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Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound)

Yucca Valley, California


Yucca Valley, California 92284
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Sites: 99
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.07584
Longitude: -116.38793

Elevation: 3972' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone 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 yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
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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31 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is just inside the park boundary, but does not have vehicle access to the rest of the park. There are numerous hiking trails and it is close to services in the town of Yucca Valley. The campground is on a slope. There is water available and in the bathrooms. The nature center has some books/gifts available and there is a ranger present. The interior roads are in rough shape but navigable. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Walmart about 5 miles away for resupply. The closest park entrance is about 12 miles away. On weekends there is a line up to get into the main part of the park.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is just outside Natl. Park and has several trails starting right in the campground. Visitor Center staff is very nice and helpful. No showers, and bathrooms are messy with no soap or a way to dry hands. Just after staff cleans bathrooms, they are fine but seem to be messed up within an hour. Mostly tent campers here, so weekends were noisy til quiet hours at 10 pm. During the week was much quieter. It was uncommonly cold and windy the middle two weeks of February (lows in the 20s at night) so lots of folks cancelled and we had the park pretty much to ourselves during the week. Loved the WiFi at the Visitor Center and the extremely helpful and friendly staff. The park is old with terrible roads and uneven sites. But the Mountain Views and the gorgeous Joshua Trees made up for that. You can stay in this campground for a week, hiking every day and never enter the park, but I recommend that you do enter the park and see the rock formations and other dramatic landscape. It's a national park like no other. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart, Von's and Stater Brothers for groceries are ten minutes away on Hwy 62. Laundromat is 15 minutes away, but terrible. Restaurant choices are few so we never tried any. Hiking trails right out camper door and we're wonderful. Visitor Center has WiFi!

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Black Rock campground is on the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. The campground is inside the park, and there are some very nice hiking trails nearby, but to get to the main part of the park, you'll drive about 15 miles east through the town, to get to the actual park entrance. The advantage of being on the edge of the park and next to the town is that cell service is excellent. The disadvantage is that it doesn't feel like "Joshua Tree." You're not in the rocks like at most of the other Joshua Tree campgrounds. The campground itself is okay. Not fancy, no amenities. The interior roads are in terrible shape. A crew was filling potholes the entire time we were there, but I think it was a battle they were not going to win. Our site was fine, but some sites are not level. There is a dump station for an extra $5. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tips for other Campers:

We saw mountain lion tracks on High Point Trail, which leaves from inside the campground. Beautiful hike.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Access to the park from Yucca Valley is good. Signage is easy to follow. Parameter roads are pretty rough but we didn't have any problems. We arrived on a Saturday morning without reservations. There was one site left. We took it. Check in was pleasant and informative. The clerk let us know that she was ready to start her vacation. One would have expected to have been given the bums rush but she took her time to let us know about JTNP and surrounding areas.

Our site was extremely unlevel. When we got there, we just wanted to set up camp and relax so we didn't scope out the lay of the land very well. When we tried to level our Coach, both right wheels were off the ground. That made for a big step to exit. The next day we had a good look at the site and nosing in made it do-able.

Being in the desert, the site was sand with some Yuccas and Joshua Trees. For us un-seasoned Canadians this was a treat. There is no street lighting so the skies at night were amazing. This is a weekend retreat because Sunday afternoon the park was almost empty. The Camp Host was a bit of an ass. We had our generator running while preparing dinner. At 7:03 PM he was banging on the door yelling at my wife to shut it down. We did not have any concept of the time. Yes, we should not have been running but there was a huge lack of tact. We shut it down right away but felt he was very heavy handed.

Fire pits were not cleaned out, sites were not raked, there seemed to be a lot of dog poop around but perhaps is was Coyote scat. If you have a dog beware of Sand Spurs. There are lots.

We spent a week here and enjoyed our time. It cost us $20.00 per night and we feel we recieved good value. There are no restaurants or stores withing walking distance. Most services are available in Yucca Valley about 10 minutes away. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
65
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure you visit JTNP (Joshua Tree National Park). Great Mexican food at El Guero. Great service. Good price and very tasty!!

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Review Count: 231
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

I am worried about this park. It is on a hillside and in dire need of repair, the sites need to be leveled, old infrastructure needs to be removed and the asphalt needs to be removed or repaired. There are few dollars available to the parks, I doubt this park will receive them as it is not popular like Yellowstone, Yosemite, etc. We would probably not return, but as stated above we came here because we could get a reservation. Didn't want to drive our RV all the way into the park and get skunked but would have rather parked in the rocks. This entire park is often full. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C13
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We bought all of our food and water before we arrived at Yucca valley or 29 palms. The park is beautiful to take a ride through in your tow car. Big rocks and a grand view of Palm Springs area.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fairly nice NPS campground! We arrived at night, and found that the road through the campground was quite rough and hard to navigate, but we managed to get to our site alright. The campsite itself was extremely spacious, but not very level. Don't expect much privacy as this is the desert, you can see at least 20 of your neighbors at any given time. I would have rather camped inside the park interior at one of the campgrounds with the rock features, but Black Rock takes reservations and I wanted to be sure we would have a spot that fit our RV over the busy spring break period. A clean, well-maintained facility with helpful camp hosts and a nice visitor center where you can get information about trails and attractions. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to wake up early and drive into Joshua Tree for sunrise at Intersection Rock. Take a drive through the park to Cottonwood Canyon. Enjoy star gazing at night from the comfort of your spacious desert campsite!

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Review Count: 142
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 31

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

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

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

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

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 16

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
048
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

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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Review Count: 443
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 109

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

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $8.00
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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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 4

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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