Campsites can accommodate a maximum of six people, three tents, and two vehicles (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. Plan ahead: water is not available at most campgrounds.
Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Generator use is limited to six hours a day: 7:00-9:00 am, 12:00-2:00 pm, and 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Food storage containers capable of preventing access by wildlife are required. Any scented or odorous items, including sunscreen and toiletries, must be securely stored as if it were food.
Campfires: All park vegetation, living or dead, is protected. If you want to make a campfire, bring your own firewood. Campfires are permitted only in existing fire rings or grates at developed campsites and picnic areas. There are no fires allowed in the backcountry.
RVs: There are no hookups for recreational vehicles. Black Rock and Cottonwood have potable water 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.
Pets must remain on leash at all times and may not be left unattended.
Reservations: Family sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove are available on a site specific basis from October through May. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777 (up to six months in advance). Campgrounds often fill on weekends from fall through spring. Visitors arriving on Friday or Saturday may be unable to find a campsite in the park.
Walk-ins are available only if the campsites are not completely reserved. In the quieter summer months, from June through September, all family campsites are first come, first served; no reservations are available. Refer to the Horseback Riding page for information regarding equestrian camping.
First come, first served 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, but there are some BLM areas nearby. Click here for a map (270k PDF). Joshua Tree National Park also offers backcountry camping.
Overflow parking is not available in Joshua Tree. All overnight vehicles must be parked at a designated campsite.
Call the park information line at 760-367-5500 if you have questions about camping in the park.