About JT Highlander Tent Camp
Two Miles from the west entrance of the park! 2 Tent pads are platform type (8ftx8ft), or you can choose spot for a bigger tent. Some shaded areas available, first come first pick. There is a "flush" restroom and hot shower to make your stay more enjoyable! Power outlet for charging your electronics, water, cook wood stove and Propane BBQ supplied for campers. Fire pit available conditions permitting!
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 3
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent, Vehicles & RVs
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at JT Highlander Tent Camp
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JT Highlander Tent Camp has three campsites with tent platforms (a nice feature for a flat, level nights sleep), a flushing toilet, a working propane grill, a spicket for hand washing, an outdoor shower, a trough that can be filled with hose water to help beat the heat, and a great host! Site 1 has the most shade, Site 2 has the best views and medium shade, and Site 3 has the least shade, but nice views. Mike walked us around the camp for a tour and helped us make ourselves at home - he even gave us 4 fresh laid eggs from his hens! The campsite is in a residential area, really close to the entrance of Joshua Tree and the cute shops and restaurants of Joshua Tree town. There are hiking and mountain biking trails nearby, with abounding wildlife. We saw jackrabbits, a coyote, cotton tails, desert wrens, loads of quail, and of course Mike's hens and his neighbors two white horses. Since the horses are so close to the campsites, there is a "horse" smell and one of the horses likes to jingle it's metal gate through the night, so we recommend bringing some ear plugs for a better nights sleep. Mike has gas lamps at each of the campsites as well as fire pits for when the fire risk is low. We loved the proximity to the park, being able to go the bathroom in a flush toilet, and soaking in the tub!
Mike Kondra is a great host. He worked hard to accommodate us by creating a new campsite when his other sites were full. Super clean, if a but rustic, flush toilet bathroom as well as shower on property. His neighbors have horses that lend a subtle but farmlike scent which is subtle, not offputing. We were only there overnight so the fact that our site was full sun was not an issue. Mike's main sites are shaded.
We ABSOLUTELY loved camping here! It was a great little spot that had almost everything we needed (with the exception of a tent). I am excited to book another stay when the weather is a little bit cooler. Mike was an awesome host, there for us when we needed him, but didn't overstep and make us feel uncomfortable. He was extremely accommodating and answered all questions quickly. He even let our little pup come along for the adventure :) I would highly recommend getting there before sundown, the roads are bumpy and would probably be difficult to navigate at night if you're not familiar with the area. Campsite #1 has the most shade, campsite #2 has moderate shade, and campsite #3 is out in the open. The restrooms are clean and the shower is really nice too! There is a grill and a sink to wash your dishes. There is even a charging station for your phone :) I couldn't have wished for anything additional. (If you forget your lanterns or any other camping supplies, Mike probably has something for you to borrow)
This spot is amazing. Nestled away in a magical neighborhood just outside the park, with all the amenities you need to have a comfortable desert camping trip. Location is awesome, vibe is awesome, host is awesome, features are awesome. Having a flushing toilet and shower made this trip extra easy. Highly recommended.