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Reservation Camping

The majority of the 500 campsites in the park are available by reservation. Reservations can be made the same day or up to 6 months in advance and can be booked on recreation.gov. Book your site before entering the park. Cell service is unreliable and nonexistent in Joshua Tree National Park.

Reserving a site is highly recommended if you plan to camp on a holiday, a weekend, or any day of the week in the spring. Our busy spring season runs from November to May.

Summer Status: All reservation campgrounds are open year-round. Some sections of Indian Cove Campground, Black Rock Campground, and Cottonwood Campground close in the summer.
 

Reservations Required

  • Color photo of a tent campsite set up at dusk with a Joshua tree overhead.

    Black Rock

    99 sites. $25 per night. 4,000 feet in elevation. Water, flush toilets, tables, fire grates, and a dump station.

  • Color photo of evening light on Cottonwood Campground by NPS / Kurt Moses.

    Cottonwood

    62 sites. $25 per night. 3,000 feet in elevation. Water, flush toilets, tables, fire grates, and a dump station.

  • Color photo of a campsite at dark with a fire lit and headlamps leaving light trails.

    Indian Cove

    101 sites. $25 per night. 3,200 feet in elevation. Pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.

  • Color photo of people standing around a campfire with a guitar. NPS / Brad Sutton

    Jumbo Rocks

    124 sites. $20 per night. 4,400 feet in elevation. Pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.

  • Color photo taken at night with a tent, Joshua tree, and night sky. NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

    Ryan

    31 sites. $20 per night. 4,300 feet in elevation. Pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.

 

First-Come, First-Served Camping

Hidden Valley, White Tank, and Belle Campgrounds are first-come, first-served. A ranger will come by with portable registers to collect the campsite payment throughout the day. There is no longer a self-registering, pre-payment system for first-come, first-serve campsites. The fee is $15 per night.

First-come, first-serve campsites are highly competitive on holidays, most weekends, and the springtime. They are full nearly every weekend from Sept-May and most weeknights during our busy spring season from mid-February to mid-May. On the weekends, they are typically full by Friday afternoon. The earlier you arrive in a week, the better chance you will have to secure a site. To avoid disappointment, reserve a site at recreation.gov.

Can't find a campsite inside the park? Learn more about Camping Outside of the Park.

Summer Status: White Tank Campground and Belle Campground temporarily close during the summer. Hidden Valley Campground is open year-round.

 

First-come; First-served

  • Color photo of RVs in sites at Belle Campground with rock formations and Joshua trees nearby.

    Belle

    18 sites. $15 per night. 3,800 feet in elevation. Pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.

  • Color photo of a tent site set up in the shadow of a large rock formation. NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

    Hidden Valley

    44 sites. $15 per night. 4,200 feet. Pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.

  • Color photo of a pop-up van parked at a site.

    White Tank

    15 sites. $15 per night. 3,800 feet in elevation. Pit toilets, tables, and fire grates. No water.

 

Can't Find A Campsite?

The park has become an extremely popular destination in recent years. Due to this popularity, all park campgrounds are usually full on weekends October through May.

If you arrive too late to get a site in a designated campground, you have the following options:

  • Camp on Bureau of Land Management land outside the park.
  • Go to a private campground or stay in lodging in gateway communities. Please contact area chambers of commerce for information.

Sleeping in your vehicle overnight along the roadside or at a roadside pull off is not allowed, and violators may be subject to a citation.

For more information, visit our Camping Outside of the Park page.

 

Group Sites

There are three areas that have group campsites: Cottonwood, Indian Cove, and Sheep Pass.
  • Group sites can accommodate 10-60 people.
  • Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance for Cottonwood, Indian Cove, and Sheep Pass.
  • Cottonwood and Sheep Pass Group Campgrounds are for tents only. Indian Cove Group Campground can accommodate small RVs or trailers, with a maximum combined length of 25 feet.
 

Equestrian Camping

Black Rock and Ryan Campgrounds have designated horse camps. Ryan is closed in the summer months. See the horseback riding page for more information.

 

Regulations

Visit our Camping Regulations page to learn more about general rules, pets, quiet hours, and fires/firewood. Attaching lines to vegetation, including Joshua trees and junipers, is prohibited. Hammocks, slacklines, and other horizontal ropes must be tied to rocks and climbing bolts, and are not permitted in campgrounds.
 

Last updated: September 1, 2021

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