Camping Southern California
(White Tank Campground - Joshua Tree National Park)

camping southern California - sunset at Joshua Tree

ADDRESS / TEL / GPS coordinates:

Pinto Basin Road

Joshua Tree National Park

Southern California

USA

N33.98610° W116.01682°

Elevation: 1161m


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WHAT MAKES IT REAL?

LOCATION...

camping southern California - big skies at Joshua Tree


Joshua Tree National Park is a fantastic state park to go camping in southern California. The orange sculpted boulders, sand and Joshua trees make a stunning landscape, especially at sunset when the colors truly come alive and it can look like you are on Mars.

There are 9 camp grounds in Joshua Tree National Park. Our favorite camp grounds are the smallest two...Belle Campground and White Tank Campground.

The picturesque campsites are set amongst big orange boulders, Mojave yucca trees and Joshua trees. We stayed at White Tank as there were less people there than at Belle, when we visited.

If you are camping with horses, there are 2 horse camping grounds at Black Rock Campground and Ryan Campground. There are also 253 miles of equestrian trails at Joshua Tree National Park.


tent camping in California - Joshua Tree National Park


Just a beautiful wild place to camp. The night stars are amazing, hanging down from the sky like you could reach up and touch them.

Make sure you do...

  • the 1 mile loop Hidden Valley hiking trail (lovely big boulders and many Joshua trees),
  • the 3 mile return Fortynine Palms Oasis hiking trail (hike over harsh rocky terrain to a palm tree oasis), and
  • the 7 miles return Willow Hole hiking trail which leads off the Boy Scout trail (a lovely walk through a forest of Joshua trees and boulders)


Note: There is no water at Joshua Tree camp grounds (the nearest water is at the Oasis Visitor Centre, Indian Cove Ranger Station, West Entrance and Black Rock and Cottonwood Campgrounds)

PRICE:

$10 (50% off with a Golden Age/Golden Access seniors card) (2 vehicles which includes trailers, 6 people and 3 tents)

SIZE:

15 campsites

OPENING TIMES:

All year

HOW TO BOOK:

First come first served (although you can reserve Black Rock and Indian Cove Campgrounds and the group campsites by calling 1-877-444-6777)

NUMBER OF NIGHTS YOU CAN STAY:

14 nights from October to May (30 nights in the whole year)

camping southern California - camp site at Joshua Tree

FACILITIES:

  • Dirt floor campsites/pitches (no vehicles greater than 20ft)
  • Vault/long drop/compost toilets
  • BBQ/grill plate
  • Fire pits
  • Picnic tables/benches

PETS ALLOWED?

Yes, but on a leash

ROAD SURFACE:

Tarmac

ROAD SURFACE IN CAMPGROUND:

Dirt

ACTIVITIES:

  • Hiking (no dogs on trails)
  • Horse riding (There are 2 horse camping grounds at Black Rock Campground and Ryan Campground. Call 760-367-5500 for information before you visit)
  • Mountain biking (but not on hiking trails)
  • Rock climbing
  • Tour-led activities


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