8.9 Excellent
Joshua Tree National Park, California

Belle Campground (NPS Campground)

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California
Phone: (760) 367-5500

Sites: 18
Recent Rate: $15 2/2016

Latitude: 34.002164234569
Longitude: -116.02193489929

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

7 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

As others have mentioned, Belle is a small campground. Our 35' fifth wheel fit well into space #4. #3 is also good for a larger rig. There are maybe 6 sites for larger rigs. It's first-come, first-served, no reservations there, so you might want to have a back-up plan if you're there on a weekend.

We didn't use the vault toilet that is in the campground, but in the 5 days we were there, we saw the Park service people attend to it twice. There is a dumpster and recycling bins in the campground.

We entered from the north, and it's a quick 10-15 minute drive to Belle.

There was a surprising amount of traffic driving through the campground, especially on Saturday night, very late/early morning. Not enough experience there to know if that's normal.

We really loved this place and the Park, and would like to come here again. There is a lot to see within the Park, a real natural treasure. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Park does an awesome job of marking points of interest along the roads through the park. I highly recommend making the drive (no RVs) to the top of Key's Viewpoint, especially if it's sunny and warm! To actually see the San Andreas Fault from altitude!

29 Palms at the north end of the park has adequate grocery, fuel, restaurant outlets.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2009 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2006 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2005 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, amazing views. Don't just showup on winter weekends, you need to get a reservation or arrive early friday. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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