• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

Camping

Campgrounds Elevation in feet Sites Fees Group
Sites
Group
Fees
Horse
Camp
Water
Belle 3,800 18 $10
Black Rock 4,000 100 $15 $15 yes
Cottonwood 3,000 62 $15 3 $30 yes
Hidden Valley 4,200 44 $10
Indian Cove 3,200 101 $15 13 $25/40
Jumbo Rocks 4,400 124 $10
Ryan 4,300 31 $10 $10
Sheep Pass 4,500 6 $25/40
White Tank 3,800 15 $10
 

Campsites are limited to six people, three tents, and two cars (a vehicle towing a trailer, popup, tent trailer, fifth wheel or a motorhome pulling a vehicle is considered two vehicles). Holding or reserving campsites for persons not present is not allowed, nor can campsites be left unattended for more than 24 hours. Group sites accommodate 10 to 60 people. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire grate. Water and flush toilets are available in Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds. Showers are not available.

Water is available at the Oasis Visitor Center, Indian Cove Ranger Station, West Entrance, and Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds.

Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Generator use is limited to six hours a day: 7 to 9 am, noon to 2 pm, and 5 to 7 pm.

Food-storage containers capable of preventing access by wildlife are required. Any scented or odorous items must be similarly stored.

Campfires: All vegetation in the park is protected. If you want to make a campfire, bring your own firewood. Fire grates are provided.

RVs: There are no hookups for recreational vehicles. Black Rock and Cottonwood have fresh-water fill-up and dump stations. Motorhomes and habitable trailers are prohibited at Cottonwood and Sheep Pass group sites. At Hidden Valley and White Tank campgrounds, and at Indian Cove group sites, motorhomes and trailers, including their tow vehicle, cannot exceed a combined vehicle length of 25 feet.

Reservations: Family sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove are available on a site specific basis from October through May. Reservations must be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777 (up to six months in advance).

Walk-ins are available only if the campsites are not completely reserved. From June through September these campsites are first-come, first-served. Refer to the Horseback Riding page for information regarding equestrian camping.

First-come, first-served campgrounds campgrounds include Belle, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan and White Tank. (Belle, Ryan and White Tank are closed from June through September).

Group Site Reservations may be made up to 12 months in advance throughout the year by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. Group campsites are available at Cottonwood, Indian Cove, and Sheep Pass campgrounds. Cottonwood and Sheep Pass group sites are limited to tent camping only.

Camping Limits: There is a 30-day camping limit each year. However, only 14 nights total may occur from October through May.

Overflow Camping: There is no overflow camping in the park, however there are some BLM areas nearby. Click here for a map (270k PDF). The park also offers backcountry camping.

Overflow Parking is not available in the park. All overnight vehicles must be parked in a designated campsite.

You may call 760-367-3001, 760-362-4367, or 760-367-5549, if you have questions about camping in the park.

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