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Joshua Tree National Park Announces Proposal to Increase Camping Fees

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Date: June 14, 2021

Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) proposes an increase in camping fees commensurate with customer demand and use. In the past five years, camp night stays have increased 23% and campgrounds are full almost half the year. The proposed increase of $5 per night per site will allow for additional park staff that will enhance customer service and offer a greater presence in campgrounds. This stronger presence will allow the park to better address common campground issues such as noise complaints, unattended food and trash disposal, graffiti, and campsite poaching.   

The cost of each campground would be:  

Current and Proposed Fee:

Cottonwood: $25 to $30 

Cottonwood Dump Station: $5 to $10 

White Tank: $15 to $20 

Belle: $15 to $20 

Jumbo Rocks: $20 to $25 

Ryan: $20 to $25 

Hidden Valley: $15 to $20 

Black Rock: $25 to $30 

Black Rock Dump Station: $5 to $10 

Black Rock Equestrian: $20 to $25 

Indian Cove: $25 to $30 

If enacted the proposed fee increases would take effect in October 2021 and would appear on as the published rates.  

Please provide comments regarding this proposed rate increase. Comments can be left at: The review period will end July 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Following public review and comment, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent will decide whether to implement the fee increase as described above. Questions about the process can be directed to 

Joshua Tree National Park is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. In 2019, almost 3 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent over $150 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,860 jobs in the local area. 

Last updated: June 14, 2021

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