Afton Canyon

Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/09/2019
5 /5 ( 3 reviews )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10 miles
Highest Elevation: 3000 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Barstow
Nearest Town w/ Services: Barstow
Official Road Name: Afton Canyon
Management Agency: BLM
District: Barstow Field Office
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Highlight: Afton Canyon

Afton Canyon is many times thought 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 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. Thus pack up the 4x4 and experience some of the best camping and scenic off-roading of your life.



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Route Information

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1. Exit Freeway

Exit 15 Freeway at Afton and go east

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.069484, -116.411238

Starting Point: Yermo, CA

Exit Highway 15 at Afton Canyon 35.069484, -116.411238 and go East




Trail Reviews (6)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The water levels are surprising passable on the trail. Did a quick stop out there to enjoy the scenic drive.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Cross the first water nearest to the Afton Canyon Campground with caution. It is more than 31" deep. I learned the hard way yesterday, hydrolocked the Cherokee on 4.5" lift with 33'''s... maybe i was going to fast and forced the water into the intake, which is low on the grille, not sure.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
What a blast... The weather was perfect and the river was flowing. It did get a bit deep at one point. Roughly 3 1/2 feet deep. Which was about mid doors on my Jeep. The bad news was my drain plugs were removed which meant my jeep filled up with water as I crossed.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Another beautiful day on the trail. Afton Canyon was run 1 day within 9 days of adventure for a small group of us. The weather was great and the drive was enjoyable. Although nothing incredibly technical, it was a good day. Spooky Cave was definitely the highlight of this trail. There are ropes once you get deeper in to allow you to reach the top. Climb at your own risk!

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Music 'A horse with no name,’ by America (decent Rock n Roll from 1971). On this beautiful day that the Lord had made, my ‘first ministry’ (my wife) and I enjoyed an off road excursion through Afton Canyon.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great Place. Looks like some serious flash floods went through the area. All of the original paths are gone and it is hard to even get to the popular spots. The first river crossing was over 4 feet deep in spots making it a little nerve racking as we went through it. The second water crossing was all filled in with sand.

Questions & Answers (1)

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Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.