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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
JAWBONE RECREATION AREA
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
LATITUDE: N 3518.092'
LONGITUDE: W 11800.062'
(GPS from Jawbone Station at the
junction of Hwy.14 and Jawbone Road.)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Jawbone Information Center
Elevation around 2100' - 3000'
There are vaulted toilets at the Visitor Information Center
(Junction of Jawbone Road and Highway 14)
There is a map you should examine before
venturing out into the wilderness.

Jawbone Recreation Area encompasses a large area of mostly desert environment. This is the opposite of Sherman Pass Road where we camped last night. There are no shade trees here, just wasteland. ATV's and RV's rule the day at Jawbone Recreation Area. Don't be surprised if something with wheels comes flying through your camp. If loud noises bother you, it would be recommend to avoid this place. And don't ask about the wind storms... just hold on to your hat.

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Jawbone Road and Camp Area
Jawbone Road and Camp Area

This was our camp on Jawbone Road.
(A couple miles west from Hwy.14)
It is easy access making a good spot
to park for the night.

A good reason to stop or stay here is
because there are limited fire restrictions.
You can make a pot of coffee and not
worry about getting arrested.

As you continue down Jawbone Road there
are camping areas everywhere. The first 4 miles
is paved surface, becoming a dirt road with areas
of loose sand. A passenger car can transverse
the road with caution.

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

About 4-5 miles north on Jawbone Road
there is an RV area with vaulted toilets

Some of the best campsites are about 6-7 miles.
The views are similar to Death Valley with painted
canyons and old, rugged mountains. Around every
corner is a new photo opportunity.

Bee Hives on Jawbone Road
Bee Hives on Jawbone Road

There is a good camp on top of the hill (about 8 miles)
Today there were several bee hives.
Guess they must be pollinating the sagebrush.

If you continued north on Jawbone Road
in 18 miles is the junction of Piute Mountain
Road #501 to Kelso Valley Road #539.

If you take Jawbone Road towards Piute Mountain Road, be prepared for some serious steep grades with nasty switchbacks and cutbacks as the road does a "Z" up the mountain side. There are areas of loose sand. Only a fool would try to drive a passenger car up this road. We had to get a running start to make it up some of the hills.

Once you reach the mountain crest,
the first turn on the right is a good camp.
It was hot in the valley, a little chilly up here.

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Jawbone Road
Jawbone Road

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

Chemtrails
Chemtrails over Jawbone Canyon

Notice the clouds... blue skies are rare.

Plague Warning
PLAGUE WARNING
The plague is not uncommon... but it
seems more cases than normal this year

Jawbone Road Parking Area
Parking Area

Jawbone Road towards Kelso Canyon Road
Jawbone Road towards Kelso Canyon Road

Just when you think this road is never
going to end, it never does... but at least
this is the easy part... what you see is what
you get, no big surprises.

DIRECTIONS:
From Highway 14
Turn west on Jawbone Road (Near Cantil)
It is paved for 4 miles then turns to sandy dirt
From Highway 178
Turn at Weldon and take Keslo Valley Road #539
In 18 miles is Jawbone Road Junction
A good map is recommended.
NOTE: If taking Jawbone starting at Hwy.14,
There are serious upgrades, switchbacks and loose sand.
You can see the road from down in the valley, but just
figure it must be an old mining road...

Bureau of Land Management
Ridgecrest Field Office
300 South Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-384-5400

Jawbone Station
28111 Jawbone Canyon Road
P.O. Box 1161
Mojave, CA 93502
760-373-1146

MILEAGE CHART
From Jct. Hwy.14 and Jawbone Road

California City
Mojave
Bishop

xx miles
xx miles
xx miles

Kelso Valley Road
Kelso Valley Road

Kelso Valley Road
Kelso Valley Road

BRECKENRIDGE CAMPGROUND
Breckenridge Campground is on top of the world.
Continue west on Jawbone Road... see map.

CHIMNEY PEAK RECREATION AREA
Chimney Creek Campground is classic
10 miles from Jct. of Hwy.395

SHERMAN PASS ROAD
North on Hwy.395, Sherman Pass Road
winds through the rugged Sierra Nevada
Mountains with ample camping opportunities.

Purified Water at Isabella Market in Lake Isabella
Drinking water at Paradise Cove Campground.
Hwy 178, about 4 miles east of Lake Isabella
Showers $.50 / 4 minutes

Purified water in Mojave or California City.
Gas is less priced in Mojave unless you drive to Bakerfield.

Camped here May 28, 2006

Bruce DeWitt Litter
BRUCE DEWITT
Born 2/25/1955
Bruce just throws his garbage on the ground.
There was litter everywhere...

Also see: ALABAMA HILLS
Also see: ALTA SIERRA
Also see:
BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
CHIMNEY PEAK
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY
Also see:
KEYESVILLE ROAD
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
SHERMAN PASS ROAD
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

CAMPGROUND INDEX

CAMPING RECIPES

CAMPING CHECKLISTS

TOURIST PHOTOS

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:

  • COWBOY MEMORIAL AND LIBRARY
  • RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK

Cowboy Memorial and Library
Cowboy Memorial

Cowboy Memorial and Library is interesting.
Preserving the history of the American cowboy
Largest collection of branding irons...
Tuesday - Sunday / 10am - 5pm

Red Rock Canyon SP
Red Rock Canyon SP

About a mile north on Highway 14
Red Rock Canyon offers some spectacular photos.
Best photos were between 8:30am - 9:30am

Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
There are hundreds of natural arches and
windows throughout the Alabama Hills.
Located west from Lone Pine, CA

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Free campgrounds and camping
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
JAWBONE RECREATION AREA