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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here while the massive rain storms were hitting Southern California and we got some light rain, lots of wind and great weather. The interesting thing here is the weather is different than Joshua Tree, so don't be discouraged - It's beautiful. We were one of two RVs (the other our friends) as this is totally dry camping. Pay attention to generator run times, there is no water (except at ranger station) and the nearest dump is at Blackrock - about a 10 mile trip. We found out on leaving that it's only $5 to dump at Blackrock and they have drinking water too, so from now on we'll come empty, fill, camp then dump too ($10 vs. using all the fuel to haul 75 gallons of water). This is on the North end of the park and a long hike can get you into more of the park and if you drive in you still have to pay the $15 fee. There are lot's of climbers here, great rocks to scramble over and at night it's so quiet you can hear someone breathe 10 ft away. We'll definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park. Rangers were very helpful. CG sites are located among big boulders. Most have fire pits. Bathrooms (pit style) are about every 40 feet and clean. Great place to camp with kids. They had a blast climbing on the rocks. Generators are allowed 3 specified times a day for 2 hrs each. Ranger will let you know the times you can use them. There is no water in the CG. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A great CG in Joshua Tree NP. The sites are situated within the boulders and large rock formations. The Rangers were good to work with when we had issues with sites. There is no water available within the CG, but is at the Ranger Station 2 miles away. For the price, this is an excellent value for family camping We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.