About Jumbo Rocks Campground
If Joshua Tree camping is on the mind, staying at Jumbo Rocks campground is a must! Family-friendly Jumbo Rocks campground is located just a short hike from Skull Rock, one of the coolest rock formations in the park. Jumbo Rocks campground is the biggest of all campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. Pick from 124 first-come, first-served sites that have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Potable water is not a luxury at this campground, make sure to bring plenty, especially in the summer months!
Jumbo Rocks campground usually fills on weekend nights October through May and can be especially busy during holiday months. Remember, advance reservations are not accepted here! Try arriving on a weekday to have the best chance at grabbing a first-come, first-served site at this acclaimed campground.
- Listing type: Public
- No. of sites: 124
- Phone: 760-367-5500
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
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The coolest campground in the park by far. Helpful tip on busy days when searching for a site: CHECK THE TAGS & THE SITE! Some sites are set back out of view & some campers don't remove the tags making it look like they're occupied and they're not!
Loved how close this site was to the rocks! Agree that one should take advantage of a night hike if camping here since you won't have to go way out of your way and can make it back without difficulty. Arrived on a Friday morning this summer and was surprised at how many spots were already claimed - arrive early if you plan on staying the weekend!
I camped here with my sister the other weekend. We drove to the park from LA (roughly a 3 hour drive for those wanting to know. We stopped for coffee and to see the giant dinosaur statues). By the time we got there at 11am Saturday morning the camp grounds were already full. We had to stay at a private campground called Joshua Lake (it was...fine). Sunday we set up at Jumbo Rocks once the weekend crowd started to clear out! Great campsite. The rocks provide privacy from other campers and great cover from any wind. Each site has a fire pit and the toilets are kept pretty clean. Super easy parking and awesome central location in the park.
Just spent Mon-Wed of Thanksgiving week here. AMAZING. Just a stunning as the pics suggest. Because the camp is first come first serve we were in the park looking for a spot by 11:30am (we were supposed to wait til 12 but I was nervous). We got a spot but it was full by probably 1:30 with people roaming for a spot. Lesson here was this time of year, get there early. Perfect trip except a coyote ran off with one of my husband's hiking boots.
This is the best campground in the park imo. The sites are well situated around the rock formations to give each tag its own secluded spot away from the other travelers. Better yet, once camped you can walk out in any direction from your site into the park and begin to explore!
Two friends and I went the third weekend in Jan and found about 10/125 sites vacant at about 12pm when we arrived. The ranger told us this is one of the best times to visit due to low crowd volume. It got a bit windy and pretty cold at night (<40 f) so plan accordingly!
I usually like to hike the Boyscout trail and backcountry camp but found myself getting in late one night last summer and ended up staying at Jumbo Rocks. My girlfriend and I set up camp right against the face of the boulder. Getting a fire going in the fire pit there lit up the whole place and had a really nice glow to it. The next morning was awesome bouldering and jumping around the top. Plus, there are bathrooms and trash bins near by.
I think this is the best campground in the park. So much to explore in the campground itself. We sat on the jumbo rocks behind us and stargazed at night. Although this is one of the bigger sites, it's still hard to find spots. But the spots are large and pretty private.
Be sure to arrive early to ensure a spot! There are so many great places to camp inside JT, but I love camping here the most. The skull rock trail is conveniently located in the campground, an easy and gorgeous 1.7 mile hike that begins and ends in Jumbo Rock campground. A must do in the evening just before the sun sets!
I loved Jumbo Rocks Campground. We went to explore and climb so I also checked out Hidden Valley since a lot of the climbing is near there but liked Jumbo Rocks much more as a campground. Many of the sites are large (we camped at #1 and it was plenty large for multiple tents) and because of the rocks and layout of the campground you're more likely to feel like you're in an isolated/private site at JR. You're near Skull Rock and other trails and can even climb up on the boulders to get a better view. Needless to say, the scenery is amazing, and the stars... to die for... but that would be all over the park :-)
Stayed at campsite #76, after arriving around 6:00pm on Saturday night (1st weekend in August).
Busy but somewhat quiet for the crowds. There were some 18ish year olds next to us doing whippets around 10 at night, but other than the sound of their balloons deflating it was a very quiet night.
Clean bathrooms, pit toilets. Amazing way to see Joshua Tree, but next time I would go during the wee
After my trip to this campsite, I have recommended it to everyone. The sunset and sunrise took my breath away, and the daytime adventures around the campsite are endless. Not to mention you feel like you are walking through the setting of a Dr. Seuss book! I would recommended getting the the camp between 10:30 - 11:00am to ensure that you can get the campsite you want. Make sure to check that tags as people may have left without taking them down. Most of all, enjoy!
Love J tree!! No matter how packed this place may get, you can always find your little slice of peace. Even though some of the sites are pretty close, privacy and noise have never been an issue - it seems to me the people who visit here are respectable nature loving good folk. J tree is just insanely safe and clean feeling - always!! And definitely, check the camp tags - many times they are expired and the campers forgot to remove them.
$25 per person entrance fee (if i remember that right)
Bring cash! There's no service once you get in the park so let your comrades know your site. I had to drive 9 miles just to get service and text my friend from the campground.
$15/night fee. Envelope is by the information post. Put the money in, seal it up, drop by the box. That's how you pay.
Bring lots and lots of water! And a camera! You don't wanna miss out the stars at night. Did my first solo camp here, it didn't let me down. Site 62 was perfect! Climbed the rocks during sunrise, perfect spot for breakfast. Had the whole view to myself.
Beware of bees! They are attracted to water. I saw a lot of bunnies here too.
I travelled on a Friday morning, arrived around 3pm, it was hot. Make sure you set up your tent under a shade.
Recommended for the star gazers.