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.
Campgrounds usually fill on weekend nights from October through May. Holiday weeks are also very busy. To improve your chances of getting a campsite, come to Joshua Tree during the week instead of on a weekend.
Jump to the Can't Find a Campsite? section below for alternatives to camping in Joshua Tree National Park's developed campgrounds.
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.
During the quieter summer months, all campsites are first-come, first-served. No reservations are needed for summertime camping. Some campgrounds may close in summer; in 2016, Ryan and Belle will be closed starting on June 6.
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.
locations of campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, including regular campgrounds, group campgrounds, and equestrian campgrounds
Can't Find a Campsite?
All park campgrounds usually fill on weekend nights during the busy season, October through May. Download Joshua Tree's overflow camping brochure (486 kB PDF), with maps and details about where to go if park campgrounds are full when you arrive.
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
Black Rock and Ryan Campgrounds have designated horse camps (Ryan is closed in the summer months). See the horseback riding page for more information.