For those who live in the Barstow area, is it safe to say that the Santa Ana winds don't really kick up until end of winter and throughout spring?
In all my years of high desert camping, the worst winds seem to kick up between March and June.
Heat gets bad between July and October.
Late October through February always seems pretty good as long as you've got an RV/tent/warm sleeping bag. Bugs don't seem to be so bad either.
No reliable way to predict weather patterns several months out, but I like the Oct-Feb window for a mini-ZS.
Then of course I've never been to one, so I'm just throwin' my .02 in as an "event newbie".