Camp at Joshua Tree's Jumbo Rocks

Added by Juan Moreno

Minimal light pollution. Great night photography. First-come, first-served campsites.

Set your tent up next to a wall of tall boulders. This campground can offer a little shade, which is key especially during the warmer months. At the campground, there are 124 first-come, first-serve sites for $10 per night. Each campsite comes available with a picnic table and fire ring. The campground has pit toilets available.

Be sure to stay hydrated, not only because of the warm weather, but also the elevation of the campsite, which sits at 4,400 feet.

During the day, you should check out Cholla Cactus Gardens or head out for a night shoot at Arch Rock or the Wall Street Mill.

You can check for updates on the National Park Services website.

Read More

Tags

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

🥇Top Contributor

8 days ago

Our Favorite Joshua Tree Campground

I love Jumbo Rocks campground! We were able to pitch our tent in front of yes, a jumbo rock, to block the wind during our winter visit. The campground was quiet, and there are so many cool formations and trails to explore from the campground. Note that there isn't firewood or water here, so be prepared to bring your own.

🥉Contributor

about 1 year ago

Loved Jumbo Rock

Campsites 1 and 2 are by far the best! It’s spacious and some fun rock formations to scramble on.

Jumbo Rocks

I really love Jumbo Rocks. Its near skull rock and there’s a trail inside the camp ground to skull rock. Awesome sunrises and sunsets.

🥈 Contributor

over 3 years ago

Great campground with more open space but less rock formations right on the campsites.

I think Hidden Valley has better rock formations right by the campsites but Jumbo Rock is still a fantastic place to camp in Joshua Tree. I think there are more spots here with a general desert/dry bush surrounding. Jumbo is a great place to explore, especially the boundaries of the camping area, there are some awesome boulders right near by. All the sites I've been to have been well maintained and noise disturbances were'nt an issue. I'll usually check Hidden Valley and then Jumbo. You can't really go wrong with either place if you can get a spot with nearby rock formations. Both will include the incredible view of the stars, make sure you stay awake long enough to appreciating the night sky.

Admin

🥇Top Contributor

over 3 years ago

Star gazing

JTree is great since it doesn't take that long to get there (SoCal) and once you are there, it's a whole other world. Cold at night but the stars are great.

Stay Nearby

Twentynine Palms, California

Indian Cove Campground

Overview Indian Cove Campground lies amid the huge, steep rock formations for which Joshua Tree National Park is known. Because of its proximity to many rock climbing routes, it is a popular campin...

From $20/night

Desert Hot Springs, California

New Listing! Pike Oasis W/ Pool & Hot Tub

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Find your bliss in the desert at Pike Oasis, a luxe 5BR/2.5BA retreat in th...

From $555/night

Yucca Valley, California

Black Rock Equestrian Campground

Overview Black Rock Horse Campground lies among one of the thickest Joshua tree forests in Joshua Tree National Park. Its location on the park's northern perimeter makes it a popular rest stop for ...

From $20/night

Bermuda Dunes, California

Posh Private Home W/ Amazing Backyard Pool & Spa, Game Room

• TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Perfectly positioned between La Quinta and Palm Desert, this contemporary a...

From $235/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike Skull Rock Trail at Joshua Tree National Park

    You can park at the Jumbo Rocks Campground to start this quick hike. There are two parking locations for this campground and it will be easiest if you use the first one you see, rather than going farther off the road and right next to the campsite...

    1.8 miles 185 ft gain

  • Hike the Split Rock Trail

    From Park Blvd you'll turn off onto a dirt road labelled with signs for Split Rock. At the end of the road there is a round about with parking and picnic tables.  Split Rock is at the parking lot and the trail starts from here. The trail begins fr...

    2 miles 168 ft gain

  • Hike Split Rock Loop in Joshua Tree National Park

    Starting out at the Split Rock Trail parking lot, you'll see Split Rock, which might be the most visited boulder in the park. Everyone makes a visit to it and while it is absolutely amazing, it's great to take the hour or two to wander around to m...

    2.65 miles 170 ft gain

  • Explore the Desert Queen Mine and Wash

    This is a great trail and arguably, entering the mines is the coolest part. Bring a headlamp so you can see down tunnels. As you go past the giant boulders on the right, you enter a nice microclimate of cooler air and scrubby oak trees. Don't forg...

    4.9 miles 672 ft gain