Photograph courtesy flickr/inkknife_2000
Here at the edge of the Mojave you can hike for miles among eroded buttes that appear to melt as if Antoni Gaudí designed them. Pitch your tent at Ricardo Campground: 50 sites with potable water, toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings huddle beside the dramatic White House Cliffs. At night read the firmament using the constellation charts sold at the visitors’ center. First come, first served.