|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||3000 feet|
|Duration:||About 15 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town:||Yucca Valley|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Yucca Valley|
|Official Road Name:|
|Management Agency:||BLM - Johnson Valley OHV Area|
|District:||Barstow Field Office|
Once in Johnson Valley, many people wonder where the best dispersed camping is at. Morongo Basin Desert Run Road (aka Desert Run Road) is one of two favorite spots for the locals to camp at. Desert Run Road is almost totally protected from the aggressive winds that can wreak havoc on the Means Dry Lake. The weather isn’t the only reason to choose this trail for camping. Immediately off of Desert Run Road is some of the best 4x4 and off-road trails in the area including trails like a Turkey Claw, which is an extreme rock crawling trail. Mommas Sand Hill is a popular place for razors and other side by sides to hang out and there are several natural dirt bike courses against the hillside. So the next time you are in the area and wondering where to camp, take your RV, 5th Wheel, or tent and look to Desert Run Road.
Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.Read more about our rating system
The trail splits off of Boone Road and heads west. This is a popular camping area where these two roads meet. When no one is out there it can be easy to miss the turn. But luckily, not far past this road is a Desert Map Sign on the right side of Boone Road. If you reach this sign, turn around and the road will be a hundred feet on the right.
One of the several trails that split off of this trail is Camp Rock Road which is just east of the large open area before Turkey Claw. This trail is great for the intermediate offroaders and moderately modified vehicle. The trail splits off to the south and climbs over the hills that follow the south side of the trail.
The trail continues straight, but if you want some excitement in your life, you can turn left and head up Turkey Claw, which is a fun and difficult rock crawling trail that will put any 4x4 to its test. Turkey Claw is a fun and difficult rock crawling trail that will put any 4x4 to its test. Whether you are a Toyota, a 2 door Jeep Wrangler, or a 4 Door JKU person.
The road ends at Mommas Sand Hill. Who doesn't love a good sand hill? Mommas Sand Hill is conveniently located in the epicenter of extreme off-road culture in Johnson Valley. Only a very short distance from the legendary basecamp of "King of the Hammers" lies this sandy playground. Soft loose sand, steep grades, and plenty of area to persuade your friends to try harder and harder obstacles, this sand hill can be hours of fun and entertainment for all off-road skill levels. Just don't get stuck. Last thing you want to do is call your momma to come rescue you in her 86 Olds Cutlass Supreme.
Starting Point: Lacurne Valley, CA
You are allowed to camp anywhere in the Johnson Valley OHV area but Desert Run Road provides some of the best camping in the valley. There is several popular areas when camping in Johnson Valley. When camping off of Desert Run Road, many people that tent camp like to camp against the hills to try and stay out of the winds, the closer you are to the hills, the less the winds are. For the people with the RV's and 5th wheels, they find themselves camping just off the hill sides in the slight flatter areas in the valley floor or closer to Turkey Claw where their is a giant flat area perfect for large vehicles. Everything from RV's, to trailers, to tents are welcome in Johnson Valley making it the ultimate dispersed camping playground. If you were wondering, the other popular area in Johnson Valley to camp is Means Dry Lake, where you will find that this area is a open flat area, but it isn't conducive to tent camping because of the dust, winds, and traffic. Please note that this is a dispersed camping area and the nearest forms of food, water, and help are about 30 miles away.