Joshua Tree National Park is an outdoor oasis which sprawls across the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Many people visiting Los Angeles take a few days to camp in an RV at Joshua Tree National Park. The park’s unique rock formations rise out of a bleak desert landscape, providing a spectacular backdrop for awe-inspiring sunsets. Several small towns are dotted along the edge of Joshua Tree National Park where campers can easily find modern conveniences. Stop in and visit Yucca Valley, located on the northern edge of the park, if you need to restock on supplies.
Book an RV in San Bernardino County to explore the park and get an up-close look at the unique, twisted Joshua trees that grow here. Wildlife watching opportunities abound for visitors enjoying a little RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park. Hikers can trek dozens of trails that wind through the park and rest at the Keys View lookout for amazing views of Coachella Valley, Mount San Jacinto, and Mount Gorgonio. You can even explore some of the gold mine ruins that are still visible today after decades of neglect. Don’t forget to visit the Keys Ranch for a guided tour. No matter what you choose to do, plan on spending some time communing with nature at Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect vacation destination for those who love to hike or rock climb, with over 8,000 established climbing areas ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. Pack your climbing gear in your RV rental and map out a challenging climbing expedition. The Joshua Tree National Park Visitors’ Center will also have information on rock climbing activities and locations within the park.
The park’s hiking trails are another big draw. Explore the rugged terrain on foot and challenge yourself on some of the steeper trails. Learn about the diverse vegetation and wildlife that calls Joshua Tree National Park home. If hiking isn’t your thing, trailer your horse in and do a little horseback riding to make your RV camping trip at Joshua Tree National Park extra special. You can also catch the park’s shuttle bus, which makes several stops in and out of Joshua Tree National Park.
Off-roading is allowed on Geology Road, but only four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted. There are a few off-road trails that aren’t as rugged or hard on your vehicle, but those are still in the valley. Harsher off-road trails can be found in the Bernardino Mountains. Many vehicles aren’t equipped to handle some of the rougher roads, so use caution when deciding to do some off-roading.
Camping at Joshua Tree National Park
You’ll find at least eight established campgrounds within Joshua Tree National Park with varying amenities. During peak tourism times, campgrounds fill up quickly; when you reserve your rental motorhome at Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll also want to reserve a campsite. A few campsites are reservation-only. These sites generally offer more amenities than the first-come, first-served sites. Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds offer water, flush toilets, fire grates, tables, and a dump station. Indian Cove and Jumbo Rocks offer tables, fire grates, and pit toilets. However, Cottonwood and Indian Cove are tent-only campsites.
The first-come, first-served campsites within Joshua Tree National Park all offer pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. Sheep Pass is a rustic campsite that is tent-only. During the off-season from June to September, reservations are not necessary for any of the park’s campgrounds, but some campgrounds are closed during this time. Groups can easily be accommodated at the Cottonwood, Indian Cove, and Sheep Pass campgrounds. There are also specific campgrounds designated for equestrian campers.
If the campgrounds within Joshua Tree National Park fill up before you can reserve your spot, plan on RV camping at Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground, located just minutes from the park. Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground offers several amenities, including electric and water hookups, Wi-Fi, hot showers, flush toilets, a playground, a fishing lake, and dump stations. Located just two miles from Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, California is the Twentynine Palms RV Resort. The resort offers several amenities, including partial hookups, flush toilets, an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, fitness center, and Wi-Fi.
Exploring the Area
While you’re RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll find a variety of places to explore nearby. Take a day to wander through Pioneertown, a fun place for the whole family featuring a false-front Old West town. You may recognize Pioneertown from more than 50 TV shows and films. There are mock gunfights in the streets, old-fashioned storefronts, and live music and barbecue at the historic Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.
For those campers who are 18 years and older, plan to visit the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. The Commanding General’s Tours Program is offered during select times and allows visitors the chance to tour the base. Tours must be reserved at least 60 days in advance. These tours are between six and eight hours long, and you’re required to walk through rough terrain and deep sand. You’ll be given a break during the tour to have lunch at one of the restaurants on the base.
There are several restaurants around Joshua Tree National Park where you can find almost any type of cuisine, including Tex-Mex, American, Asian, and Italian. There’s also no shortage of gas stations and convenience stores along the route to the park where you can fill up the gas tank and stock your rental RV with plenty of snacks.
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