Visit Afton Canyon, “The Grand Canyon of the Mojave”

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Afton Canyon’s surface water makes it unique in the southern California desert.¬†Known locally as “The Grand Canyon of the Mojave” for its dramatic geological formations, this is the only place where the Mojave River flows above ground year-round – providing significant riverbank wildlife habitat amid the desert.

Since prehistoric times, the natural bounty created by this water source has made Afton Canyon a focus for living things. Dense willows and cottonwoods shaded the river, and thickets of mesquite produced bean pods for food. The ponds, marshes and streams provided habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species. Afton Canyon is about 35 miles north of Barstow.

For information, visit  https://www.blm.gov/visit/afton-canyon

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