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Sponsored by Great Outdoors San Diego
Cancelled to to Government Shutdown
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Mojave National Preserve & Mitchell Caverns - MLK Weekend (click here)
Discover the wonders of the desert at the southern end of Death Valley!
Natural hot springs located in a relaxed desert environment. These are gender-segregated, no-clothing-mandatory, indoor hot pools for soaking that are open 24 hours. Tecopa Hot Springs Resort is a desert oasis that offers a variety of activities and amenities. Restaurants, live music, entertainment, hiking, off road adventures and many nearby attractions and interaction with some of the nicest people in the Mojave Desert. Large campground with 30 AMP RV hookup sites. Tents share sites with electricity, includes restrooms, showers, and unlimited entry into the hot springs. Tent sites are located on level gravel area among the RV's. We have the community center reserved for evening activities.
Schedule Of Events
Wed Jan 23
-Optional early arrival ($10 extra)
Thurs Jan 24
Friday Jan 25
Saturday Jan 26
Sunday Jan 27
* Check white board for hike/outings updates
Registration includes admission to hot pools. You will have option to add early arrival on Wednesday for $10 extra.
You must be a member of GOPS or another GO Chapter before you can register for this event. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi at the local community center library. No cell service. Bring drinking water (local water is not potable). RV dump station. Nearby restaurants.
What to Bring: WATER, the local water is not for drinking, Ten Essentials, camp chair, electric heater/blanket for your tent,cash, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item, heavy duty tent stakes in case of wind, extension cord, electric blanket or heater, firewood/and or propane fire-pit and extra propane tank.
Bring something to grill on the charcoal grill Saturday night.
You may also consider bringing or renting a 4x4 off road vehicle. We will explore nearby trails with 4x4 vehicles. Drivers may have passenger space available.
Directions: Campground Location map
Located about 50 miles north of Baker CA via Hwy 127.
Climate: Hist. Avg.: 60° /35° Be prepared for cold nights. Tents can plug in electric heaters/blankets.30 AMP adapter for 120 outlet may be needed. See your RV neighbor for adapters. Check weather forecast and plan accordingly.
3pm Sat. Jan 26 at the Flower Building in Shoshone:
**The Death Valley Premiere of The Women In The Sand, a documentary film about the lives and work of the Timbisha Shoshone elders who fought to gain federal recognition for the tribe, for the repatriation of their homeland, and for the continued survival of their traditional ways.Members of the tribe and the producers/creators of the film will hold a Q&A session after the screening and refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Shoshone Museum and the Tecopa Shoshone Writer's Group. The film is 73 minutes long, plus time for the Q&A afterward. The event is free, as always, and attendees are encouraged to donate to the Tupipa Project.
Here's a trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6uQneJpvqM
The Flower Building is the big, square building a couple of buildings over from the museum on the same side of the street. It's called the Flower Building because of all the colorful flowers painted on the side!
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund due by 01/17/2019.
Contact: Scott Connelly Click Here
Photos from previous trips: Click Here
Pets: Are welcomed on a leash.
Health Problems/allergies: It 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.
Sponsored by the Great Outdoors Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter
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Majestic Yosemite - President’s Day Weekend 2019 (click here)
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. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful.
We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. Additional powered RV campsites will be available at the New Camp site, located one mile north of Mecca Beach. February is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.
Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, an off-road excursion, and a road trip to Niland area sites, including Salvation Mountain, Obsidian Butte, the mud pot volcanoes, and the Sony Bono Wildlife Preserve.
Thursday, Feb 21
Friday, Feb 22
Saturday, Feb 23
Sunday, Feb 2
Amenities: Both campgrounds have restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and free solar hot showers (Mecca Beach) or that take quarters (New Camp), picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a small store on Highway 111 with limited supplies.
Amenities for Tent Campers: Tent sites are shared with another tent or an RV at the Mecca Beach campground only. Parking is also shared between the two campers. If you want to share the space with another tent, send the Trip Leader an email and we will try and arrange it. The campsites are sandy, with trees that may provide some shade.
If you share a powered site you may be able share power with the RV. The power is 20 amp service. Bring a long outdoor extension cord. If you have questions about the electrical service sharing, send the Trip Leader an email to discuss it.
February can have windy or rainy conditions or cold overnight temperatures that approach freezing. Check the weather forecasts before the campout, and be prepared for the weather conditions. If cold weather is forecast, bring warmer clothes and an additional blankets or another sleeping bag to keep you comfortable. If you have questions about your gear, contact the Trip Leader via email to discuss it.
Amenities For RVs:
What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, a camp chair to use around the campfire, shower quarters, potluck item for Saturday night, a bundle 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 for optional kayaking, if available.
Directions: I-10 east to Indio, take the 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.
Climate: Average for February: 76° / 43 U.S.Climate Data
Prices: Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member(day use does not require a GO membership). 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.
Refunds: You may cancel your registration and receive a full refund if you email the trip leader by February 10, 2019. If you don't cancel before that date, there will be no refund unless we are able to sell your spot to someone on a waitlist for the same type of registration. If we are able to resell your spot, you'll receive a full refund.
Payments: Although a PayPal screen will appear requesting payment via PayPal, you can scroll down on that screen and pay with a credit card without needing a PayPal account.
Photos: To see some photos from prior trip - click here.
Pets: Dogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waster properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.
This peaceful locale has a range of camping sites including partial hook-up sites, tent sites and cabins. Dos Picos is located 46 miles northeast of San Diego.
Dos Picos is home to many plants and animals. Supporting the abundant wildlife is a mixture of chaparral, open grassland and oak woodland. Coast live oak abounds, though Engelmann oaks are also a regular occurrence.
Coyote, fox, possum, skunk, and raccoon are all seen in the park. Look up to the sky to view birds like great blue herons, egrets, ducks, red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers and western bluebirds. California quail are afoot in the early mornings, while the evening skies are filled with the sounds of resident barn, screech and great horned owls.
There are hiking and nature trails in the park. Nearby Mt. Woodson has a network of trails ranging from easy to difficult. Several wineries are located in the Ramona Area.
In addition to hikes, there will be an optional day trip to the San Diego Zoo.
Schedule Of Planned Activities & Events
Thursday - 3/14
Friday - 3/15
Prices: We have different pricing levels based upon whether you are staying in a tent, are an RV driver or passenger or in a site you booked yourself or in a nearby hotel. There is also a day trip option.
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.
RV's and tents will share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When registering for an RV site, please indicate the size of your RV in the registration form. RVs are allowed to bring in an attached tow vehicle at the gate at no additional cost. Depending upon site limitations, tow vehicles may need to park in the overflow parking area.
Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:
Amenities: RV/Tent sites have 30/50-amp power and water; the park has a free dump station. Tenters should bring a long extension cord if they wish to plug in a heater or electric blanket in case of cold weather. There are flush toilets and coin-operated showers (bring quarters). Firewood is available for $5.00 a bundle at the campground (do not bring wood from home).
Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM
Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.
Cell Service – Good cell service throughout the park.
What to Bring:
We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here.
Weapons are not permitted in the park. Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided that the alcohol content does not exceed 20%. (Be discreet.) Marijuana policy is undetermined.
Best RV Route is via I-10 West to I-60 to I-15 South. Your GPS will show that the I-74 route is shorter, but it is not recommended.
Climate: The park is located at 1486 feet. Average high for March is 68 and the average low is 41.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund (less $25) must be received by 2/12/2019 via email to - click here. After that date, a full refund will only be issued if we resell your spot.
Children: There may be children present and require a minor's liability waiver - click here. Please bring the completed form with you if you bring a minor.
Pets: Pets 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 within the park. They are allowed on some of the scheduled nearby hikes.
Contacts: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your trip leaders: Byron Postma or Ritch Barron
This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. You can check back here for updated information. For other Chapter trips, you can check their website and/or contact their Vice President of Outings at the links below...
VPO = Vice President of Outings
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