It's away from the city lights, where stars light up the night sky and peace abounds.


This is the story of the scene at Mojave River Forks Regional Park, located off of Arrowhead Lake Road on Highway 173 and operated by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors' Regional Parks department.


"Not a whole lot to do out here, but if you want peace and quiet, serenity and stars, it's gorgeous at night," said General Services Worker Cathy Bates, who has worked at Mojave River Forks nine of her 16 years with the county.


People like being away in the quiet but also enjoy the ability to get groceries nearby without having a long drive, Park Superintendent Rae McBryant said.


"I tell everybody there are free showers, fire pits and stars and it's quiet, very quiet," seasonal worker Jeff Dustin said.


The camping area plus the trails for hiking and horses cover about 1,100 acres of land, according to Bates.


Across from the park is equestrian camping and although they don't have corrals there are restrooms and water available for campers, Bates said.


Visitors with an interest in hiking can hike outside the park on the Pacific Crest Trail.


Dustin said the PCT is down the street and stretches 2,000 miles from Mexico to Canada.


There's some uncertainty of the park's original history, but there are stone houses that were left behind.


"I have heard that it was a ranch at one time," said McBryant, who started as a Park Ranger 34 years ago and oversees Mojave Narrows Regional Park and Mojave River Forks. "The stone buildings used to be part of the ranch and the property belongs to (United States) Army Corps of Engineers."


A woman who visited the park said she wanted to see the "rock houses" because her great-grandfather, who worked at the cattle ranch, had built and lived in the houses, Bates said.


Out of the nine regional parks the county operates, two are located in the High Desert: Mojave River Forks in Hesperia and Mojave Narrows in Victorville.


According to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors' Regional Parks Operations Manager Troy Burton, for the past two years low occupancy has caused the park to close during the winter months of November through February. He said the park would be closed those months this year as well.


The park opens in March and stays open through October, Burton said.


"As we get more people interested and signed up through online registration we definitely would keep it open," Burton said.


Mojave River Forks is located at 18395 Highway 173 and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 760-389-2322 or visit the county Regional Park website at CMS.SBCounty.Gov/Parks.