PS - Death Valley 4x4

  • Mon, March 27, 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • Fri, March 31, 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • Stovepipe Wells
  • 20


  • Persons without the NPS senior lifetime pass
  • This is the NPS Senior lifetime pass.
    You must present it upon arrival and registration check-in
  • Additional camp fee due upon arrival at the campground. Select a site and pay registration fee ($14 adult, or $7 for Senior and Access pass)
  • If staying in motel or other accomodation





Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. .....

Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

  • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
  • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

Stovepipe Wells NPS campground click here for photos and information

Schedule Of Events

Friday, Mar 17

  • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
  • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
  • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

Saturday, Mar 18

  • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
  • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
  • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
  • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

Sunday, Mar 19

  • 9:30 am - Hike*
  • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

**Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

Getting There: (sample 2)

  • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
  • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
  • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
  • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

Contact: Scott C. email:

Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

Children: There may be children present.

Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

PetsPets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

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