each site has a picnic table with a ramada and a fire grill. Was able to get Verizon voice/data signal only with my antenna booster. The dirt roads in are washboard-y but don't demand high clearance. IMHO, this campground is a real gem, with widely-spaced sites and great scenery. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27 and 22
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

In Barstow, Staters supermarket is impeccably clean and has almost everything you need. There is also a Walmart but not a Supercenter so there are limited grocery items.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

Owl Canyon BLM campground, north of Barstow, CA. Widely separated, and mostly level, dirt campsites in a pretty little canyon. Rate listed was for a senior discount. No hookups, but trash receptacles, a couple of unthreaded water spigots, and several clean pit toilets. Big rig accessible, but the dirt road leading to the campground is very washboarded, so it is slow going. Beautiful view of the mountain range to the south at sunset. Extremely quiet and peaceful area. Nice. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects use of a Senior Pass at this BLM campground. We loved the beautiful scenery, great hikes, and solitude with only us and the campground host using the campground during most of our week-long stay here. We would have loved to stay longer, but it became too cold and windy (explaining why we were the only ones crazy enough to be there). Even with higher occupation, though, this would still be a great place to stay and you can't beat the price. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 216
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

We were last at this campground in 2007. It is still a little-used gem. The five miles of washboard gravel road to the campground was in somewhat better shape, showing signs of grading, but I could do more than about 10 MPH most of the time. Once in the campground, the roads were navigable by any size rig, although there are a couple of serious dips that could cause the tail to drag on some. There is now a campground host here, and the difference from four years ago was noticeable: empty trash cans, sparkling clean vault toilets, and not a bit of trash in the entire campground. Aside from the host, there were only one or two other campers in the campground during our stay, until the weekend when three or four other sites were in use. Verizon voice service was good, but data service was still limited to the slow 1xRTT network, about one tenth the speed of that in native Verizon areas. The scenic loop that you can drive in a passenger vehicle has some of the most spectacular scenery in the US. There was limited water available at spigots around the campground, but they often run dry. The rate cited is reflects the 50% the Senior Pass rate. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just completed a major $500,000 rehabilitation of this campground. I stayed here for 4 days and found it wonderful. The campground was empty except for the volunteer hosts who were very hospitable. It did pick up a bit on Friday, but was nearly empty again after that. Even with the deluge of rain the previous week, the BLM had already come in and regraded every road from where the blacktop ends at Irwin road through out the entire area. If you like colorful rock formations, hiking, rockhounding, clear black skies at night for star gazing this is your place. It's $6.00 a night but with an America the Beautiful pass, it's only $3.00 a night. I wasn't fortunate enough to spot any wildlife other than birds, but the scenery alone is awesome. Some really nice fossils can be seen also such as camel tracks. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

We have visited this campground a few times in the past but this time (April 2009) we had the place to ourselves. The campsites are undergoing renovations (new vault toilets, campfire rings and bbq, new metal ramadas) which are set to be completed May 2009. The auto touring in this area is great (colorful mud and rock formations) and a dark sky for stargazing at night. All size rigs will fit. We even saw a desert tortoise on the road coming in. Come in fall or spring when the weather is not quite as hot. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 216
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 43

Date of Stay: March, 2007 - $6.00
Overall Rating:

This is a remote BLM campground that requires driving five miles of washboard gravel road to get to it, but the drive is worth it. The bright green rock mountains and other geological features are spectacular. For two of the three nights we stayed there (mid-week) there was nobody else there. Looking at the tags on the posts at each site, it appears the two or three sites are occupied each weekend. The two-mile scenic loop is as awesome as the Grand Canyon, in our opinion. There are well-maintained pit toilets, but every garbage can in the campground was full. We burned what trash we could and hauled the rest out with us. In early March, it was 70-75 during the day and 45-60 at night. Any size rig can fit. We will definitely go back there. We camped at Owl Canyon Campground in a Motorhome.

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