Originally Posted by SMB123
Hi all, we've done a lot of national park camping and other more civilized areas, but now with the Sportsmobile I'd like to do some fall and winter desert camping. I'm thinking along the lines of Anza Borrego, Mojave, Joshua Tree.
I'd like suggestions on where 4x4 not required, cell phone accessible for emergencies, and not too far off the road (a couple miles or so but not 20).
I don't want people to publish their secret spots or anything but if you have pointers on vicinities that might be worth checking out - would love to hear it. Any web site suggestions welcome as well.
The Mojave National Preserve is awesome and there is tons of 2wd accessible stuff there. My van is 2wd with about a 2" lift and we were able to explore around kessler peak, kelso dunes, the lava tubes, and hole in the wall campground.
For some really tame off-roading you could go to blair valley which is pretty close to anza borrego. Lots of short little hikes to do in the area.
You could also go up to Big Bear and stay at some yellow post sites on the north side of the lake. Tons of 2wd accesible stuff up there. My last trip we did the Crab flats trail to get out there which was pretty fun but not too challenging somewhere around 15mi off-road. If that is too much, you can always just go out of fawnskin.
I haven't explored anza borrego or joshua tree in the van yet, so no recommendations there.