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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 Continue reading...

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.

Campsite area
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No. of sites
104
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Desert
Beach
Cave
Forest
Hot spring
Lake
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
OHV
Climbing
Wildlife watching
Boating
Fishing
Paddling
Wind sports
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 20th, 2016

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! :)

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Hipcamper
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 3rd, 2015

A bit further in the park from Black Rock, but worth the drive. There's literally no light pollution, so stars are amaze-balls.

Hipcamper Kristen
Kristen
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 24th, 2015

Stayed here in late July without reserving ahead, and found a perfect spot. Felt like we were the only ones there and the stars/sunrise in the morning were incredible. Easily one of my favorite camping spots.

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Hipcamper Linnaea
Linnaea
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 7th, 2016

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.

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Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 24th, 2015

Book early weekend warriors! This place fills up fast in prime-climb season.

Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 8th, 2015

One of the easiest access campsites in Joshua Tree from Los Angeles.

Hipcamper Madison
Madison
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 29th, 2017

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.

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Hipcamper
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 27th, 2015

Beautiful rock formations, joshua trees, and some pretty decent climbing...need I say more?

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yosemite
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 4th, 2015

Access the amazing boy scout trail from here. About 13 miles across 2 deserts and decent elevation gain. I saw turtles and rattlesnake along the way. You can camp anywhere on the northside of the trail for free, hence the name. Town easily accessible frm cove.

Park
Joshua Tree National Park
State
California
Phone Number
760-367-5500
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
34.097° N, 116.161° W
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