JOSHUA TREE CAMPING

Camping at Joshua Tree National Park is nearly a sacred activity. Sleeping under a dark, starry night with the sounds of the wind whipping around the boulders and nocturnal animals scurrying through the cacti is as close to nature and the authentic desert as you are apt to find anywhere.

Within Joshua Tree National Park, visitors can choose from eight campsite locations with names such as Hidden Valley, Indian Cove and Jumbo Rocks; the costs are minimal if at all. Amenities and vistas vary, but all have cozy fire pits, pit toilets and tables; Black Rock and Ryan campgrounds are designated horse camps for those riding the trails in the park.

Joshua Tree campgrounds usually fill on weekends October through May. From mid-February to mid-May (and during holidays), campgrounds are commonly full throughout the week. You can improve your chances of getting a campsite and avoid disappointment by timing your Joshua Tree camping trip during the off-season (June-September). During the quieter summer months, all campsites are first-come, first-served with no reservations necessary.

Nearby campgrounds (outside of Joshua Tree National Park) are also available.

Be sure to visit the Joshua Tree National Park Service page for alerts and conditions.

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