Afton Canyon

5/5 (12 reviews)
Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 08/10/2022
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Highlights

Afton Canyon is often thought of as one of the last 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's a must-see in one's lifetime. When traveling through Afton Canyon, you will find sandstone canyons, slot canyons, natural sandstone caves, abandoned mines, a deep water crossing, and even the Mojave River flowing above ground year-round. So pack up the 4x4 and experience some of the best camping and scenic off-roading of your life.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (12 reviews)
Ben
1500
Status: Open
Visited: 04/10/2021

Really Beautiful place. The cave was fun. A few people but not many. You would pass a truck or two then have the place to your self for 10 to 15 min or longer before another truck comes along. Easy trail. I had a friend go in his 2wd and with airing down I only had to pull him out once from some soft sand with my 4wd. The second water crossing is deeper than the first. About 20" deep. Both have hard bottoms and 2wd is fine. You do go under the train bridge but any normal vehicle will fit.
Trail Review: Afton Canyon - Ben
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/02/2021

Great trail, easy access for most 4x4 vehicles now that the water crossing is shallower. Should only need about 15" of water fording capability. Take the time to visit Spooky Cave!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/25/2020

Traffic up the 15 fwy was light on they way up, but heavy on they way back. The dirt road leading up to the campground was being graded by heavy equipment with tractor trailers driving 15 to 20 mph on the road making it a rough ride, so airing down added less jarring inside the Jeep. The river crossing has been filled in by about two feet with 2 inch sized stone. If visiting Spooky cave, and you decide to climb out the last vertical portion, dont use the blue and yellow rope, use the red one. The blue and yellow rope is tied off to a very sketchy rock, that you might end up pulling down onto yourself before you end up falling.
Trail Review: Afton Canyon - Jason Downing
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/20/2020

Ran the trail and had a ton of fun. THe water crossing is filled in which sort of sucks. But besides that it was a good time.
Trail Review: Afton Canyon - Josh Noesser
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/20/2020

Not sure if true but I am seeing photos around the internet that the rail company filed in the water crossing
Trail Review: Afton Canyon - Josh Noesser

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