About Indian Cove Campground
Experience some of the best in Joshua Tree camping at Indian Cove, where you can adventure the day away among the steep and tall rock formations that rise up from the desert floor before falling asleep in your tent tucked away amidst it all. Proximity to climbing routes makes this expansive campground particularly appealing to climbers, but non-climbers alike will fall in love with Joshua Tree National Park camping at Indian Cove for the vibrant spring blooms, Mojave yuccas, shrubs, and desert tortoise sightings in the spring and early fall. Choose from 91 individual campsites and 13 tent-only group campsites. The park allows six individuals and two cars per campsite, but some sites are on the smaller side and may not be able to accommodate this amount. At Indian Campgound in Joshua Tree National Park, water is available two miles away at the ranger station.
- Listing type: Public
- No. of sites: 104
- Phone: 760-367-5500
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs
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Super great campsite just outside of the park. We booked a week in advance in January and got a great site, we were in #68 which we liked, but 76 looked good too, I'm sure there are other great ones, that is just another good one we saw in our loop as we were leaving. Great rocks to climb around just behind the site, and yes, noise was kind of an issue, we had some loud neighbors but it wasn't too bad. The stars were amazing. A really nice option to be able to reserve a site here in advance, rather than chancing your luck on Jumbo Rocks. Honestly would probably just always reserve a site here and just drive in to Jumbo Rocks/the park to explore more. And also, dogs are allowed! :)
Last month I had an amazing solo stay at Indian Cove. I opted to reserve ahead because I didn't know what time I would roll in, but it turned out to only be about half full anyway. Glorious stars and in the midst of the Wonderland of Rocks... can't be beat. Definitely check the map as you select a spot though, some are rather tight, and others totally free to the wide world. Easy access to the Boy Scout Trail that's about a 7 mile hike to more central Joshua Tree, and otherwise on the outskirts of the park if you're into dabbling in some local coffee and vintage shops.
We arrived here around 7pm on the Tuesday before Memorial Day Weekend and had our pick of the sites. Ended up at site #76, which felt really private, had great views, and was sheltered from the hot, early morning sun (essential if you want to sleep in past 5am!)
No cell service here, but it's really close to town. 10 minutes down the road is the Joshua Tree Coffee Company, which makes killer nitro iced coffees, has a gorgeous outdoor seating area, and wifi. Great for working remotely.
Highly recommend booking a group site ahead of time. You get an enormous area to explore by yourself, and the boulders jutting up right into your campsite keep your space secluded and provide perfect climbing opportunities. Did have some noise issues with the neighbors hosting a large party, but it didn't bother our small group…a lot. Beautiful!
This place is great. Even though the site was completely full, we felt removed and isolated. Our site was nestled against some rocks, complete with picnic table, grill and fire pit. Remember to keep in mind that there is no running water. Being downwind from the restroom is not preferable.
Ended up here by accident after we had a reservation mishap over in Jumbo Rocks. Boy were we happy with this place--it's a bit more of a hidden gem! Lots of space, lots of climbing. The surrounding rock formations make each campsite unique and private. We loved it here and can't wait to return.
Great site! Surrounded by piles of rocks that were so much fun to explore. We climbed up the rocks and got a great view of the sunset. The camp site is in Joshua Tree National Park, but there are no roads to drive directly into it. You have to back track a little to get to the park. When booking your reservation check how many people are allowed in your site. We had to book two sites because each could only fit four and there was seven of us. Other sites in the campground have higher limits. Don't let that sneak up on you.
At Indian Cove you get to experience a miniature version of what you see inside the main part of the park, and it is equally as impressive as there are tons of boulders, majestic views, and a lot of hiking trails all within the vicinity. Note, there are no Joshua Trees in this campground. To see the trees you will have to enter the main part of the park. There is no running water here but is available 5 minutes away at the ranger station. The campsites themselves are totally awesome, and I would say this is one of the coolest places to camp because you can pitch your tent right next to the massive boulders. This campground attracts a rowdy crowd so be aware of that, and bring ear plugs if you can't sleep. Otherwise enjoy the desert views!
Great site, very spacious - we had about 10 different campers (each with their own tent) fit very comfortably in the site, and were still able to fit a large "kitchen" area (this was a company outing). Perfect spot to climb, and great access to other (more difficult) climbs.