Newberry Springs, California, United States
Mojave Oasis was opened in Spring 2011, in Newberry Springs, by Amy Boylan (Queen Kamehameha on Tiki Central).
The concept was definitely influenced by the 1960s Lake Loreen's Blue Lagoon (which was located in Newberry Springs and was also situated on a man-made lake and had a plane called "The Tiki Bird").
Newberry Springs is a very isolated area, located 20 mi (32 km) east of Barstow, approximately 40 mi (64 km) due west of the Mojave National Preserve, and approximately 100 mi (160 km) south of Death Valley National Park.
Mojave Oasis was a private campground centered around a small pond/lake with both tent and trailer camping.
In addition to vintage trailers which could be rented, the property had paddle boats for going out on the lake, a wrecked vintage plane (The Tiki Bird), dozens of vintage tikis (some from Benzart Davis and some from Ben Wilson who ran the old El Tiki) and new carvings (like the carved mermaids by Tiki Ray for instance), a clam shell roofed bar (The Mermaid Lounge) and a hut called The Rapa Nui Roost -- both created by Danny Gallardo (Tiki Diablo), and an A-frame stage for live music performances.
Camp spaces could be rented out by appointment and Amy also held an annual Mojave Oasis event.
Financial difficulties forced the closing and sale of the property in 2016.
I camped here with my family in a tent and took part in the cocktail contest, where I won Second Place for a Garam Masala based concoction. The prize was a bottle of Asom Broso Tequila and a cool tiki pendant. Joseph, my son, really enjoyed fishing during the event. It was a great weekend, overall!