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Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground)

Joshua Tree National Park, California


Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park, California 92277
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Sites: 124
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.99206
Longitude: -116.06821

Elevation: 4415' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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17 Reviews

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Review Count: 166
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 47

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

We went in under no reservation system and was very happy with site 71 for our 28 foot trailer and truck. (Total is 52 feet) Park has since changed to reservations accepted. Dry camping. No cell service with Verizon. The bigger sites mostly on main road in campground that had a lot of traffic. Beautiful rock formations all around. Great hike to Barker Damn. Closest town about 12 Miles. Try and bring in all you need. Area is definitely something that shouldn't be missed. We camped at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
71
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Indian Cove is reservations only and you must reserve 48 hrs in advance so we went to Jumbo Rocks on the advice of the rangers at the Oasis Visitor Center. Beautiful spot! As we were driving in, some people recommended site 26 which had a long parking area. Both 25 and 26 were good as you don't share parking with other campers. The picnic table and fire ring were a bit further away in site 26 but we didn't mind. Keep in mind this CG is at 4400 ft elevation so it might be a bit colder. Also kind of windy but great sunset and sunrise views. There are no hookups and no water here; plan accordingly. Generators can only be used from 7-9 am, noon-2 pm and 5-7 pm but we hardly heard any. We camped at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the Joshua Tree Saloon at the west entrance; excellent burgers! Beautiful night sky too!

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 20

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

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. We camped at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

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. We camped at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Get there as early as you can.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

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

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

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

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: December, 2007 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: January, 2007 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

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 at Jumbo Rocks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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