Floods cause campground closures
MOJAVE DESERT • The two campgrounds in the Mojave National Preserve are temporarily closed due to last weekend’s flash floods, but visitors to the area with high-clearance vehicles are free to camp roadside.
Black Canyon Road, the major access route to Mid Hills and Hole-in-the-Wall campgrounds, remains closed for its entire length, including both paved and dirt sections, according to a National Park Service news release.
Most other park roads, however, are now open following grades and repairs, park officials said.
While the two campgrounds are currently inaccessible to most traffic, park officials say visitors with appropriate vehicles should feel free to explore roadside campsites.
Roadside camping is allowed in areas that have been traditionally used for that purpose, according to the news release.
There are no picnic tables or toilets at these campsites and visitors must practice Leave No Trace camping methods, which includes packing out all trash and burying human waste, the news release states.
“The monsoonal moisture that brought rains last weekend continues to influence local weather patterns,” the news release states. “Visitors should be aware of approaching storms and act accordingly.”
“Rangers advise campers not to set up in dry stream beds, as rain waters can turn them into gushing torrents. Additionally, motorists are advised not to cross flood waters on roadways. These crossings are often more dangerous than they appear, and vehicles can be damaged or swept downstream.”
Visit http://nps.gov/moja for more information.