Does anyone know what are the laws or if you can legally shoot in the dessert? Is there anyplace to call or go online to find out?
Generally speaking, State and National Parks and Monuments do not allow firearms for any reason. Most cities and towns do not allow shooting within city limits. My advice would be to call the police department or agency that has juristiction of the area and ask them.
Years ago, I was shooting in an area outside of Folsom, CA. A Sacramento County Sheriff came by and told me, although I was way out in the boonies, the area was still within Folsom city limits... and discharging a firearm was not allowed within city limits. He let me and my Dad go with a friendly warning....
The boss Ranger in this area is somewhat anti-gun, even though her employees aren't, so follow the rules.
There is a members-only range in the area that boasts shotgun, NRA rifle out to 1,000 yards, NRA pistol, and practical pistol ranges. You have to join and pay an initiation fee, plus a yearly membership fee, but it's a really nice place. Contact the Desert Marksmen Rifle and Pistol Club in Palmdale or Lancaster, and find out how to join.
Thanks guys. I went to BLM web site and found the area near Barstow, I'll give it a try next week.