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i first went there as a very small child in 1967 or so and have been obsessed with Cal City and the Mojave ever since. I don’t mind dry heat. Spent many summers in Palm Springs as a teen. 
True, the Mojave is hardcore desert. And not pretty like Arizona but I wonder why more people don’t boondock there. Cal City is the third largest city in California by size bit was never settled by the large numbers of people hoped for. It has roads sewers etc It’s totally flat so you can’t hide. But there’s so much space I doubt you’d be bothered. But I wonder if anyone else has ever been there. No one seems to have heard of it and it’s only a few hours from Los Angeles. That whole region has lots of small towns and is empty. And no it’s not near Slab City. Slab City is Imperial County and Cal City is Kern.
Yeah, it's north of Edwards AFB. And if you're into cars, Willow Springs racetrack, and proving grounds for Honda and Hyundai-Kia are nearby. I pass through the area on my way to/from the eastern Sierras, or when cutting between the Coast and Barstow.

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I spent a couple years living near Tehachapi. Lots of empty space out there. Really pretty about March or so when the wildflowers bloom.

The occasional huge sonic booms from suborbital aircraft are also noteworthy.
Not far north of Cal City, there are BLM areas around Red Rock Canyon State Park off hwy 14 where you should be able to boondock. It's nicest from late winter to just before summer, as winter rains have made all the colors very pretty. But beware of "dry" riverbeds. Not sure where you'd get your water from. Jawbone Canyon OHV area used to have some kind of visitor center along hwy 14, not sure if it's still there. If you do go here, be sure to have the latest maps, as some wilderness areas have been expanded in recent years. The visitor center at Red Rock S.P. should have current maps. And as this area is smack in the middle of the Garlock Fault, and within 20(?) miles of the Ridgecrest area faults that gave us a 7.1 a few months ago, camp away from cliffs & overhangs.
(11-23-2019, 09:21 AM)LERCA Wrote: [ -> ]it’s only a few hours from Los Angeles. That whole region has lots of small towns and is empty. And no it’s not near Slab City. Slab City is Imperial County and Cal City is Kern.
I think the problem with the town is the climate -arid -and the lack of water (Generally a California problem).
The town has 12,000 residents that include 2,500 inmates in the local prison, and the crime rate is high for such a small town. Unemployment and poverty rates are double or triple the national average, and as you know, poverty unemployment and desperation brings about crime...
(11-24-2019, 11:13 PM)drysailor Wrote: [ -> ]Not far north of Cal City, there are BLM areas around Red Rock Canyon State Park off hwy 14 where you should be able to boondock. 
@sailor, what can you say about the area around Garlock ghost town, a bit east of RRCSP, for boondocking? Looks nicely out of the way of both 14 and 395.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlock,_California

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nd I'm sure HDR has been there prospecting.
California City was the brainchild of a Sociology professor/Real estate developer. Interesting combo.
He wanted to create a model city to rival LA, except without access to the Pacific Coast.
well since Q mention it. yes I have prospected the whole area around Garlock. Garlock was a mill town, they would mill the gold from the surrounding area mainly the EL Paso Mountains. good gold in the El Paso's, Ransburg area, also on the east side of 395, and Atolia. although the latter is more known for Tungsten. I used to go to Last Chance Canyon(in the El Paso's) and prospect a lot. I would not try to go there with a 2wd.

there is also some pay to dig Opal mines just south of Red Rock Canyon.

Cal City sorry I just don't see it. of the thousand of places in the Mojave I would rank that pretty much dead last on my list of places that are must see. I would rank it close to the top of places to skip. that's just me.

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Sort of interesting that they are having water problems because of all the mainline brakes due to all the unmaintained/used water lines they use to pump out the underground lake it sits on! Only in California!
HDR, now we know all about prospecting near Garlock, what about boondocking there? Too uninteresting?
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