Took a couple of different vehicles out hiking/ camping in the SOCAL or Mexican desert circa 1990s. Always a good adventure back then. I think that I would still enjoy it from November to April. Outside of that time frame, a bit too hot for an over-nighter. I haven't been on a trip for a while having moved to North Central CA. But, the 2008 H3A is still in good shape. Really, it is outfitted more for overland than as a rock crawler. So, might be a good fit.