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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

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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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
124
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

Biking in this park provides some pretty jaw-dropping views, but is also restricted to vehicular roads (i.e., if a car or ohv c...Read more

Hiking

Rich with breathtaking landscape that feels like a forgotten land on another planet, there are miles and miles of trails for ex...Read more

Horseback riding

Sometimes, a strikingly beautiful place is just made better by the presence of a good friend. we believe this absolutely applie...Read more

OHV

You know those endless stretches of california desert are calling your name, and you can feel your fingers itching at the thoug...Read more

Climbing

We see you, climber, explorer of boulders, scaler of mountains. while everyone else is standing, jaw agape, iphones out, you ca...Read more

Wildlife watching

The desert is full of secrets, and one of the biggest ones is the abundance of life that finds home in the nearly 800,000 acres...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Jumbo Rocks Campground.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 25th, 2015

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!

Sunset at Jumbo RocksCampsite at Jumbo Rocks- tie down and stake your tent it gets windy at night!
Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 23rd, 2015

Jumbo Rocks is awesome - the campsites are very spacious and you've got great access to climbing. Highly suggest a night walk as well! The stars are unreal.

Sunrise is the best time of day.
Hipcamper Nick
Nick L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 10th, 2015

Honey Bees at Jumbo Rocks are extra thirsty and always looking for a bit of water. Be sure to put away water bottles and anything wet or they'll swarm to it in a matter of minutes. Beeware!

Night Skies are fantastic!Jumbo Rocks CampgroundJumbo Rocks CampgroundScrambling up the rocks at sunset gives great views
Hipcamper Ivan
Ivan R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 9th, 2015

This is my favorite part of the park. Skull rock trail is only 1 mile rt.
Site 62-64 is the best for group camping.

Jumbo Rocks campground Site 63Jumbo Rocks campground Site 63Jumbo Rocks campground Site 63
Hipcamper Grace
Grace Y.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 27th, 2015

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!

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Hipcamper Anna
Anna S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 6th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Fontane
Fontane A.
recommends this listing.
February 14th, 2018

As of February 7, 2018, this campground is no longer first-come first-served; make sure to make a reservation on recreation.gov beforehand!

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew O.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 23rd, 2015

Jumbo Rocks is RAD! so many rocks to jump around and climb on. Feels like your on another planet

Jumbo Rocks CampgroundFun at Jumbo Rocks
Hipcamper Ivan
Ivan R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 15th, 2015

Jumbo Rocks is the best place to camp. First come first serve basis, beautiful stars at night. If you're a photographer trying to capture some magnificent star trails, this is it.

Park
Joshua Tree National Park
State
California
Phone Number
760-367-5500
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
33.992° N, 116.062° W
$10/night
Tent Only: 124 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)