Activities | Camp
| Camping |
Destinations | Deserts
Joshua Tree Backpacking
- camp anywhere in the park by hiking in a mile or more with
- convenient to Los Angeles & San Diego
- no ground fires are permitted
- back country registration is a must
- check with the rangers for all back country
- permits are required for overnight camping & can be obtained
-Visitor Center @ 29Palms
Trail head parking spots located at:
|Parking lot near
||Joshua Tree NP
hiking trail runs nearby]
29Palms park entrance, 8 mi. south to intersection with Park
Blvd. & Pinto Basin Rd., Veer left onto Pinto Basin &
drive 2 mi. to the parking lot on right.
Bright sunny days, with highs temps reaching 70 are perfect
for day hiking. Yes, the temps can dip into the 20's on a cold
spell weekend & the park even receives snow on occassion,
but overall the winter is the least crowded time to visit.
There is nothing quite like bragging to your east
coast buds that your camped out in mid February!
Joshua Tree Campgrounds
Almost all JT campgrounds are free of charge with your National Park admission fees. Certain campgrounds are busier than others & you may find yourself driving quite a ways to find that perfect spot, so make sure to gas up before you enter this park. Feel the desert beauty & vast space. Stay at one of these smaller camgrounds inside the park.
Reserve this JT Campground ONLINE, near Yucca Valley, CA
Black Rock Campground
The only primitive camping is just outside the park boundary
in BLM land toward the east side of the park. It's great for 4x4's
& checking out old mines, but besides that it's pretty desolate.
Rough, rocky & dusty terrain is an understatement. Very little
vegetation, windy conditions & very hot in summers are in
store for any adventurous soul who wants to explore this area.
It is not extremely scenic (compared to the rest of the park)
& a bit on the baren side. If you want absolute solitude,
try it out. Old Dale Road will lead you there from the
park or you can enter from Twentynine Palms area, off Hwy.62 on
Gold Crown Road. Be careful this road is predominately washes
& may require 4x4. For remote camping you may need a camp
Joshua Tree Hiking
|Lost Horse Mine
||historic mining site
||3 mi.(RT) str.
||good lookout points
|Lost Palm Oasis
||largest group of palms
Mountain Biking in JT
Mountain biking is restricted on National Parks. You can only ride on dirt roads. Graded roads
such as Geology Tour Road & the Queen Valley area offer a
bit of off-road satisfaction, but remember no bikes are allowed
on hiking trails.
Off Road Trails in JT
There is plenty to explore off pavement on desert canyons and washes that surround the National Park. Many trailheads & park sights are located on dort roads, but rock crawling is minimal in this region. Sandy desert washes are plentiful. Vehicles are restricted on to dirt roads. Geology Tour Road, Berdoo Canyon, Thermal Canyon & Queen Valley are just to name a few. Off-road (off dirt roads) driving of any vehicle is strictly prohibited, so no cutting across the open desert like they do in the commercials. Save it for Baja. Best off roading desert option is to grab a OHV map of the Mojave Desert.
Joshua Tree Rock Climbing
By far one of the best areas & most popular for this sport
in Southern California.
This campground is the most centrally located for the climbing
||Joshua Tree NP
| $ 0
campground for climbers]
Town of Joshua Tree entrance, go 17 mi. on Park Blvd. to campground.
Both REI & Adventure16
offer beginner training one day courses out @ JT.