About Camp Ruffin' it Joshua Tree
Private comfy dog friendly camping property! Bring your friends and family to our unique piece of Joshua Tree land with vast beautiful views and phenomenal sunsets. A very short drive to everything local. Dog sitting is sometimes available when you hike or go to dinner. Let the dogs run around while you sit back with a glass of wine enjoying the wood burning stove on the deck and sunset! No open fires in Joshua Tree period. Must be on the deck in the stove to protect our beautiful desert. 3 different sites available currently or rent the whole property. Base deck and the coyote corral area opened early with hot camp coffee on the stove. The Camp Ruffin' it wood stove keeps the deck warm till 9 every evening, often later. Smores?
Charging station is available for the camp lights, speaker and cell phones.
Additional add ons available:
For larger groups: Camp breakfast $8, Camp or Pack Lunches $10, Custom dinners $18. *Food Cost are close estimates and not exact until the meals are planned between you and The Camp Chef.
Hiking or exploring? We can make pack lunches.
Need us to provide any Cocktails?
Easy 5 min drive to Joshua Tree National Park and 5 minutes to JT village with local shopping, JT Saloon, Saturday Farmer's Market. Go check out the World Famous Pappy and Harriet's, The Desert Hot Springs, Morongo Casino, Palm Springs and of course our local eateries. Please ask any unanswered questions. We will try and respond quickly to all inquiries . We do have some BEDDING options but you should bring your own sleeping bags, air mattress, blankets, pillows, flashlights, etc if possible to insure your comfort. Let us know if you forget something. Please check weather prior to arriving to insure your comfort Joshua tree is known for being windy. We love dogs but please let us know about all dogs ahead of time. Please pick up after yourself and dogs. We are excited to host you and yours soon.
Yes the club house and entire property are available for private rental just email inquires. 28ft maximum length on trailers and rvs28’ maximum rv length
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 2
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Cars, Vans, Trailers, RV & Motorhomes
- Check in after: 3PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 8 months out
- Weeknight discount: 10% off
The vibe at Camp Ruffin' it Joshua Tree
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We had such a blast in Camp Ruffin' it hanging with our hosts and his dogs for the day! His property is beautiful with stunning views of the desert valley below. Sunsets/Sunrise up here are stunning and stargazing in his comfy "orbital" sofa was awesome! Thanks for having us Hook, hope to return soon :)
WOW! I cannot say enough good things about this place. Don't miss out on the chance to camp here!
The best aspect of this trip that made it all come together were the wonderful hosts; Hook & Tonya! They were kind, hospitable and oh so sweet. Hook was very responsive from the beginning with some tips to help some of our first-time campers prepare for the experience. And Tonya is a world class campfire chef! (Worth every penny to pay for the meals :) especially the campfire caramel corn!!!!) You can tell they both really care about the place and want everyone to have a good time!
The campsite itself is flat and cleared while being very easy to pitch a tent. Flip flops worked just fine for us! Hook & Tonya make it even easier by offering a pop-up RV and extra 2-person tent. There's even a bedroom with a very comfy mattress. Also, there is no running water and no electricity - although they do have a generator you can hook up to your car (it may be small, but actually is fairly powerful!) While it was secluded from the touristy center of Joshua Tree, it was still very close to general stores (like Walmart). So in general, bring lots of water and be prepared to unplug while here :)
This is truly a dog-friendly place. We had a large group and ended up bringing 5 pups! They all had a great time :) Though be careful of chollas (little prickly plants). Otherwise, all the dogs had a nice time and got along well with Bourbon and Nook (the camp's own pups).
The heat was not a problem for us - though it was expected to be quite hot, the fans and shade of the containers were perfect, and the breeze was cool. We even brought some water balloons to ambush each other with! The pups were fine in the shade during the day and given ice water. It was perfectly cool at night for everyone :) Other than heat, be aware of the wind! It can get strong, but it's absolutely fine with sturdy stakes in the ground.
This is the perfect spot for any type of camper. Play horseshoes with Hook, start a campfire with Tonya, play around with Bourbon and Nook - whatever you do, you're guaranteed to have an incredible time. Couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience!
Ultimately, you simply can't miss out on Camp Ruffin' It!
Our stay was an amazing experience. Everything from the camp site itself and the hosts. From start to finish we had excellent communication and we knew exactly what to expect upon arrival.
The hosts were incredibly nice and had the perfect amount of interest and involvement in our group, but also recognized we were here and let us be, even when they didn't have to. We opted for them to do breakfast for us one morning and honestly, we should have done 2. The food was perfect.
The other part that was the most touch of class from out hosts is they have two dogs on property, and well, dogs will be dogs. Everything was handled with the utmost respect and class throughout the trip. Also, we did bring two dogs, they even offered to hang with them while we went in the park.
We will most certainly be back and visit again, I highly recommend for anyone going to the area.
What a great year to bring in the New Year. We had a fairly large group (8 folks) and couldn’t get a camp site in Joshua Tree proper. Hook has a great set up. Plenty of space, super close to the park, and is a phenomenal host. We stayed two nights, shot into the park to go climb for the day and then returned to the camp. There are amenities on the camp site (hot plates for cooking, fireplace on the deck for a fire, music, commode etc). What really makes the campsite great are the quality folks that run it. They are so friendly, and just want to see their guests have a blast. Solid trip, would definitely recommend it for anyone.
This is hands down one of the best places that we have ever camped at in the JTree area. My friends and I decided last minute to go to JTree for New Years Eve. We were lucky enough to find a spot at Camp Ruffin' it and the rest was pure glamping bliss. The host "Hook" has created the perfect mix of comfort and off the grid camping on a piece of land that is breathtakingly beautiful. In our group we had newbies, diehard campers, and in-between, and EVERYONE was ecstatic with their experience at this magical destination. And our dogs were probably the happiest of all and loved being able to play and explore off leash, far from roads, other campers, or other dangers that would have restricted them to leashes.
I really can't say enough about this spot and will DEFINITELY go back again and again! Thank you Hook!!!
Camp Ruffi' it is amazing. Pictures don't really do the site justice. You're a short drive to Johua Tree and the Park, yet you feel a thousand miles away. Hook couldn't be a nicer, more accommodating host. Stay here! We loved it!