Morongo Basin Desert Run Road - Johnson Valley

5/5 (10 reviews)
Yucca Valley, California (SanBernardino County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The trail is mostly a dirt road that crosses the desert. There are several open areas perfect for camping in both tents and RV's. This area is popular because it is against the hills helping to reduce the wind that can whip through Johnson Valley. The road is known for lots of woops, and as you cross Turkey Claw cut off, the trail will get harder and is no longer suitable for RV's and Trailers. The US Government has come to an agreement with the Off-Roaders that use the area, and we will be sharing areas of the land in Johnson Valley with the US Military. During these times which are unknown, civilians will not be allowed in the area. There is no set schedule yet of when it will be closing and reopening. This is a growing concern for many people that enjoy the area for the fear that they will permanently close this area after the first time they use this area for Military training. Please see URL for access issues for more information.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (10 reviews)
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
96050
Status: Open
Visited: 05/09/2022

The trail should be open now.
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
96050
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 04/29/2022

Closed for military drills from april 29 to May 9th 2022
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
96050
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/29/2021

Still a dirt road
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
96050
Status: Open
Visited: 11/01/2021

The military closure is now over. The next ones are • April 26 - May 9, 2022 • October 18 - November 1, 2022
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
96050
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 10/22/2021

The area is closed for military use to Nov 1 2021 https://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff-Offices/Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley/#:~:text=The%20Johnson%20Valley%20Shared%20Use,military%20training%20in%20the%20area.&text=Once%20cleared%20for%20public%20use,Land%20Management%20for%20public%20recreation.

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