U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Needles Field Office|
Horse Thief Camp
Motorized Vehicle Use:
Hiking and Sightseeing:
Located just 4 miles north of the camp, Horse Thief Spring offers excellent bird and wildlife viewing. This perennial spring provides life giving water for resident wildlife and migrating birds alike. Wildlife viewing is best during early morning and evening hours. Birds tend to gather in thick vegetation, along washes and springs, where vegetation provides critical food and shelter. CFR 43 8365.6 states “No camping or occupying for more than 30 minutes within 200 yards of any waterholes springs, seeps or manmade watering devices”
You can hunt dove, quail, chucker and and mule deer in the area, but season and bag limits vary. Contact the California Department of Fish and game at (909) 484-0167 for current hunting information. Hunting within 200 yards of wildlife waters, guzzlers included, is limited to 30 minutes. Recreational shooting is not permitted within the boundaries of Horse Thief Camp or within 1/4 a mile of the campground.
Written permission is required before using firearms on private land. On public lands, all county, state and federal regulations are in effect. Please note that firearms use within 150 yards of livestock or buildings is not allowed (San Bernardino County Ordinance 22.011).
Weather extremes and poisonous snakes are desert hazards common to this area. Canyons and washes in the area pose a flash flood risk as well. Avoid low-lying areas during storms and remember that storms upstream can result in flooding, even though it is not raining in your immediate area.
Abandoned Mine Lands
For your safety, DO NOT enter mine shafts or tunnels. They are extremely dangerous due to odorless toxic fumes and unstable walls. Entering mines can also disturb wildlife living in them. “Stay Out, Stay Alive.”
Many people think the relatively sparse plant cover means the desert does not burn. But a desert fire, if conditions are right, can be just as dangerous and destructive as wildfire in brush lands and forests. Never leave a fire unattended and extinguish all fires before sleeping. Always check with the agency’s local office before building a campfire.
Rules and Regulations:
Private land, legal grazing allotments, and mining operations exist in the area. Respect private property!