23 Parks near Joshua Tree, California
Apr 2013 - $25.00
This campground is filled mostly with residential campers. The staff was very friendly, but none too efficient. Had to pay in cash as the don't accept credit cards. The bathroom/shower was bare-bones, not very clean, and lacked toilet paper. Water, electricity (30 amp), and sewer connections were all okay. The site was wide, with room for the RV, a concrete patio, and our car side-by-side. - DaveInOhio
Jan 2010 - $22.00
I wish to warn anyone to make sure you speak to someone before you stay here-you may wind up with an unsatisfactory site. I wound up leaving early the next morning and going to the other RV park. I called two times to make a reservation and was not called back. I chose to go anyway due to its close proximity to the entrance to the the Joshua Tree National Monument. I thought if there was nothing available I would go to the other park. I pulled up to the office and asked if a space was available. She asked if I had an adapter as she only had a fifty amp space available at an empty mobile home lot. She told me I would need to unhook my truck as the road to the site was behind me and there was no place to turn around. I unhooked my truck and drove to the site and went back for my motor home. There were two very old trailers (not mobile homes) on either side of me with one having a lot of clutter around it. Turned out the sewer hookup would not fit my RV sewer hose and I was nervous about the electric hookup voltage since it was a mobile home hookup so I dry docked for the night at a bit more than dry dock price. One of the "neighbors" was noisy at night. I did see some nice RV sites at the front of the park; so my advice is to make sure you get a reservation for what you want before you go. On the other hand if you want stunning views and real quiet (this is in January) go to the other park. - nanzhere
Jan 2006 - $25.00
We stayed here over New Year's 2005/2006. During the four nights we were there the bathrooms were not cleaned once. No TP, no soap, no towels. We would not stay here again. - march2397
Apr 2015 - $30.00
Want quiet and big sky? This is a great place. There is the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater. We had an amazing night with them. Our scope just added to the what everyone could go around and see. Going to spend some more time star gazing.
Facilities; flush toilets, hot showers, dump station, laundry facilities are all on site. Store is the most basic so bring everything you need. - nrkmann
Mar 2015 - $30.00
It's the desert but nice enough if you want to be in the area. It is way off the highway so very quiet. The sites are sand with some bushes in between and a couple of trees here and there. The little fishing lake is cute - we didn't fish. You can occasionally get a cell phone signal (Verizon) and texting worked sporadically. They have a WiFi provider that you have to pay for, but it didn't work very well - very slow and even sporadic. It was through MoJo Hotspot. They must know that it doesn't always work because they are very quick to give you a refund - no questions asked.
Restrooms are good and clean. Showers good and clean and free. Only one dump so if you are leaving when everyone else is - there will be a line. There is a large tent camping area that fills up on the weekends. There didn't seem to be anyone going around to check on things but we didn't have any problems.
We were able to get a good satellite signal - it is the desert after all.
If you are going to be in this area - it is the best private option. We did not check out the RV sites in Joshua Tree National Park - but that would be dry camping.
Some sites have fire rings and some even have a picnic table. - NiMo
Feb 2015 - $25.00
Nice place to stay overnight or longer. They have a private fishing lake with no license needed. Sites are sand with bushes planted between sites. Looks as if was an older RV park but renovated lately. Very nice host. Recommend and will stay in the future. - Smokinghawk49
Feb 2016 - $20.00
Beautiful location but the park is in need of maintenance. Roads within the campground are falling apart and it is hard to tell that they are asphalt. Camp sites are not level and many have ruts from rain runoff. Faucets for fresh water and tank rinsing do not have a hose attached, so you have to bend the faucet down and attach your own hose. - jnateg
May 2015 - $15.00
Very nice campground for the price. Roads in the park are mostly dirt and broken pavement. Sites are uneven but spacious. The road into the campground has recently been repaved. The staff is very friendly. Views from the campground are spectacular. We would definitely stay here again. - WoodShed22
Mar 2015 - $8.00
Black Rock must be the orphan child of Joshua Tree National Park. Terrible is an insufficient negative description for the interior roads (narrow, windy, potholes in the asphalt roads, and erosive dips in the dirt roads). Joshua trees are fiberglass killers and they are not trimmed to accommodate RVs. Sites are dirt, and many are not level (even for tent campers), and you cannot determine which are which at time of reservation. Drinking water is available at various locations and at the dump station. Restrooms are plentiful and fire rings and picnic tables are provided. The rangers are courteous and helpful. The campground is clean, quiet and peaceful (except the generator hours), and beautiful if you like the high desert. We would not stay again. - LoneWolf
Feb 2016 - $10.00
First off, if you get here on anything other than a weekend or holiday and the sign says "full", DON'T BELIEVE IT. We've been here twice on a Sunday night and Monday night and it said full when it was all but empty. The Rangers here don't seem to care very much about accuracy. That said, this is a beautiful campground surrounded by gorgeous rock formations. It is very clean. The parking area for most of the sites are very small though. Don't even think about a bringing a big rig here. At 28 feet we had to try about 4-5 sites before we could find one that worked. They are also not level at all so be prepared. Now I-fi of course, but we got 2-3 bars on Verizon. We would definitely stay again. - Pdxjoanne
Apr 2013 - $8.00
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. - gsnakehill
Jan 2010 - $8.00
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. - BruceandKathyWA
May 2015 - $38.00
This is a small well-kept park of mostly long term campers. Didn't use any of the facilities, but the cable and Wi-Fi worked great. There was a picnic table, the site was pretty level, and it made for a satisfactory overnight stop. Wouldn't recommend it for much more than that but it seemed to be the best of the very few options in the area with hookups. Would stay again if we needed a place for a night in the area. - Pdxjoanne
Mar 2015 - $40.00
The traffic noise is loud and constant here. This is a small, cramped park with back-in sites. The laundry 'room' [two washers, two dryers] is right in the office, literally. The owner/manager is very nice but I can't see paying $40 for a place that has really nothing to offer. Oh, there are a massage parlor, tattoo parlor and a pawn shop right across the street. - mockturtle
Feb 2015 - $40.00
This is a clean, well kept park. The sites are roomy and long. We have a 40 foot 5th wheel and could disconnect and still park in front of the trailer. The owner complains that he cannot accept a credit card or give the Good Sam discount because he has never made a profit. He would only accept cash or a check. The weekly rate is $256 with tax. Power and WiFi is good. There really isn't any other place decent in Yucca Valley. - KD7UCH
Mar 2015 - $22.00
This military RV Park was once a trailer park that was unsuccessful, so they turned it into a RV Park and it seems to be doing well. Each site has a covered carport and a storage shed. The entire park is dirt. The curbs don't have a grade so getting an RV in place and leaving is very abrupt. There is no camp host, so people don't follow the rules - dogs off leash, campfires, even people coming in for the night and leaving the next morning without paying. Check-in is at the lodging office. To get to the RV Park, there is a new dirt road just before housing so you don't have to drive through housing; however, at the time we were here, there was no sign. The only nearby road is the road to the main gate, but there is an unusually high amount of traffic and it is disruptive. It appears as though they are about to construct houses immediately behind the RV Park. Decent place to stay for a few days to see Joshua Tree National Park. - LifeRidingShotgun
Feb 2012 - $22.00
As stated in previous reviews, good for visiting Joshua Tree NP. No amenities at all, inconvenient from park office to RV sites and not clearly stated where to park for the office. Very sandy and dusty and glad we missed some of the dust storms we were told were horrific when they occurred. Oddly set up, all the "amenities" like shed, cement stand and quasi-garage were located on the driver's side vs where one would actually use them. Don't imagine we'd ever want to stay here again - regardless of the nice commissary and new PX/NEX and gyms on base. - J&L Coleman
Jan 2012 - $25.00
This military park is convenient to Joshua Tree National Park and about 60 mi NE of Palm Springs. Good commissary, PX, service station with diesel (fuel was $0.20 cheaper / gallon in Indio). This is a bare park with few facilities. No rest rooms, showers, laundry (one could shower in the gym). Sites are sandy and would be problematic during rains. Noise from main road into base is bothersome. Most sites are occupied by long-term campers. It's a good place to hang your hat while at nearby National Park. It appears that efforts are underway to improve the park, e.g., with satellite TV and the staff went out of their way to be accommodating, possibly to make up for past deficiencies notes in reviews on other web sites. - TravelerRog
Jul 2016 - $1.00
This is the best place in all the Morongo Basin to stay! Amenities are second to none! Well maintained & the staff is professional & helpful! Check it out, right next to the fabulous Joshua Tree National Park also!! - Mark16:15
May 2016 - $40.00
Stayed at a back-in site with lots of tree coverage. The pull-through spots had no trees and were a little ways from many of the amenities. There are no individual firepits. There was a community firepit, but didn't look like it was active on Saturday. Actually, there was a lot of inactivity around there. I called a day before to make a reservation, they said you won't have to there are lots of spots available--pick of the litter--and there was. The store was excellent from my limited experience. The pool looked clean, but I prefer a more resort type outdoor pool with lounges. Our primary purpose for our stay was to be in close proximity to Joshua Tree and it served its purpose perfectly. I would stay here again for its location and overall experience. - Arash
Apr 2016 - $36.00
A resort in name only. Pro: It is convenient to Joshua Tree NP.
If you are visiting for only a few days you are placed at the furthest area of the park. Our site had no table, and when we set up for correct hook up distance, a tree was right at our door, as well as a few cut off stumps easily tripped over. Dog park was at the very end, and all sand with a ragged fence. WIFI could only be accessed in the office/ community room area. Outside "furniture" near the clubhouse were dirty, old plastic chairs laying all around what could have been a nice area to sit. - Fwdaj
Mar 2016 - $15.00
Fee envelope dropped into box, ie: no service, have exact change. Sites are too small for anything more than 25 feet even with "large site" list provided by NPS staff at visitor centre. Avoid camping down wind of pit toilets. Toilets ran out of TP. Close to many trails and viewing sites. - Sasquatchewan
Feb 2016 - $15.00
Great park, quiet and scenic, clean restrooms, the works. Not great for big rigs unless you arrive early and are willing to pay for multiple sites if you need them. Generator use is limited to three 2 hour periods, a fine compromise for those of us bothered by their noise. Good hiking on trails near the campground and in fact you can just take off through the desert from your site. - Michael Ray
Apr 2014 - $15.00
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. - PMG
Apr 2016 - $55.00
This is a very large resort. It is divided in half, which keeps the temporary RVers separate from the regular/long term residents. The RV sites are narrow and very close together. The grounds are well kept. Walking around the pool and lake area is very pleasant. After a day of driving, it was great to relax in the various hot pools. The pool area was well maintained. There is a code for the bathrooms/showers, which were clean and maintained. No complaints. Would stay again if in the area. Only issue was how crammed in everyone is. - 2togoNebraska
Apr 2015 - $50.00
A quirky, fun place to relax. Our second time, so likely we'll go back as it's close for us. Hard to rate high because it's very old and a lot is original, plus their customer service has a lot to be desired. Spots are so narrow, many new larger RVs won't fit in the space between the concrete pad and electrical on the other side.
What we liked: Easy to get in, can pick your own spot, they drain the hot tubs every night so they don't use chemicals (though think they should not allow small kids in them, saw a few, ugh), just low key atmosphere and they don't seem to nit-pick. Sauna and steam rooms were nice and working, and grounds were pretty and spacious if you have a big group.
What we did not like: They won't allow ANY reservations for a specific spot or saving. It was important to our group to camp together for meal preps, kids, etc. and even after the first person arrived and offered to PAY for the other couple of spots, they would NOT allow any "saving" of spots in any way. Are they trying to be difficult and piss people off? We get that they don't want to start assigning spots and have to reserve, but why not let the first to arrive PAY and put things in that site so others realize it's taken? We'd hate to accidentally take a spot right between a group because we didn't know any better. Easy fix, but they seem stubborn and don't care. Only solution is everyone arrive at the same time, and that is not always possible.
We loved visiting the nearby (as in 10 min at most) Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Interesting, informative, and neat grounds. We were there 2 hours. Area has a lot of hiking, and the Palm Springs Tram would be fun to take up. - Dank
Apr 2015 - $43.00
So many have raved about this place but we found it marginally acceptable. Sites are all gravel and not level. Tenters are allowed in any site so we were encircled by tenters, some of whom also slept in their cars. Showers were a mess. I question whether they were cleaned as often as advertised. Office staff were curt and did not seem to be responsible for anything other than the day use of the spa's. Dogs running around off leash. Price reflects a weeks stay, in retrospect a bad decision. We will never stay in this park again. - fivertug
Apr 2016 - $17.00
Price was excellent for what is offered. The only pool is good, thermal pools excellent. Park very well maintained for its age. Mini golf is toughest ever encountered and in need of renovation. Only one bath house for 300+ sites. Only 2 toilets in men's room. 2 pool tables are in fair condition. Park shuts down end of April so while we were staying there we no activities. This park is geared for seasonal seniors. Not really family or kid friendly. Staff excellent. Sites mostly level and larger than most, and many are 50 amp. No picnic tables. No store. Only a soda machine. No run down units on premises. - venice
Mar 2016 - $18.00
We have stayed there 3 times this winter and it is a wonderful park, everything is very clean and well kept. Most of the staff are work campers and all we have dealt with are very friendly. The nightly fee through RPI is $15.00 per night plus a $3.00 per night resort fee. - mgalex
Mar 2016 - $22.00
Old park, good for an overnighter, not a stay.
Dirt lots, no patios. Low-class. Lots of coming and going, noisy, no peace.
Inadequate amount of showers and washing machines for the amount of sites. Showers in disrepair, backing up.
Was it not for the discount off the regular rate, it would have been a total rip-off. So with the discount we only paid around $22 which is all the place was worth.
Some very friendly staff, some not so much.
No free wi-fi (seriously????) - RobertIsMyName