Off-the-grid camping on tent platforms or ground space, with solar showers, some drinking water (bring your own) a water tower for washing up, and generally great cellular service, but no dedicated wi-fi router.
Come tent or van camping at an off-the-grid rural mountain desert retreat! Great for single, family and group camping, yoga, writer's get away. Drive 2 miles down a well-maintained dirt road, unlock the double gates, drive in to unload, and to chillax under the most beautiful view of the stars in Joshua Tree, at the base of Copper Mountain. 5 acres of beauty and privacy, at elevation 2800+ which gives you a wonderful panoramic view of the lights of the city at night. Great hiking and mountain climbing, or sit by your campfire after a busy day.
Tent Platform 2 is 12 ftx 12ft - comfortable wood planks to put your tent on, or put a pop-up and use it as a set-up space if you bring your own camper van. Parking is next to your tent platform. All tent platforms are inside a fenced area. For the extra per-person fee, your additional campers can pitch one small tent on the ground near your tent platform. There is a firepit at each campsite.
There is a beautiful, secluded hike-in spot way up the mountain - a secluded rock area with a fire pit - great for a hike or sunset gathering. Be careful on the rocky surface.
Community amenities: picnic table, a cafe table & chairs, access to the water tower (NOT potable), some drinking water, a porta potty, composting toilet and outdoor solar shower. Bring your own water, cooler, lighting and firewood. Or you can buy firewood from the corner store at Yucca Mesa & Aberdeen, or from my neighbor Scott.
Joshua Tree main street is an 8 -10 minute drive, where you will find food and drink at Joshua Tree Saloon, breakfast at Country Kitchen, Crossroads Cafe or Natural Sisters Cafe. Stater Bros grocery store, Walmart and Home Depot are in Yucca Valley and best to stop there on your way to Joshua Tree. There's a yoga studio, pizza at Pie for the People, and coffee shop. Neighbors Scott and Elia are just a minute around the mountain sell bundles of wood for $5 each. I can text you the address. Honor the mountains and the desert by hauling out your trash, and keeping the quiet at night.
Joshua Tree National Park is about 6 miles away and offers climbing tours, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking trails along Ryan Mountain, Split Rock, Trashcan Rock. Things to do in the area: visit the Wall Street Mill, Johnny Lang Grave, Fortynine Palms Oasis, Skull Rock, Keys Ranch, or see a concert at Landers Brewery Pub, Joshua Tree Saloon, Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown. Take a scenic drive to Barker Dam, Jumbo Rocks, Desert Queen Mine, Geology Tour Road.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Desert Daisy- 2nd Tent Platform
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As I drove the dirt road to Desert Daisy I was so focused on getting to the right address that I didn't notice the beautiful views that awaited me. Higher in elevation than most of the town of Joshua Tree, Desert Daisy overlooks the wide valley and the mountains of Joshua Tree National Park. Host Judy constructed new tent platforms with fire rings around the edges of a rock labyrinth. Also available for rent on the property is Georgie, a fully furnished camper. The sunset views are spectacular. I built a fire and watched the lights of Joshua Tree flicker to life in the distance. In the morning I walked the labyrinth at sunrise before hiking up the hill behind the campsites for a birds eye view. Desert Daisy is a cool, eclectic property.
I am hesitant to write this review because part of me would like to keep this secret to myself. This is a great place to camp. Beautiful sky, mountains and scenery in a very private spot close to Joshua Tree. There are 3 nice tent platforms each with a fire pit. There is also a water tank, picnic table and a composting toilet. The site is nestled at the base of a rocky ridge and if you climb to it's highest point, there is an awesome fire pit with 360 degree views of the valley. The host, Judy, is awesome. We stayed here because we could not find a campsite inside the park, but next time I will not waste my time looking for campsites inside the park.
Judy was very accommodating and the space was very nice. There is a nice little hike behind the camping space that gives a great 360 degree view of the area. Very close to Joshua Tree as well. We would definitely book again.
Very nice place, secluded, clean and quiet. Stars looked amazing at night! It’s close to the JT park. I wish I would’ve arrived at daylight for setting up the shower. Communicating with Host was vey efficient during my stay.
I would stay there again!
We had an amazing time at Judy's camp site.
Pros: Judy and her nephew are helpful, prompt and friendly. They provide more than enough amenities to make roughing it a little easier. We didn't get a chance to hike to the top where they have a fire pit but we will definitely be rebooking.
Cons: None that come to mind.
Thank you Judy!
Great views, quiet space and close to Joshua tree. There was a bathroom, water, and a nice platform so you don't have to sleep on rocks. There are multiple campsites which I was not expecting but they were far enough apart to not feel crowded.
We came during the summer and there was no water available. The site is in the middle of a desert. We found the site inadequate and chose to stay in a motel instead. Would not book again.