Traveling two hours or less outside of Fort Irwin, opens a world of fun possibilities! Whether it’s shopping, skiing, hiking, or camping, Southern California has a lot to offer! See below for activity information.

Fort Irwin area

Goldstone Deep Space Communications Network, located within the boundaries of Fort Irwin, conducts tours at the Goldstone museum where three large areas are dedicated to current missions, past missions, and Deep Space Network history. The guided tour then travels around the 53-square-mile complex to view the large antennas and Operations. All tours must be scheduled in advance.” Website:, email:, tel. 760-255-8688.


The City of Barstow is located in the Inland Empire North region of San Bernardino County, midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Barstow is centrally located in the western Mojave Desert at the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve and is home to the U.S. Army National Training Center at Ft. Irwin; Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow; NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Network and BNSF’s classification yard. One of the few remaining Harvey Houses is also located in Barstow.

Tanger Outlets (Barstow)

Tanger Outlets boasts the best in discount shopping. Tanger Outlets features stores like Banana Republic, Kate Spade , Nine West, Coach, Gap, Loft, Reebok and much more.

Calico Ghost Town (Barstow Area)

Calico was developed in 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. Located at the side of towering King Mountain, the town was named for the variety of colors in the mountain that were “as purty as a gal’s calico skirt.” Calico boomed during 1881-1896; but the end came to the silver rush in 1896 and by 1904 Calico had become a ghost town.

Today the historic silver mining town lives on as one of the few original Old West mining camps. One-third of Calico’s original structures still stand; the remaining buildings have been carefully reconstructed to capture the Old West spirit. Walk Main Street and experience the life of the townspeople; see the blacksmith shop, the old school house, and do a little gold panning of your own.


Approximately one hour from Fort Irwin, Victorville is located in the Victor Valley of western San Bernardino County. Victorville is the current home of the California Route 66 Museum and the San Bernardino County Fair.

The Mall of Victor Valley (Victorville) has dining and shopping options. For hours & location call (760) 241-3145.

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake, California is well-known as a wonderful getaway within hours of the major metropolitan areas of Southern California. The natural beauty attracts boating enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers, runners, snowboarders, skiers and vacationing families. The small-town atmosphere is a refreshing change from the high-traffic lifestyle down the hill. People from all over the world come to visit this historic mountain valley community to take in the amazing scenery and the clean, crisp mountain air.

Silverwood Lake

Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam. At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project. The park features hiking trails, swimming beaches and designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing. The lake has trout, large mouth bass, catfish and bluegill. There is a marina with a launching ramp, boat and equipment rentals, and a store. The park has picnic areas, including three that can only be reached by boat. The lake attracts waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. Canada Geese and an occasional bald eagle can be seen in the area.