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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Fossil Falls dry lake bed
Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Showers
No Trash
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Max Length: 50 ft.
Fossil Falls dry lake bed is located in California
35.9839 N
-117.9081 W
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4 Reviews of Fossil Falls dry lake bed
Love this place!

Almost no people, some night we were completely alone. Due to Covid, restroom are closed. Water station is just for filling up a container, no hose connection.
Very spacious sites. Picnic table and fire pit ring


The black dirt and yellow grass make this a magical place to wake up. Cell service was good enough that I stayed parked here for the work day. Only 4 RV accessible sites but there was no one else here the Thursday night I stayed.

Other worldly

$6 camping. The volcanic river bed and falls area were very cool to explore and learn about.

First to Review
Good cell service, odd rocks

This place is so odd. The attraction is a dry water fall (not a lake bed) that formed when the last ice age was ending and a river formed from melting ice but the river was jostled by volcanic and earthquake activity when caused the river to become a water fall. It has since dried up like most of this part of the country and most of the remaining ice age water is trapped below, coming up as ‘fossil water’ in springs. The fossil falls rocks are basalt mostly but have been pummeled by water and have smoothed and eroded. There’s also said to be obsidian flakes on the area.

Anyway, this campground is simple/primitive but has excellent cell service, low prices, and an interesting attraction.