If you’re after a weekend of stargazing and wildflower peeping, Cottonwood Campground should probably be added to the “must-stay" list for your next Joshua Tree camping adventure. Tucked away in the south of Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 3,000-feet, the campground is nearby Cottonwood Visitor Center, Mastodon Peak, and Lost Palms Oasis. Choose from 62 sites, including three group sites, each with access to picnic tables, fire rings, and flush toilets. Cottonwood Campground is one of just two Joshua Tree National Park camping locations with potable water.
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This is the southernmost campground in Joshua Tree -- it doesn't have the gravitas of the other sites with the views and the incredible rock formations in the park, but I was glad to snag a site on a busy weekend. The sites are pretty close together, so hope for a good neighbor. There was a big group of preteens -- practically a whole school -- studying geology when I was there, that may have colored my experience a bit.