Shoshone Dispersed Camping, California

We found a very nice area for dispersed camping. We saw very few campers in this spacious area that offered lots of level space to camp.


Shoshone Dispersed Camping - BLM Land, near Shoshone, CA: Dry camping. Campground/RV Park Notes: No dump station available • trails nearby • 1703’ elevation. February 28th - March 1st. Miles driven – 267 miles.

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Boondocking on BLM land near Shoshone.

When passing through Shoshone, the Crowbar Cafe & Saloon is a good place to stop for a meal. And perhaps the only place.

We stumbled across this small brewery in Tecopa, CA. Unfortunately, we stopped on a day that they were brewing, so we couldn't sample their brews.

Shoshone BLM Dispersed Camping: A Primitive and Serene Getaway

Nestled in the rugged terrain of California's Mojave Desert lies the small town of Shoshone, which serves as a gateway to some of the best dispersed camping opportunities in the region. Surrounded by vast swaths of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, the Shoshone area offers campers a chance to immerse themselves in a primitive, off-the-grid experience.

Furnace Creek Road: A Remote Haven for Campers

One of the prime dispersed camping destinations near Shoshone is the Furnace Creek Road area. This remote stretch of dirt road provides level campsites with ample privacy, allowing campers to truly disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It has been highly recommended by many campers. According to one reviewer on Campendium:

"Great place to boondock. Level sites with privacy."

While the wind can sometimes be strong in this area, some campers choose to set up their campsites further away from the main road for a more sheltered experience.

Endless Opportunities on BLM Land

Beyond Furnace Creek Road, the Shoshone region is dotted with numerous other dispersed camping opportunities on BLM land. These campsites are often located in remote areas and offer a chance to truly experience the rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert. Here's what you need to know about these dispersed camping areas:

  • According to The Dyrt:
    • It is essential to practice responsible camping on government land by leaving no trace and packing in and out.
    • Limited or no services are available at these camping areas.
    • A permit may be required for certain locations.
  • The main appeal of these campsites is their seclusion and natural surroundings:
    • They provide stunning vistas that showcase the unique landscape of the Mojave Desert.
    • The solitude offered by these remote locations is hard to come by in more popular camping areas.

A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Whether you're seeking a primitive, off-the-grid adventure or a more structured camping experience, the Shoshone area has something to offer. Its appeal lies in its:

  • Vast BLM Lands: With plenty of public land available, there is no shortage of camping options for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Stunning Natural Beauty: Being situated in the Mojave Desert means being surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking sunsets.
  • Proximity to Shoshone National Forest: For those looking to explore further, the nearby national forest provides additional recreational opportunities such as hiking and wildlife viewing.

If you're yearning for a serene and secluded getaway away from the crowds, Shoshone is undoubtedly a hidden gem worth considering.

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