Sleep and adventure within one of Joshua Tree National Park’s densest Joshua Tree forests at Black Rock Campground. With 100 individual sites, Black Rock is a quiet and family-friendly Joshua Tree camping location that can be good for both seasoned and first-time campers. The campground also offers a separate camping area for those with horses. Black Rock is one of only two in Joshua Tree National Park with drinking water, but warm and dry Joshua Tree National Park camping conditions mean you should still bring in plenty of your own. Choose from a selection of 100 individual sites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. Flush toilets and a dump station make Black Rock Campground convenient for RV camping, but there are no hookups.
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Great campground! Each site feels somewhat private because of the way they're set up. It was full when we were there, yet I never felt too close to other campers. I was surprisingly pleased with the bathrooms here-- very clean. Plus, the stars are incredible here at night.
Personally, I liked camping outside of the park. Black Rock is close to everything, but far enough away to not feel like a tourist.
Hiked from the back of one of the RV sites all the way up Warren Peak- take the Panoramic Trail, and plenty of water. Beautiful sweeping views of the San Bernadino Mountains and Twentynine Palms on one side, and the Coachella Valley on the other. We arrived at about 2pm, hiked up, spent one night- perfect for single night adventure!
Lots of Joshua Trees; Plenty of hiking opportunities; Running water; Clean bathrooms with flush toilets; Visitor Center on site.
A lot of sites are close together; There can be very noisy neighbors (an entire boy scout troop set up camp next to us after 10pm..bring ear plugs!); WINDY..in fact so windy and cold that I cut my trip short by a night which I've never done before; Really close to the town of Yucca Valley, and by close I mean there are neighborhoods right outside the campground, so this is far from secluded, and city lights are visible from some areas in the campground; Fire pits were very full of ash and in need of cleaning; Not connected to the rest of the park - about 20 minute drive to west entrance
We chose Black Rock because we knew we would be arriving late and wanted to guarantee a spot. Bathrooms were clean and did have running water.
The campground is inside of the park, but not accessible to the rest of the park (~20 min drive back out of the park to the nearest entrance). It was also very WINDY -- we thought it was just the weather while we were there but seems others are giving similar feedback.
We had a great time - but next time, would love to try some of the other campgrounds in the park.