Sleep under the stars and enjoy some of the darkest night skies in Southern California. With 9 different campgrounds offering about 500 developed campsites, Joshua Tree offers options for individual travelers, families, and large groups.
Most campgrounds in Joshua Tree are first-come, first-served, throughout the year. Reservations are available for Black Rock and Indian Cove campgrounds during the busy season from October through May. Book a site online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777 up to six months in advance of your visit.
Campgrounds do not usually fill in the summer. June through September is the quietest time of year in Joshua Tree. During the summer months, all campsites are first-come, first-served. No reservations are needed for summertime camping.
To claim a place at a first-come, first-served campground, find a vacant site. Complete a fee envelope and use it to deposit your cash or check payment in the collection box near the campground entrance. Retain the tear-off receipt from the envelope and clip it to your numbered site post. Pay only for the nights you plan to camp: refunds are not available.
Camping costs $15 per site, per night at campgrounds without water. Camping is $20 per site, per night at the three campgrounds with potable water available in or near the campground: Black Rock, Cottonwood, and Indian Cove. (Indian Cove has no water in the campground itself, but there is water available at the Indian Cove Ranger Station. There is no RV water access at Indian Cove.)
Bring Water With You
Water is available at only a few locations around the edges of the park:
There are no hookups for RVs at any campground in Joshua Tree. Black Rock and Cottonwood Campgrounds have RV-accessible potable water and dump stations. At Hidden Valley and White Tank Campgrounds, RVs and trailers may not exceed a combined maximum length of 25 feet.
Can't Find a Campsite?
All park campgrounds usually fill on weekend nights during the busy season, October through May. If you arrive too late to get a site in a designated campground, you have the following options:
Quiet Hours and Generator Use
Fires and Firewood