Camping Outside of the Park

Are there any available campsites in the park right now?

Campgrounds are usually full on weekends October through May. From mid-February to mid-May (and during holidays) campgrounds usually fill throughout the week. To improve your chances of getting a campsite and avoid disappointment, visit during the off-season (June-September), reserve a site, and/or have alternate overnight plans ready.

Reservations are required at all campgrounds except Belle, White Tank, and Hidden Valley.


Camping and Lodging Outside the Park

There are a variety of private campgrounds, RV parks, and lodging options outside the park.

For more information, check out the following sources:

29 Palms Chamber of Commerce

Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce

Visit Greater Palm Springs


Private Campgrounds and RV Parking

The following list of area campgrounds is for informational purposes only and is not an endorsement or recomemendation.

North of the Park

Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground

2601 Sunfair Road
Joshua Tree, CA

Joshua Tree RV & Campground

6225 Sunburst Avenue
Joshua Tree, CA

Desert Drifter RV Resort

55408 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA
(760) 362-2163

Pioneertown Corrals

53626 Mane Street
Pioneertown CA 92268
(760) 365-7580

Twentynine Palms RV Resort

4949 Desert Knoll Avenue
Twentynine Palms, CA

Tortoise Rock Casino *

73829 Baseline Rd
Twentynine Palms, CA
*Self-contained RV parking. No hook ups.

California Welcome Center*

56711 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
*Self-contained RV parking. No hook ups.

South of the Park

Chiriaco Summit

62450 Chiriaco Road
Chiriaco Summit, CA

Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA

70405 Dillon Road
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Emerald Desert RV Resort

76000 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Short-Term Camping on Private Land



Dispersed Camping

There are some camping options nearby the park on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These lands have their own rules and regulations for dispersed camping.

There are no developed facilities in dispersed camping areas: no restrooms, no water, no trash collection. Bring what you need and pack out all your trash. All vegetation, living or dead, is protected by law. Campfires require a permit available from BLM offices.

Camping is allowed within the dispersed camping areas shown, except within 300 feet (91 m) of roadways or if there are signs marking the area closed to camping.

Learn more about where and how to camp on these lands on the BLM website.
A map showing the area north of Joshua Tree's boundary, in between the West Entrance and the North Entrance. A rectangle is highlighted in light blue and marked as BLM Dispersed Camping Area
Map of BLM Dispersed Camping Area North of the Park
Please follow the map carefully before camping. The area is surrounded by private property on which camping is not allowed.
A map of the Bureau of Land Management land south of Joshua Tree National Park. The rectangles highlighted in light blue show where dispersed camping is allowed.
Map of BLM Dispersed Camping Area South of the Park
The BLM land south of the park allows for camping on certain sections of the BLM land. Follow the map carefully when choosing a campsite to camp in an appropriate area.

Last updated: June 11, 2024

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