Recreation & Annual Events

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The City of Barstow boasts seven ballparks, 12 play areas, an outdoor pool, bowling alley, two golf courses, and tennis courts. The community center offers a gym, weight room, arts and craft facilities, handball and racquetball courts, aerobics and sauna rooms. The Robert A Sessions Sportspark includes six ball fields (all with electronic scoreboards), two soccer fields, volleyball courts, batting cages, a covered in-line roller hockey arena and two concession areas. Click here for more information on the City's Parks & Recreation programs and services.

The immediate Barstow area offers a wide range of recreational activities for its residents and visitors alike, including organized youth and adult sports/activities through the Barstow Park & Recreation District and other organizations, as well as camping, hunting, off-roading, desert exploring, including viewing of seasonal wild flowers, geological points of interest and petroglyphs.

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Areas
There are five major BLM areas around Barstow with more than 144,000 acres open to OHV recreational use. Located about 7 miles south of Barstow off Interstate 15, Stoddard Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) is one of the most popular OHV areas. Stoddard Valley contains a variety of landscapes for off-highway vehicles and often hosts competitive OHV events within this area.

Barstow is a healthy, vibrant city that promotes a true spirit of community throughout the year. Annual community events which provide residents of all ages with a variety of entertainment, some of which include:

Chamber's Annual Community Awards Banquet (January)

Calico Ghost Town Civil War Re-enactment (February) 

Annual Barstow Mojave Trail Days (March)

Miss Barstow Pageant (March/April)

Earth Day(April)

Community Clean Up Day/Free Dump Day (April)

New Mexico Chili Cook Off and Belen Fiestas (April)

March of Dimes Walk America (April)

Cinco de Mayo Celebration sponsored at Barstow Community College (May)

Calico Ghost Town Bluegrass Hootenanny (May-Mother's Day Weekend) 

Barstow Law Enforcement Community Day (May)

Mojave River Valley Museum BBQ (May)

Juneteenth event at Sturnacle Park sponsored by the Arts and Industrial Group (June)

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life (June)

Fourth of July celebration at the Robert A. Sessions Sportspark 

Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts' Freedom 250 (July)

Kids Care Fair (August)

Barstow Community College Foundation BBQ Fundraiser (September)

Main Street USA Run Car Show (September)

PRCA Rodeo in Yermo (September)

Calico Days (October) 

Barstow High School Aztecs Band Field Show (October)

Rail & Craft Fest for WARM Museum (October)

Tanger's Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show (October)

Community Clean Up Day/Free Dump Day (October)

Calico Ghost Town Ghost Haunt (October) 

Mardi Gras Parade on Main Street (October)

Calico Ghost Town Heritage Fest (November) 

Ft. Irwin March to Veterans Home (December)

Christmas Cops & Kids (December)

Christmas Festival of Lights at Barstow Community College (December)

Harvey House Holiday (December)