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Corn Springs Campground

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Corn Springs Campground is an area with beautiful views in a serene desert setting.  Nine camp sites, including one group site, are available, with tables, grills, potable water, and shade ramadas.  Handicap-accessible vaulted toilets are also available in this campground.  The camp sites are on a "first come, first served" basis -- reservations are not accepted.  Fees are paid by using the envelopes available at the "Iron Ranger".

Area Description

The Corn Springs Campground is located deep in a canyon of the Chuckwalla Mountains, and is situated by a stand of more than 60 native California fan palms.  This oasis supports abundant wildlife and is an important stopping place for migratory birds.

Corn Springs was a major occupation site of prehistoric Native American Indian groups.  The petroglyphs at Corn Springs are one of the finest examples of rock art in the Colorado Desert.  They display a wide variety of elements and cover a long time span, with the earliest petroglyphs dating as far back as 10,000 years.

In addition to being a route for Native American Indians moving east and west, Corn Springs was used by the Chemehuevi Indians who moved into California about 1,100 A.D.  These Native American Indians lived in harmony with the desert ecosystem, utilizing many of the native plants.
Corn Springs Petroglyphs

 Corn Springs Petroglyphs



Corn Springs has a 1/2-mile interpretive trail  that can easily be hiked in tennis shoes.  The hike is divided into eleven stops with different vegetation, wildlife, and cultural attractions at each stop.  You will find an interpretive trail that reveals the natural history of this area; and you can also enjoy sightseeing,  photography, watchable wildlife, and horseback riding.

How to get there

The campground is located about 10 miles from Interstate 10. Two-wheel-drive passenger vehicles can reach the campground.  From Interstate 10, take Exit # 201 onto Chuckwalla Valley Road. Take Chuckwalla Valley Road south to Corn Springs Road. Turn right onto Corn Springs Road and drive 6.8 miles.  You will see the sign for Corn Springs Campground in front of the oasis. Turn right into the campground.

Nearest Gas Stations and Public Telephones

The nearest facilities are located in Chiriaco Summit, which is located 24 miles northwest of Corn Springs Campground.


Although this campground is open year-round, it is best to visit during fall and spring months.  Temperature extremes are a well-known desert hazard.  Always inform someone as to where you are going, your route of travel, and when you expect to return.  Carry at least one gallon of water per person per day on your trip.

Campground Rules

Camp in designated spaces only.
$6.00 camping fee exists for this area.
All pets must be on leash within the campground.
Quiet hours are between 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Build fires only in fire pits and stoves.
No plant or wildlife collecting in campground or oasis.

Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: (760) 833-7100
Fax: (760) 833-7199
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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