(EASY - MODERATE)
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Barstow|
|Official Road Name:||Afton Canyon|
Afton Canyon is many times thought as one of the lost amazing landscapes of California. With majestic views and one of the only places the Mojave River flows above ground, Afton is not just a wheeling destination. It must see in ones lifetime. When traveling through Afton Canyon, you will find Sand Stone Canyons, Slot Canyons, Sand Stone Natural Caves, Abandon Mines, Deep Water Crossing, and even the Mojave River flowing above ground year around.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves. Rocks up to 12" and water crossings up to 12" with possible currents. Passable mud. Moderate grades to 15 degrees. 6" holes. Side hill to 20 degrees. 4WD required. No width problems.Read more about our rating system
Exit 15 Freeway at Afton and go east
Afton Camp Ground was just freshly remodeled. They now have many nice amenities such as fire places, bathrooms, bbq, and shade.
First Water Crossing, this one is a long one and can be very deep. Make sure you are going slow and if the water is moving at all. Do not attempt.
There are two train bridges you can drive on. Be warned they are not maintained.
Second Water Crossing (Dry). In 2015 there was several flash floods that went through the area depositing a lot of additional sand in this crossing. Because of this, the crossing is currently dry. As time goes by, the sand will work its way out of this crossing thus the crossing will become wet once again. 35.031151, -116.366902
You can drop into Afton Canyon here. This will be the first right turn that drops down into the canyon. Do not enter any earlier because the is a chance of Quick Sand behind the fences.
Afton offers many Slot Canyons, this on in particular is large enough to drive several hundred feet into.
One of the large Slot Canyons you can drive your vehicle up and in. This one is easier to access and many people choose to take their lunch here because of the ample shade.
Spooky Cave is just on the North side of the tracks. This slot canyon turns sand cave is something worth seeing. Just make sure you don't touch the walls or it might cave in. When you get back into it, it gets very narrow and if you have a rope you can climb all the way out the top. Make sure you bring flash lights
Old derailed train car
Gravesites for T-Bone Albright David M Conahey Roland W. Humeston
Another popular spot to take a break out of the sun and have a nice breeze. If you can wait for it, trains seem to pass every 45 minutes or so. When they do pass over you it is something you would never expect to feel.
Old borax mine that is fun to explore and drive around on where the old ore tracks were.
Trailhead Coordinates: 35.069484, -116.411238