The iconic views and vistas that most people imagine about California are real.
The beaches are idyllic, Hollywood is a dream and the scenic vistas are heavenly. - and then, there's the traffic!!
Box Canyon, Mecca, California
This is an interesting stop to make when driving between Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea.
Look out for the signs to Box Canyon in the direction of a dirt road. The signage will state that the roads are recommend for 4 wheel drive vehicles only,, but when we were on the road in December 2015, it was quite fine for our truck and trailer to take the five mile (plus minus) road towards the canyon. On the way to the Canyon, you will see some pullouts that look like they could easily be used as a good boondocking spots. However, we chose to drive directly to the Canyon parking lot, where we found a suitable overnight camping location right beside the parking area. There may be some tent campers overnighting with you, so bear in mind that considering there are no restroom facilities, you could encounter some rather unpleasant 'droppings' in the bushes around the area.
Despit the horrors of the restroom issues, we loved being here just because of the easy walk into the canyon and also along the dry river bed, both of which are towered over by steep cliffs. This stop is a photographers dream, especially when the shadows move behind the cliffs and the sunset or sunrise changes the color of the sky.
The canyon is very isolated, especially when the other campers have left and you are left on your own with no cell signal and no television reception. We didn't mind the isolation for a couple of nights, but it does get a little eerie after a few days. Also bear in mind that you would be camping on a dry river bed, which is susceptible to flash flooding, so make sure you know the current weather conditions before going into the canyon.