- Reviews: 8400
Joshua Tree National Park: Camping at the Park
There are 8 campgrounds with almost 500 total camping spots inside the park. Only the Black Rock and Cottonwood Campgrounds have water and none have electricity. To the best of my knowledge there is only one (?) campsite in the entire park that is accessible and that is site 122 at Jumbo Rocks Campground. Sounds inadequate to me. I did not camp here but stayed in a nice Red Roof Inn in Thousand Plans (south of the park) and a decent place called the Country Inn in Twentynine Palms.
- Reviews: 13
Zen-Go: Joshua Desert Retreats
This is one of the homes offered by Joshua Desert Retreats. We enjoyed the privacy, the views, and the decor. It didn't quite live up to all the amenities advertised. I would have liked it better if the advertising had been less hype. The decor is unique and nice, but overall there was a slight air of neglect.
However, this is probably one of the nicer places to stay in the 29 Palms area.
Nice and plentiful linens, Great views of surrounding hills and mountains. Well-equipped kitchen.
- Reviews: 36
Desert View Motel: Decent room on a budget
Basic, fairly clean, decent room with 2 double beds. Cable TV. Mosquitos were a small problem. Glass sliding door faced unfinished property in the back - not much of a desert or any other kind of view. Close to various restaurants and shopping centers. Fairly easy access to Joshua Tree National Park hiking trails and highlights.
- Reviews: 857
Circle C Lodge, 29 Palms: Just what we wanted.
I found this Lodge on the internet several years ago but our California visit that year did not include 29 Palms. My brother went on a separate visit and found it without any prompting from me and was very impressed, so when we all went to Joshua Tree National Park together Circle C was our first choice for accommodation. We were 3 couples - me my younger brother abd sister and our respective spouses. My sister & her husband havelived in North America for over 40 years.
We each had a very large room (all American hotel/Lodge Rooms seem like ballrooms in comparison with European Hotel rooms.)
There were two large beds , sofas and chairs, a small fitted kitchen diner and the rear doors opened onto the gardens and pool area - all kept in beautiful condition.
At the far end of the pool was the reception office and the communal room in which a self-service breakfast was served and included in the price. Simple but adequate.
At the end of the pool nearest to our rooms, set into a granite wall, there was a built in BBQ and tables and chairs for out door dining.
Around the pool there were plenty of loungers and chairs - and a plunge pool. The main pool was heated - a little too much for 6 hardy Brits!
Excellent accommodation in clean and well tended surroundings. A very relaxed atmosphere to come and go as you please. Friendly Hosts and staff. We would ceratinly return if going that way again.
This was a couple of years ago and I cannot remember what we paid but it struck us as not just inexpensive but remarkably good value for money.
- Reviews: 2
Joshua Tree Inn: Inn in Joshua Tree
I stayed here because I am a huge Gram Parsons music fan. This is the hotel where he met his demise. Although the hotel was old and dated, it was very nice and comforatable.
This Inn has a pool, and is located on the main highway a couple miles from the North Entrance to the Park.
- Reviews: 650
Motel 6: They leave the light on for you
There are a huge amount of motels outside of the park. I just picked the Motel 6 for the heck of it. I am sure I could have gone way cheaper, but I wasn't overly interested in a deal. I just wanted a good place to stay so I could get up early in the morning and start my day.
Motel 6 is pretty basic stuff with cable tv, phone, and full bathroom. It wasn't the cleanest I had ever seen, but it was good enough for me to rest at. The rate for 1 person is $40 and for 2 people is $46.
- Reviews: 650
there are 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree: Camping Fees
Campsites are generally first come, first serve in the park. The only places you need to make a reservation for are sites at Black Rock, Indian Cove, and all group sites. (1-800-365-2267) Fees range from $5 to $35, depending on the site. Each site also has an area at the entrance where you can put your money in a small envelope, and then slide that payment into a metal box.
- Reviews: 1084
National Park Camping: Three Additional Campground Choices
Hidden Valley Hidden Valley has 45 sites and lies at a 4,200 foot elevation. This is one of the cheaper campgrounds in the park at $5 per night. There are vaulted toilets, no shower, no electricity, and no drinking water. There is a 14 night maximum stay, however in off season you may stay up to 30 nights. RV/trailer size limit is 25 foot. No reservations are accepted at this campground. Rock climbing and hiking trails may be found in the area.
Indian Cove Located at a 3,200 foot elevation there are 101 sites and 13 group sites. Water is available at the ranger station. There are vaulted toilets, no electricity or showers. Hiking trails and rock climbing are located in this area. I have no RV/trailer information on this campground. Reservations are accepted by calling 1-800-365-2267.
Belle Campground lies at 3,800 foot elevation and has 18 sites. There are vaulted toilets, but no water. No reservations are accepted and there is a 14 night maximum stay. There is a $5 a night camping fee. Off season you may stay up to 30 nights. Hiking trails and rock climbing are in the area.
Hiking trails and rock climbing areas may be found at or near each of these choices.
- Reviews: 1084
Campgrounds Within the National Park: Five Other Campground Choices
Besides the campground that we stayed in there are eight others to choose from. Here are five others.
Cottonwood is located in the southern portion of the park. This campground lies at 3,000 feet, has 62 sites with picnic table. The campground has water, and flush toilets. No electricity or showers are available. Cottonwood has a 14 night maximum stay, and no reservations are accepted. Hiking trails can be found in the area.
Jumbo Rocks with 124 sites lies at 4,400 feet 4,400'. There is no water available, but there are pit toilets. No reservations are accepted in this campground and there is a 14 night maximum stay, 30 in off season. Hiking trails are located in the area. This is one of the cheaper campgrounds in the area at $5 per night.
Ryan at 4,300' elevation has 31 sites. The camping fee is $5 per night. No reservations are accepted in this campground and there is a 14 night maximum stay. Off season you may stay up to 30 nights. Hiking trails and horseback riding trails (you must bring your own horse) are available from this campground.
Sheep Pass is a group campground only. It lies at 4,500 foot elevation and has 6 group sites at a cost of $20/$35 per night. There is no water available, and reservations are required. I have not seen this campground, and have no other information on it.
White Tanks lies at a 3,800' elevation. It has 15 sites with a $5 a night camping fee. No motorhomes or vehicle plus trailer longer than 25 feet are allowed in White Tanks. Vaulted toilets are available, but no drinking water. No reservations are accepted in this campground and there is a 14 night maximum stay. Off season you may stay up to 30 nights. Hiking trails are in the area.
There are hiking trails near each of these.
- Reviews: 404
There is no lodging in the park and probably will never be - but never say never ;). But you can find lodging all around the park, in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree city, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, or Indio. Instead, the park contains several campgrounds: Belle, Black Rock, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, Sheep Pass, and White Tank and they are all open year round. Black Rock and Cottonwood are the only ones that include water (no showers though) and flush toilets. Some of the sites take reservations (for the ones with facilities is better to call ahead), some are first-come. For some of the sites the park charges a small fee, for others it doesn't (the free ones have no facilities). Camping is best in either spring or fall - ideally around April/May or September/October. The summer is not preferable for obvious reasons.
- Reviews: 404
Best Western Hotel, 29 Palms: Best Western Hotel, 29 Palms
The Best Western Garden Inn is located in the town of 29 Palms, 5 minutes away from the Oasis Visitor Center. The story with staying in a hotel chain like Best Western is that you always know what you'll get, no matter where you are. And as expected, the rooms at Best Western Garden Inn were clean and of decent size, the heater was a bit noisy, but bearable. We had cable tv and the inn had a pool and outdoor hot tub which we didn't try. Included in the price was a continental breakfast served between 7.00 and 10.00 AM (donuts, bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cereals, and a variety of beverages). Staff was friendly. We got a good deal for the room by using our AAA membership.
- Reviews: 1375
Best accommodations - camping
Joshua Tree has a number of campgrounds - two with water and the rest without. We had no trouble getting a campsite. Three of the campgrounds will take reservations.
- Reviews: 304
Camping in Joshua Tree National Park: Camping in Joshua Tree National Park
There are nine campgrounds where you can camp in Joshua Tree National Park. You can also camp in the backcountry if you obtain a permit (contact the Parks Department).
The only campgrounds with water and flush toilets are Black Rock Canyon and Cottonwood. Every campground features picnic tables and fireplaces.
For reservations at Black Rock Canyon and other campground sites, call 800-365-2267.
Details on some of the camping areas:
Black Rock Canyon - 100 sites, water and flush toilets, fire rings, close to Black Rock Springs and Eureka Peak trails. Fee $10.
Cottonwood - 62 sites, water and flush toilets, a good tent site; it can be crowded on weekends. Fee $10, $15/group.
Indian Cove - 107 sites, unusual setting surrounded by rock formations. Fee $15-$30/group.
Sheep Pass - 6 group sites. Fee $10/group
- Reviews: 620
Joshua Tree Camping Sites: Under it all
We camped in one of the campsites, but I can't recall which one that was now. I know it was nice but it was definitely a popular choice--it was June, technically the "off season" and there were a lot of people here. Perhaps because it had running water and some of the other sites didn't The other sites that don't are free.
Sleeping out by the Joshua Tree:) I really like this thing:)
- Reviews: 163
Sands Motel: Budget Hotel
They boasted the lowest price and lived up to it. When I told them of a place down the street who was about the same price as them, they knocked off couple dollars for me.
The motel was newly renovated and was clean. There was a microwave and fridge in each room. A 7-11 was just down the street, so cheap mini-mart eats was possible.
The only, minor, pitfall was that they didn't service the rooms between stays.
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