Joshua Tree National Park, California

Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound)

Joshua Tree National Park, California



Joshua Tree National Park, California
Phone: (760) 367-3001

Sites: 99
Recent Rate: $15 5/2015

Latitude: 34.0758358329796
Longitude: -116.387932986786

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $5.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 5.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $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 yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • 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 no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

23 Reviews

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LoneWolf

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Take the Eureka Peak view road out of Covington Flat for a gorgeous of the Coachella Valley.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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1racedame

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

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rvolson

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Monaire Corporati

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Fifth Wheel.

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 316
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

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ravenrig

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $7.50
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

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TARDISRV

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

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Ken from San Diego

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $7.50
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

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sdayman

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

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catsinacan23FB

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

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Green Tea

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

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TravelerRog

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $7.50
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

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storms

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $7.50
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

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BJ Snowbird

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $7.50
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Fifth Wheel.

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avbrendan

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

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