From mountain vistas to secret spots nestled among the boulders, here are the best camping spots in Joshua Tree.
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of LA, there’s no better place than Joshua Tree. But while it might be tempting to book that desert chic, geodesic dome house on Airbnb and spend the weekend drinking pre-mixed margaritas in the hot tub, there’s something to be said for camping out under the stars.
After all, what could be better than finding a secluded spot, nestled between giant boulder formations and spindly cacti, where you can roast marshmallows and watch UFOs glide by?
So, if you plan to spend the weekend getting back to nature, here are the eight best camping spots in Joshua Tree.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Good for: Avoiding the crowds
Open: October – May
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more secluded, Belle Campground might be your spot. This first-come, first-served location has just 18 spots nestled underneath some spectacular giant boulders and is located away from the main area of the park towards Twentynine Palms. Although it’s a little further away, it still gives you easy access to some amazing hikes, like the Arch Rock Nature Trail.
Good for: Amazing views
Open: All year
If you like your camping trips to have some basic modern conveniences, like flushing toilets, then consider Black Rock. Its high elevation also means you’ll be treated to some spectacular views of the Yucca Valley (perhaps from the door of your tent, if you manage to snag a good spot) and be close to some incredible mountain hikes. Although there are 99 sites available, you can book up to six months in advance via recreation.gov.