The Mojave Narrows Regional Park is an oasis in the high desert. Situated along an old riverbed, this park is one of the largest riparian zones in the Mojave Desert, and full of lush plant growth and waterways. Be prepared to find a park teeming with wildlife! This wetland park consists of open meadows, cottonwood and willow stands, and two lakes. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this natural paradise with your pooch, on the water or around it!
Park entry is $3 per pedestrian, and $1 per dog, or $8 per vehicle. On weekends and holidays the entrance fee is $10 per vehicle. There are additional fees for fishing and camping. If you live in the area, you may want to invest in one of the annual passes! There is a Multi-Park Pass, Individual Park Pass, Senior Citizen Pass, or Pedestrian Pass available for purchase.
Once you arrive, you'll find a network of trails that meander through the green meadows and dense forests in the Mojave Narrows Regional Park. One of the options is a large loop trail that skirts both of the park's lakes. This area is an important stopover for many migratory birds, so keep your eyes peeled for great blue herons, white pelicans, hawks and maybe even bald or golden eagles. Don’t forget your binoculars! The trails were mostly created for equestrians but are also great for mountain bikers and hikers.
If you want to spend a night under the stars with your best pal, check into one of the campsites here. There are 31 tent campsites along the shore of Horseshoe Lake and Pelican Lake, and 38 sites with full hookups for RVs or trailers.
Some other features of this park are great fishing opportunities in the two lakes, scenic picnic areas, and playgrounds. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun, but need to stay leashed and picked up after at all time. Note on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the park is open to annual and veteran pass holders only, and fishing is not permitted. Camping trips that include a closure day require a 7 or 14 day reservation.
With all of these things to do, or not do, the Mojave Narrows Regional Park is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!