Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Location: 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California, 92277
Lat/Long: 34.1287652 / -116.0376699
Phone No: 760-367-5500
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Amenities Onsite: Restrooms | Dump station | Picnic table | BBQ | Fire ring | Dumpster | Water |
Amenities Nearby : Visitor Center |
Recreation Onsite: Rock climbing | Photography | Hiking | Road touring | Horseback riding | Mountain biking |
Recreation Nearby: Keys Ranch Tour | Keys View | Barker Dam | Road touring | Hiking |


California, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Diego, and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas. You can approach it from Interstate 10 or from Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway)

There are three park entrance stations:

The west entrance is located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village.
The north entrance is in Twentynine Palms, three miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Utah Trail.
The south entrance at Cottonwood Spring, which lies 25 miles east of Indio, can be approached from the east or west, via Interstate 10
If you will be RVing at Jumbo Rocks, Campbase prefers the north entrance for large RV's because the roads are better.  Jumbo Rocks Campground near the north side of the park.


This page is a general information page for Joshua Tree National Park.  Each campground in the park is detailed here at  For campground detail, click a link below or search for the campground by name on the home page.

Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing natural American wonder.  The park is in a unspoiled desert setting with bueatiful Joshua trees and giant bolder fields.  The campgrounds are right in the middle of these enormous boulders, some being much larger than a house.  It's a perfect spot for relaxing in front of the camp fire.

There are nine total campgrounds in the park.  First-come, first-served (FCFS) campgrounds include Belle, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan and White Tank. (Belle, Ryan and White Tank are closed from June through September).  Elevation of these campgrounds ranges between 3800 to 4500 feet.  In general, the parks campgrounds are designed for campers that are 25' long or smaller.  Jumbo Rocks is the exception with a limited number of larger spots.  Campbase recommends campers that are 32' or shorter however, that is not a park requirement.


Belle.    (Seasonal) 18 $15 Yes, yes First come first served(FCFS)  
Black Rock Canyon 100 $15 Yes, yes Reservable sites, Water is available, Dump station,
Cottonwood 62 $15, $30   No, yes Water, (FCFS), Dump station, 3 Group Sites
Hidden Valley 44 $10 Yes, yes (FCFS), Max RV length 25'
Indian Cove 101 $35-$50 Yes, yes Max RV length 25', 13 Indian Cove Group Sites, Reservable
Jumbo Rocks 124 $10 Yes, yes (FCFS), Large RV's OK, Limited large spots, 
Ryan.   (Seasonal) 31 $10 Yes, yes (FCFS)
Sheep Pass 6 $25-$40 No, Yes Group Campground, Reservations Required, RVs not allowed
White Tank  (Seasonal) 15 $10 Yes, yes (FCFS), Max RV length 25'
Black Rock Canyon Equestrian 20 $15 Yes, Yes Reservations are available on Reserve America










IMPORTANT NOTE:  There are no concessions within the park.  Most campgrounds do not have water, ice, or wood available.  Bring everything you need.  There is also no cell service, WiFi, or TV.  With the exception of vault toilets, picnic tables, BBQ's, and fire rings this is dry camping at its best.  All campgrounds in the park do have these four amenities.

Only Black Rock Campground and Cottonwood Campground have water and dump stations.  However, motorhomes are not allowed at Cottonwood Campground.

ATV's may not be used anywhere in the park.  

Campfires are allowed in campground fire rings only.

Potable water is available at the visitor center in Twentynine Palms, at Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds, at the entrance station south of Joshua Tree, and at the Indian Cove ranger station.


Visitor Information 760-367-5500

Park Headquarters 760-367-5502

Special-use Permits 760-367-5545
RESERVATIONS:  Reservations for a limited number of the campgrounds above are available through  Other campgrounds in the table above are First-Come, First-Served(FCFS).  See the table above.  The first one to get there gets the spot.
Overflow Parking is not available in the park. All overnight vehicles must be parked in a designated campsite.
Campbase does not recommend road biking in the park.  The parks primary roads do not have bike lanes and the road surface is to rough for road bikes.  Roads are winding, hilly, and without bike lanes.  In some areas the road has a curb that forces the road biker to ride in the road.   For mountain bikers, the park offers an extensive network of dirt roads that are less crowded and safer cycling than the paved roads.  The dirt roads in the park are excellent however, mountain bikers are usually looking for the off-road or trail experience.  Off-road riding is not allowed.
In Joshua Tree some things stick, sting, bite, or strike.  Many of the plants have thorns and the bees can be aggressive if disturbed.  Be prepared with a small first aid kit should one of these occur.

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