In my opinion, this is the best campground in JTNP for a medium to large RV. We stayed here and at Cottonwood and we also drove through Jumbo Rocks. Black Rock and Ryan. Our 32' fifth wheel barely fit into a site at Cottonwood, but it was nice, if isolated. I don't think we could have fit into more than a couple sites at Jumbo Rocks and none at Ryan. Black Rock is just ugly. Belle is small, but about 7 of the 18 sites could accommodate a large RV. Our site was pull-through (a 40' trailer could have fit in it) and right next to a beautiful rock formation about 50 feet high. The views are stupendous of the desert all around (unlike Jumbo Rocks where the rocks are cool but there are no views due to the uneven terrain). It is quiet and there is nice space between sites unlike Jumbo Rocks. Belle is also pretty convenient to many good hiking trails and features of the park. We have been camping nearly full-time for three years and Belle was one of the top 2-3 campgrounds we have ever experienced. Get here early in the week to have any chance of getting a site, especially for a big rig. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My second stay at Belle in Joshua Tree National Park. I prefer it to the other campgrounds because of it's seclusion. It's also the smallest campground in the park with only 18 sites. Makes it nice and quiet. If you want to climb and boulder, you can do it right here or you can travel a short distance to another area in the park to do that. Saw no kids as usual. There are no 40 footers in here, they couldn't make it around the boulders. There is no water, thus no showers in campground. You get a table, bbq and firepit at your site. You also get some awesome views out into the wilderness of Joshua Tree in every direction. It is located within minutes of everything there is to do and see in Joshua Tree. Be sure and reserve a tour of the historic Keys ranch, it is very interesting. Spent 5 wonderful days and hopefully will return again soon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Belle Campground is an awesome place if you are looking for the ultimate in dry camping with marked spots and few amenities. The desert scenery is fantastic. This is one of the smallest campgrounds in the National Park with only 18 spots. Ryan Campground one mile away with 15 spots, is the smallest. You can get big rigs into Belle but carefully through the narrow entrance. I have a 15' travel trailer and was able to maneuver through the campground quite easily. Campground does not get a lot of people driving through to just take a look, which is nice. There is a trail accessible from the campground but it is not a trail head. There is rock climbing in the campground if that is what your into and is fun to watch. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site but there is no water in the campground so come prepared. You can run a generator from 7AM-9AM, 12PM-2PM and 5PM-7PM. There are no showers. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful park but there is not plenty of room for big rigs here. The entrance is surprisingly narrow - between 2 rocks in the ground. An easy fix and would be a big improvement to slightly widen this. We have a 39' motorhome and there was an identical one to ours at the park as well. Both of us had problems finding and fitting into our spots. They were very tight. The only spot big enough for a large RV is directly next to another campground - and there was a big group there. We stayed near the entrance, which was a bit of a drag because of the constant flow of traffic going by us. We went off-season and were told we'd have the park to ourselves, but there was a constant flow of vehicles and a fair amount of campers. Some people come tie up a campground just to rock climb, so we lost a potentially better spot not realizing this until it was too late. Surroundings are beautiful. No water or dump anywhere nearby that we could find. Closest one within the park was Cottonwood - about 45 minutes away. The park rangers didn't know of any local dump stations. Look into this before you go if you want to stay more than a few nights. We ran out of water after 3 nights and lost the opportunity to stay. No Verizon cell range anywhere in the park - had to drive to the service road about 2 miles away for range. Very secluded - no ranger presence. We will return but certainly not during the busy season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stunning high desert beauty. Great sunsets and sunrises. No services. Fill your water tank and go Boondocking. Plenty of space for our 39' fifth wheel & truck. There are several sites with plenty of room for big rigs. There is a turn around at the far end. Costs $10 to get into the park (going up to $15 soon) and $5 to camp. No water. So quiet at night its unreal. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our first visit to Joshua Tree National Park and will definitely visit it again. We love boondocking, and this campground is perfect for it. We were in Site #20, which was a bit uneven, but surrounded by the wonderful Joshua Trees on either side. Friendly host and there is a nice trail that starts within the campground. The road approaching the campground is horrid--it desperately needs repaving. The rate we paid is a discount with our America the Beautiful Annual Pass. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The last 1/4 mile of city road before the park is terrible!! Numerous DEEP potholes and broken pavement....be careful. Interior roads are not any better, they haven't been paved in many years. Tight turns throughout, trees need trimming, tuff for big rigs, but do-able if you are careful. Once in your site, it's a nice place to camp. We stayed 7 days, and the bathrooms were only cleaned ONCE!!! Very disgusting. There was feces on the toilet seats, vomit on the floors. ( when I mentioned it to the ranger, he just said they are short-handed, and couldn't look me in the eye.) The Host, Gene, was very friendly and helpful. He got things done. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The short gravel road to the entrance is a shocker with deep and wide potholes. Dump station and to fill your water tank is $5. Not all sites are level. 3 that are OK are 11, 13, 15. You can make a booking online. If you arrive on a first come, first served basis you are able to stay 2 nights confirmed and if you wish to stay longer you check each morning with the Ranger to see if the site has been booked for the next day before you can extend your stay. The west entrance to the National Park is 14 miles away. Good hiking trails (not in the National Park) are close by. The campground was quiet, has an elevated aspect, and often at dusk you hear coyotes singing. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wednesday, April 17 – Joshua Tree National Park – Black Rock Campground. This campground is located in the northwest of part Joshua Tree National Park. You have to leave the Park and then drive in from Yucca Valley. It is the closest campground from the Palm Springs area, and the Visitor Center was very busy. Some of the reviews for the campground have not been good but we loved it. It is set up in the mountains with views of the valley below. Joshua Trees are in all the sites. A number of bath houses and not pits. No hookups but water was available around the campground. Check in was fast, but it takes place at the Nature Center, and after hours you have a self check in. Not all sites are level, but you can find level sites even for big rigs. There are 99 sites for $15 per night and half of that if you have a pass. The campground is big with sites in eight different roads. The sites at the top have excellent views. There is even a horse camp at this campground. The one negative is the drive in. Once you get off Joshua Lane, the two little roads in are filled with potholes that really need to be fixed. This campground is one of two at the National Park that does take reservations. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is the least attractive in the Joshua Tree park. The pavement is broken and the humps and potholes make it difficult to get into the sites. You actually look out and see residential homes. We just spent a week in Belle, Jumbo Rocks and Cottonwood and looked at all the other camps. All are nice except this one. We are terribly disappointed, but it is too many miles back so were staying the night. The cost is 50% higher and you are not in a pretty area or even near the park attractions. You can get water at the two visitor centers. They keep vault toilets nice in other campgrounds. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed Thursday and Friday nights in the middle of October. Very few campers on Thursday. Surprisingly, there were still a few unoccupied sites on Friday. We drove in around 10 PM and got lost because of the ups and downs and curvy roads within the campground. Fortunately, we found the cordial and friendly camp host who walked us to our site. When we were there, the temperature ranged from the low 50s to the low 80s, sunny with some dark clouds, and a light breeze during the day. Black Rock has 9 water spigots spread throughout 99 sites. Water is free. We stayed in site 20 which is a pull through site. We were able to level front to back without using leveling blocks, but we did not have enough blocks to level side to side. I would suggest spending 2 to 5 minutes at the Nature Center to learn about the history of the park. Black Rock does not charge the $15 entry fee that the other 3 entrances charge. If you wish to visit the rest of the park, the $15 entry fee is good for 7 days. Dump fee is $5. The downsides: I don't like the desert, Black Rock doesn't have the spectacular rock formations like some of the other campgrounds, and the entrance road is full of potholes. Touring tip: Skull Rock, about half way between the West and the North Entrances, can be easily seen by standing in the blue handicap walkway across the street from the Skull Rock Trail sign and by looking directly above the Skull Rock Trail sign. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We paid golden age passport rate. Regular rate is $15. This campground has older sites perhaps intended for tent camping, so larger motor-homes or 5th wheels with slide-out could have trouble. Site were irregularly shaped and many were not level or difficult to get level. The roads in and near the campground were in poor shape with erosion and potholes. Weather here can be cold and windy. Views of the Joshua Trees were scenic. Various hiking trails lead out from the campground. The rangers in the nature center were cheerful, helpful and friendly. Sites had picnic tables and fire rings with grills. No ranger talks at this location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A fabulous national park campground. It is easily in our top 10. The rangers recommended a couple great hikes that kept us away from the crowds. The campground is accessed off a separate road, not the main road through the park, so there is quite a bit of driving if you want to see the view points. There are other CG's that looked nice, but this is the only one with water on the north side of the park. It's a beautiful spot. It's worth trying to make a reservation. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We came here to do some stargazing. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy and rainy weekend. I did luck out one morning at 4am during daddy duty when I stepped outside and got a great view of the night sky with a new moon. The wind was really strong, jostling our trailer and upending some neighboring tents. The strong winds also prevail on the roads leading here. Everybody was friendly and the scenery was great. Sites are far from level. Once was enough for us. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We'd visited Black Rock before with a rental motorhome and also camped at Cottonwood Springs in a Roadtrek but this was my first time towing a vehicle (32' Jamboree towing a Scion xD). On our first time around the lower loop (no pull throughs there--they're in the upper part of the campground) I didn't turn tight enough at the campground exit and had to back up the motorhome. We quickly unhooked the tow vehicle and drove them in separately. I did the same thing when leaving from the dump station (though I wasn't towing the vehicle). We had the lower section of the campground virtually to ourselves because of the cold weather and it was midweek. The Short Loop Trail was nice. Star gazing was excellent, though chilly. The dump station was $5 and the park entrance was $15. Few of the sites seem level but the plastic step levelers got us close enough. We drove the car through the Jumbo Rocks campground and found plenty of big motorhomes and trailers using slide outs. We might try that next time. Cottonwood Springs has been closed since September 2011 when flooding and the presence of mercury from old mining operations shut it down. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The Joshua trees spread amongst the camp sites makes this park a beauty. Sites are not on top of one another. I rate this park high because of its beauty. At 4,000+ feet, the night sky is great. Some other camps in Joshua Tree National Park are very sparten. On site is a horse camp, a plus for those who have their own horses. Nice hiking trails enhance enjoyment of the park. Well worth the turn off of Rt. 62 west of Twenty Nine Palms. As with most National parks, there's not hookups but there is a dump station and some potable water taps spread through the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It’s hard to know how to rate this campground. Joshua Trees is a must-see gem in the national park system. There are fantastic hikes through the dense joshua tree forests around Black Rock and unbelievably beautiful rock formations with hikes to spectacular vistas in the rest of the park. Yet our stay here was miserable due to snow, rain, and below freezing temperatures inside the RV, as well as outside. The campgrounds inside the park are a 10 for tents, truck campers, and small trailers, but are not big rig friendly with small unlevel sites and potholed roads. We chose the Black Rock campground as one more likely to accommodate our 32’ fifth wheel. The ranger was very friendly and helpful in directing us to the few sites where we could fit. With a smaller rig, our choices would have been huge as there was almost no one else in the campground. The spot we knew we could get in most easily was reserved for later in the week (a weekend reservation), even at this time of year with the rotten weather. So if a bigger spot is needed, make reservations early. Driving around the park the next day, we found a few spots in other campgrounds (first come, first served) that we might have gotten into with a lot of cursing and stress on the marriage, but they were taken. We had planned to stay longer than two nights, but couldn’t take the cold. Lessons learned for a return trip: (1) go in the spring or fall and (2) try the BLM area on the other side of the freeway from the Cottonwood campground/South Entrance which is supposed to be better suited for bigger rigs. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Typically fabulous National Park campground. Our site did require some leveling. RV dump and water are available in the campground. Many beautiful Joshua trees and junipers. Flush toilets but no showers. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you know all you're getting is a place to park the RV and you're entirely self-sufficient, the relatively high rating makes sense. The roads are in fairly bad shape, including the approach access, but it helps keep the speeds down, so was fine by us. I didn't see any sites that were level side to side or front to back. We actually moved around in our site after maxing out the tongue jack. BUT, it's a superb location at the edge of Joshua Tree, with direct access to several hiking trails, and made a great base camp to explore the rest of the National Park. Very clean restrooms, no showers, clean dump area with two drains and fresh water fill. If we pass through again, this is on our list for sure. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our rate reflects the senior pass discount. This is a Joshua Tree National Park campground. It’s located at the northwest corner of the park. Access is not from the park roads, so you do not have to pay a park entrance fee in addition to the campground fee. It’s about 5 miles south of CA-62. There are no hookups. There are modern restrooms, but no showers. There is a dump station. Loops are paved, but in poor condition. Sites are compacted sand. They are not level. We used a couple of leveling blocks on each front tire. We stayed at site #25. This is along the western outer loop. The view behind us was nature. The eastern outer loop has views of houses off in the distance. This is a very scenic desert campground, and there are plenty of Joshua Trees here. Most sites are back in sites. The campground has some pull through sites. Some sites are too close to each other. This is especially true for the back to back inner loop sites. The campground was only a quarter full on the Tuesday we stayed, so we had no privacy problems. The sites include a fire ring/grill combo and cement picnic tables. We stayed only 1 night as a stopover, on a longer trip, heading home. We would stay here again. We are now motivated to make a trip just to see the park, perhaps staying at one of the campgrounds further inside the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were volunteers in this campground for the winter season of 2011. Being a national park it does not have any hook ups, but does have clean rest rooms without showers. There are several sites large enough for 40+ motor home/fifth wheels that are pull through. They also have a few sites that are large enough that are back ins. The campground is located about 6 miles from the main West entrance of Joshua Tree NP. The campground itself has the best hiking in all of the park, trails well maintained and marked with Joshua Trees, Juniper Trees,and Yucca Plants. The views form this campground are spectacular with Yucca Valley to the North and the canyons to the South. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice NPS campground. No hookups, but has water and dump station available for $5. Short area of road immediately in front of entrance is pretty chewed up. Campground itself is very scenic. Lots of vegetation and small critters. Many hiking trails leave right from the cg. Bathrooms in the visitor center, are very clean. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very nice campgruond with nice hiking trails near the urban areas but within a National Park. We camped on Sunday evening and the place was pretty empty. I really enjoyed this place despite a lot of wind during our stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate is with a Senior Pass 50% discount. This is a NPS campground with a few pull through sites for larger rigs. No hookups, the site was not level and required extra leveling devices to level the coach. Campground is more suitable for tents, tent trailers and smaller travel travel trailers. Sites can be reserved and we noted the better RV sites, meaning level sites, often had a small tent in them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a nice but aged campground. The roads were highly deteriorated and the sites while mostly (if not all?) pull through were not particularly level. The campground was practically empty (the section we were in at least) but if it were not we would have been very close to our neighbor. As it was the guy 2 spaces down ran his loud Honda exterior generator every second that was allowed. He would fire it up about 5 mins before “Generator Time” and turn it off when the ranger or camp host came by to tell him to. It wasn’t hot, so I’m not sure what he was running other then the TV? We used this time to go hiking both days we were there. The cost was $15 per night, and an additional $5 to dump on the way out. I was fine with the price; the hiking was very nice and outstanding views of the valley. The place is pretty local to us and I wouldn’t mind going again next February/March. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you like camping in the desert, and you want a quiet, peaceful place without OHVs and motorcycles, then this is the place for you! Blackrock Campground is incredibly close to civilization (only about 5 miles from the small town of Joshua Tree), but it boasts the many splendors of desert wilderness life and a sky full of stars at night. The peace and quiet is occasionally interrupted by the hum of Marine Corps helicopters flying to the Twentynine Palms Marine Base (approximately 25 miles from the campground). Make sure you can deal with "boon docking," for there is water at the sites but no electricity and only one sewage dump site. Also, you can only run your generator between 7-9 AM, 12-2 PM, and 5-7 PM. There are numerous trails for novice and intermediate hiking, and the campground is less than 30 minutes from the other noteworthy site within the National Park. Even though you will be a paid camper, you will still need to pay for a pass to drive through the rest of the Park. If you're into views, the you must check out Keys View (on the southwest part of the park). Keys View offers an awesome view of the San Gregornio Mountains and Palm Springs. Be sure to check out the Visitor Center and get literature on the park, and enjoy yourself! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We enjoyed Joshua Tree very much. One of my favorite places to rock climb and the unmaintained roads in the park are fun to take the jeep on. This campground is on the edge of the park and it takes about an hour to drive to Jumbo Rock. At the CG we had a lot of trouble getting our 40 foot rig into and out of the site and park. The roads are crumbling in and up to the park when you reach the end of the city roads and turns are very tight in the park. You are however in the desert in a national park that is not designed for big rigs. Joshua Tree is amazing but I prefer tent camping there. We would camp here again. Just not in the motor home. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Cottonwood Springs for 4 nights before moving North to Belle. This campground was isolated and quiet, but it had water and a dump station. The trail to Cottonwood Springs is closed and it is quite far from other sights of the park, so there is not much to do here. It is a terrific place to relax and wander around the desert. Our 32' fifth wheel barely fit in one of the back-in spaces (we had to park our truck by the restrooms) but this was a better option than the "pull-through" sites, which were just too narrow to put out our slides safely. If you want a choice of sites, you need to arrive between Sunday and Thursday during the peak season. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Be advised, if you have a slideout and can't back into a site for a 25' trailer, you are out of luck. The so-called pull through sites are wide spots on the curvy loop roads, and with rocks that prohibit "cheating" by pulling your wheels into the sand, you cannot extend a slide without being in the roadway. We had to leave. Some kind of warning on the NPS website, or when we called them would have saved us an hour. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Big thanks to the camp host who posted the earlier review. As stated, this is the last camp to fill up. Tried Jumbo and Belle but they were long since full. Spring Break is no different than any other peak weekend. Campers show up on Thursday evening to grab a spot. Most of them leave Sunday morning. Our 29 footer fit in one of the back in spots with room on the side for our truck. Nice and quiet, even though full. Great hiking. Hope to return again to Jumbo or Belle for easier access to boulder climbing for the kids. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Full disclosure - we've been Campground Hosts here for the last two months. Thought we'd share a few notes for those wishing to visit Cottonwood Spring: This campground is much quieter and has a good bit more "elbow" room per site than most of the other campgrounds in JTNP. Cottonwood Campground fills up last as it's the most remote in terms of distance from civilization. When all of the more northern sites in JTNP have filled up, Cottonwood will frequently still have sites. Fair warning though, the sites are all first come, first serve with the exception of the three group sites located at the entry to Cottonwood. All of the sites have paved pads, none are exactly what you'd call "level". Bring leveling boards with you. There is a black/grey water dump and water fill station available in the Park right next to the Campground. Currently the dump fee is $5. The longest coach we've had in here was 40'. There are several sites that accommodate that size rig, however as other posters have noted, you may not be able to safely extend your drivers side slideouts as the "pull-out" pads are not all that wide. We'd strongly suggest that you drop your toad before entering the campground. No, firewood is not available in the Park, but fire rings are provided. Don't even think of collecting wood in the Park!!! There is plenty to do in the immediate area of Cottonwood. The southern location in the Park also makes for a good base to explore the rest of the Park while still experiencing the quiet beauty of the desert. As of Dec 2012, there is no cell phone or Wi-Fi available in the campground. This has been one of the nicest places we've ever had the opportunity to visit, let alone explore for the last few months and would highly recommend that you take the time to visit Joshua Tree NP. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Roads were paved, BUT watch out if you're in a low ground clearance MH. Speed bumps are also storm water crossings. Sites are back-in and pullout, not pull throughs. Well kept with nice National Park camping atmosphere. There is generator run times, then quiet hours. We will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great place to be at this time of year. After the spring rains everything is in bloom, and the temperatures are still moderate. We enjoyed many great hikes, a nice trip through the park, and some neat walking tours. We have stayed at Indian Cove, too, and if you have the time to try both, do so as there are two unique deserts here, each with its own diversity. The nightly fee does not include the park entrance fee of $15, and if you show up after they close the office just pay the park fee the next day - they were very courteous about it. For camping there is a drop box and the camp hosts will check to see if you paid. Some items of note. As other reviewers have said, this is a first come place. The pull throughs are not pull through - they are pull outs and narrow at that - if you want to use your slides, you will probably not be able to here (unless they are on your passenger side). The back in spots are great though, and if you find a good one you can navigate your rear end over the rocks and fit in nicely (we have a 34ft motorhome). Here we were able to put out both slides. Also, there is no phone service here; you are about four miles back to Hwy 10 to get a signal, and there's no pay phone either. Park entrance fees are also cash only (although the general store - books and maps - takes credit cards manually). Bring plenty of water as this is dry and desert. There are several potable water sources in the park as well. We did here just like Indian Cove in that we came empty and filled our tanks at the dump station ($5) - saved a lot of gas not hauling 75 gallons of water. Then dumped on the way out, too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Typical National Park Service campground. No services. Water faucet nearby. Beautiful desert setting. Great star viewing at night. Many of the sites are "pull-out" or "pull-over" that are long enough for big rigs but are not quite wide enough. We brought in our "street-side" slideouts in each night because they extended out into the roadway a few inches and I was afraid some errant driver might hit one. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is the only campground in Joshua Tree National Park located on the south-side of the park. It is located within the Colorado Desert side of the park. There are 62 sites in two loops. The sites are all dry. There are flush toilets and sinks with cold water only. There is a trail head within the 1/4 mile leading to some exceptional desert hiking where you may view the remnants of an old mill site, mine and a palm oasis. If you're lucky you'll see some big horn sheep getting a drink. There is also a trail to Mastodon Peak with some exceptional views of the Salton Sea and the Coachella Valley. There is a dump station. This campground is big rig friendly with spaces up to 55'. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice campground. Not as dramatic as Jumbo Rocks but does have water and a dump station. Typical "desert" campground. We had to drive around a bit to find a nice level campsite but did find one. This campground is more amenable for longer rigs if you have one. Again for $15 it can't be beat. Very nice rangers. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Tuesday, April 16 – Indian Cove Campground. This campground is located in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. It is one of eight campgrounds in the park plus you can wilderness camp but need to check at the Visitor Centers. Indian Cove is in the northern section of the park, and one must drive out towards Twenty-Nine Palms and then off of route 62 take the Indians Cove road to drive back into the park about 3 or more miles. The reason we selected this campground is that it is one of two that accepts reservations in the park. There were 101 one sites located among the rocks with fancy pit toilets located all over. No water or electricity in the park. Sites can be tight, but there are sites that can hold RV’s, but nothing I saw that would take a 35 foot or larger RV. We have a 25ft RV, and our site 53 was a tight squeeze. The park is beautiful with rocks all over. All sites were in the rocks and there are hiking trails and rock climbing areas throughout this campground and the park. This campground is near Twenty Nine Palms for services. We drove up from the south entering near Cottonwood campground and there is a single lane stretch of over 13 miles that you have a lead car that takes you. Heading north the lead car takes off every hour and half hour, and coming down from the north it goes every quarter past and forty five minutes past the hour. Speed limit is 25 but our lead car took off at 40 going over tar, rocks, loose gravel and by construction crews. Watch out for stones hitting your windshield from the car in front. On our way we passed two other campgrounds, White Tank and Belle (smaller than Indian Cove), and we could have fit in there. We also drove into Jumbo Rocks Campground, and that one was stunning and there were some sites in there we could have fit in. They have a limit there of 30 feet. Those campgrounds are first come first serve and Jumbo Rocks on a Tuesday was almost full. Over the weekend all campgrounds were full and campers had to park in an overflow area near Twenty Nine Palms. There are three main visitor centers at the entrances, and all of them have different exhibits. The Twenty Nine Palms Visitor Center also has the Mara Oasis located there. Black Rock, Cottonwood, and Indian Cove cost $15 per night and the others $10. If you have a pass, your entrance to the park is free and the camping is 50% off. Nice spot to camp, and in April the nights are still cold. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have visited Joshua Tree National Park several times but had never stayed in this campground before. We have a 32' motorhome and tow a Subaru Forester. I would not recommend this campground to anyone driving this sort of set-up. The roads inside the campground were extremely rough and had been made even worse by heavy rains that had fallen just prior to our visit. We found only two or three sites that we felt were suitable for a rig of our size. The area is nice enough, but not as pretty as Jumbo Rocks in my opinion and Jumbo Rocks has more spaces that work for larger rigs and is more convenient to the rest of the park. Be aware that there are no hook-ups of any kind nor any water or dump station at Indian Cove. There are pit toilets, but no showers. This is a dry camping experience, so come prepared. As others have said, generator hours are very limited. I would recommend this campground to anyone tent camping or using a small trailer or truck camper, but not to anyone with a large rig. We would not stay here again. We paid $7.50 with our Golden Age pass, for others the fee is $15 a night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here while the massive rain storms were hitting Southern California and we got some light rain, lots of wind and great weather. The interesting thing here is the weather is different than Joshua Tree, so don't be discouraged - It's beautiful. We were one of two RVs (the other our friends) as this is totally dry camping. Pay attention to generator run times, there is no water (except at ranger station) and the nearest dump is at Blackrock - about a 10 mile trip. We found out on leaving that it's only $5 to dump at Blackrock and they have drinking water too, so from now on we'll come empty, fill, camp then dump too ($10 vs. using all the fuel to haul 75 gallons of water). This is on the North end of the park and a long hike can get you into more of the park and if you drive in you still have to pay the $15 fee. There are lot's of climbers here, great rocks to scramble over and at night it's so quiet you can hear someone breathe 10 ft away. We'll definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park. Rangers were very helpful. CG sites are located among big boulders. Most have fire pits. Bathrooms (pit style) are about every 40 feet and clean. Great place to camp with kids. They had a blast climbing on the rocks. Generators are allowed 3 specified times a day for 2 hrs each. Ranger will let you know the times you can use them. There is no water in the CG. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A great CG in Joshua Tree NP. The sites are situated within the boulders and large rock formations. The Rangers were good to work with when we had issues with sites. There is no water available within the CG, but is at the Ranger Station 2 miles away. For the price, this is an excellent value for family camping We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a wonderful national park! We came on Sunday and the visitors center said there were about a dozen sites available at Jumbo rocks. We went directly to the campground to claim a site and found many more were available. It is in the heart of the park with a ton of beautiful trails and scenery a short distance away. Just the campground itself is great, with the large bolders all around the sites. We found a spot to fit our 25' trailer and parked the truck beside it. These spots have 2 together so anything much longer would not fit. Spots generally are small as they cater to tent camping but there were many rv's staying there. Next time though we would pay for 2 spots so that we are guaranteed the room to hook up when we leave. No problems this time as the guy who took the spot next to use just needed to park his truck there so we had room. I would love to stay there again as it is a jewel of a park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful scenery and setting. We stayed for 7 nights and could not get enough of being right in the heart of the National Park. Busy campground that seems to fill up any night of the week in March with mostly tenters. Only a dozen or so sites that you can pull into comfortably with a trailer or motor home. The best sites are pull outs along the main road towards the end of the park. Lots of traffic coming in an out of the park all day so you feel like your are on the interstate with all the vehicles passing by your site constantly. Our last night once the sun went down there were some shady characters parking their deadbeat vehicles in other peoples sites and wandering into the bush trying to camp for free. We were sure to lock up all of our stuff as we had a feeling anything not secured would be gone in the morning. We stayed site #71 - probably the most secluded and private of all the sites for an RV. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful campground. But it is really popular, even on a weekday. We were really lucky to get in as were were in a 31ft rig, and you can't reserve. We just planned on ensuring that we arrived in the morning. The campsites are between the boulders so even when you go off to explore they are hardly visible. The kids (2 and 4) had an amazing time climbing over the boulders and so did we. We visited in March which was perfect weather wise. Not too hot/not too cold. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I forget the price: we stayed here at half-price because we have an America the Beautiful pass. Really nice dry-camp place. Pit toilets were clean and as nice as a pit toilet can be. We arrived about 2pm on a Friday and only had 5 or 6 sites to choose from. We chose one, set up our camp and THEN went to register. All sites were taken by about 5. Very picturesque and fun place. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Best campground I've ever been to. My kids, who are age 6 and 3 had the time of their lives. Amazingly unique setting with giant rocks surrounding each site. The climbing capabilities are crazy. We went during Spring Break and showed up on a Thursday, late morning and the campground was half full. By sunset all the sites were taken. Never felt crowded as we were all the way at the end. The night sky was also incredible, as it was very near New Moon. We will return. My son and I can't wait to come back here and do some hiking and climbing. We camped here in a Motorhome.
National Monument rustic campground. Camped on the Senior Pass so raters were very good. Not crowded and plenty of places to explore. Currently the road from the Cactus garden to Interstate 10 is closed due to a major wash out. Unknown time until repaired. The best part of the park is northern from Jumbo rocks north. Outhouse toilets and plenty of them and clean! No other amenities, you pack everything in with you. No water or phones We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very pretty campground. It is more geared to the tent camper but there seemed to be plenty of sites for RV's. A large "A" might have trouble finding a site. No hookups but for $10 who can complain. We stayed there 2 days, hiking and sight seeing. Would stay there again. Be sure to come with plenty of water and empty black and gray tanks as there are no dump stations close by. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I'm giving this park an 8 rating, simply for the beauty of the place. There are no amenities. Make sure you bring in water. You can run your generators 3 times a day for 2 hours. We had no phone service, but that's really the point. The sites are fairly narrow, and not a level spot in the campground. We were in 25 and it was very nice. The kid loved climbing the rocks. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We're surprised at the ratings for this park. It's just a bunch of big boulders and shallow parking areas off the main road for RVs. The spots are so shallow that if you put your slides out, you are taking a risk of having the driver's side ones struck by oncoming vehicles. Very tight campground. We have a 39' motorhome and do not recommend anything of this size at this campground. 30' or less. Once you get in, the only way out is through a narrow u-turn at the end of the campground. An RV was sticking part way out, causing me to go off the road onto the uneven dirt side of the driveway. The bang to my motorhome coming off that dirt was so loud, I was convinced I'd struck a boulder or RV. We did not find any spots we were comfortable fitting in. It's frustrating how easy of a fix this would be - just make the spots deeper off the main road, and it would be so much better. Strange park. We prefer Black Rock. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Well, the only thing that has changed since my last review of this campground is the fee which has gone from $5 to $10. The rocks are still stunning, the sunsets spectacular and the night sky studded with stars. Get out of the private RV parks for a change and sample the splendors of our National Parks. Keep in mind that this campground has no hook-ups and no water. There are only pit toilets and no showers. Big rigs in the 40' range will find the sites pretty cramped and the park roads narrow but we did fine with our 32' Class A and toad. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the most beautiful campgrounds we've ever stayed in. The campsites are set amid huge boulders and many feature a secluded area in which to pitch a tent. All have picnic tables and fire grills. There are no hook-ups and no water is available, so come with full fresh water tanks and empty holding tanks if you plan to be here awhile. Generators are allowed during limited hours. A lot of the sites are fairly small and really more appropriate for tent campers, but there is an adequate supply of spots for motorhomes too. Most of the sites that can accommodate a larger rig are pull-throughs that line the main campground access road. One of these was fine for us when we were there as the campground wasn't even half-full, but it might be a concern during a busy period as you are parked quite close to passing cars. There is an easy hike that leaves from the middle of the campground and provides a nice introduction to the splendors of Joshua Tree National Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
the campground is really spectacular at sunset and sunrise. On weekends you need to reserve or get there early on friday morning. The park service is very helpful. Lots of climbers, so be ready for traffic. We camped here in a Tent.
Great campground if you want to dry camp. Very dark and quiet at night. Lots of rock formations. We were there the day after the 4th of July weekend and campground was pretty much empty as 107 degrees daytime and 67 at night. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.