Aside from camping, there are no overnight accommodations within the park.


The park has nine developed drive-in campgrounds. At this writing, you can make reservations for individual sites only at Black Rock Canyon and Indian Cove (tel. 877/444-6777; You can make group camping reservations (sites accommodate 10-70 people) at the same number and website. Belle Campground is on Pinto Basin Road 9 miles south of Twentynine Palms. Black Rock Campground is in the northwest corner, at the head of the 35-mile California Riding and Hiking Trail (to reach it, you have to leave the park boundaries), and is the most developed campground. There is also a visitor center here. Cottonwood Campground is in the southern portion of the park, near the Cottonwood Visitor Center. Hidden Valley Campground, 14 miles south of Joshua Tree, California, is on the main park road. Indian Cove is just inside park boundaries west of Twentynine Palms; as at Black Rock, there are hiking trails leading farther into Joshua Tree, but no roads. Jumbo Rocks Campground, named for its -- surprise! -- jumbo rocks, is 11 miles south of Twentynine Palms. Take Park Boulevard to reach Ryan Campground, 16 miles southeast of Joshua Tree, California. Sheep Pass group camp, a few miles east of Ryan Campground, has group sites only. White Tank Campground is 2 miles beyond the Belle Campground. There are no showers or laundry facilities at any of the campgrounds, and you can make fires only in the fire pits provided at each campsite (bring your own wood).

The park also allows backcountry camping in the wilderness areas; regulations include mandatory registration on boards at the trail heads. Park staffers recommend backcountry enthusiasts buy the Trails Illustrated topographic map of the park (available through the park association) before embarking on a backpacking trip.

Outside of the park boundaries, there are a few commercial campgrounds. One of the best is the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, 5 miles north of Calif. 62 on Sunfair Road near the town of Joshua Tree (tel. 760/366-1213; It has a fishing lake (with bass, bluegill, and catfish), a dump station, a small convenience store, laundry machines, and 44 RV hookups ($28 per night). Tent sites are $16 for two people. Showers cost $5 for walk-ins but are free for guests.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.