Description

Visit Ryan Campground on your next Joshua Tree camping trip for the rare experience of sitting atop a towering boulder as the golden glow of sunset lights up the desert before the stars take over the sky. Choose from 31 first-come, first-served campsites near the park’s center with easy access to Mt. Ryan and Cap Rock. Sites come equipped with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit

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Visit Ryan Campground on your next Joshua Tree camping trip for the rare experience of sitting atop a towering boulder as the golden glow of sunset lights up the desert before the stars take over the sky. Choose from 31 first-come, first-served campsites near the park’s center with easy access to Mt. Ryan and Cap Rock. Sites come equipped with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets. Like many Joshua Tree National Park camping locations, Ryan Campground does not offer potable water, so be sure to bring plenty for drinking and cooking. Horse lovers are welcome—Ryan Campround houses one of just two designated horse camps in Joshua Tree National Park.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
31 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
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 Ryan Campground.

Desert
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Hipcamper Ryan and Danielle
Ryan And Danielle G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 1st, 2015

Great campground in Joshua tree. We camped here on Christmas Day and were surprised to find it completely full, but luckily someone was kind enough to share a site with us. The campsites are large and there is plenty of space, bathrooms are clean. We were able to ride our bikes from the campground to several other areas in the park easily.

Joshua Tree has incredibly starry nights - its a great place to practice night photography!Mountain biking the dirt roads in the park - Joshua Trees of all shapes and sizes!
Hipcamper Jacob
Jacob Z.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 7th, 2015

Probably the 3rd campground in from the entrance to JT, it's not the biggest but that often means people pass it by and you can snag a site (if you're lucky since its first come first serve). No real cell reception in this part of the park which is fine by me. Nice rock formation (easy scrambling like class 3 or class 4) at the center of the campground that the sites are situated around like a pinwheel. No water but has pit toilets.

Our site at Ryan.Views near Ryan Campground.View from the top of the rock formation that dominates the center of Ryan.Setting sun in Ryan Campground.
Hipcamper Kenny
Kenny N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 10th, 2016

Got campsite number 8, it was a huge camp area with leveled grounds big enough for couple tents. Good subjects to photography and the sunsets are spectacular.
Came here during October and be prepared to sweat during the day and put on layers at night because the range of temperatures are 90s - low 50s. Expect to hear howling at night, watch out for rattle snakes.

Stayed here during the first weekend of October 2016.
Campsite number 8. high 80s during the day and 50s at night. Campsite number 8 at night, moon phase is waxing crescent. Campsite number 8 at night, moon phase is waxing crescent. Campsite number 8 at night, moon phase is waxing crescent.
Hipcamper Trish
Trish K.
recommends this listing.
February 21st, 2017

Get there early AM, no reservations!

Hipcamper Max
Max S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 2nd, 2017

I really enjoyed staying in this campground. A kind soul shared her campsite with me, (thanks Brittany!) in what turned out to be a lovely night in Joshua Tree. Coyotes howlin', beautiful stars, and brisk nights in a smaller sized campground. Only thing that bothered me was the campers looking for sites at 11:00pm at night. Camp here if you can/share your spot if you are willing!

My camping spot at Ryan Campground.Beautiful gradient of the sunset at Ryan Campground.
Hipcamper Mark
Mark B.
recommends this listing.
April 5th, 2017

I recommend the sites on the east side of the campground so as to put your tent in a place where it's blocked from the wind

The views of Headstone are ridiculousPixie the Prius stands guard at site 14
Hipcamper Mark
Mark B.
recommends this listing.
April 5th, 2017

I recommend the sites on the east side of the campground so as to put your tent in a place where it's blocked from the wind

The views of Headstone are ridiculousPixie the Prius stands guard at site 14
Hipcamper omar
Omar C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 17th, 2017

Amazing campground here in Joshua tree Park ranger said all campgrounds were full but luckily we found someone leaving here at Ryan. Bathrooms are very clean and do not smell. Campsites are very large with flat spot for tent, Alot of trails and places to go in Joshua tree. I am not a big fan of the sun but it was still an amazing experience. Most campsites do not have any shade so be warned. We brought a cal king sheet and some para-cord and managed to make shift a good shade over our picnic table. It was a lot of fun and an amazing experience. park rangers are friendly here as well. also for photographers and filmmakers. flying drones in the park can lead to a hefty fine. And make sure we clean up after ourselves and keep our parks clean.

Tent setupKitchen Camp setupRelaxing on the rocks!
Hipcamper Kierstin
Kierstin W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 31st, 2017

Awesome campground in Joshua Tree, all (I believe) are first come, first serve in Joshua Tree, so this is the third campground we drove through before finding an empty site. Glad we did! Most of the sites are tucked into the rocks, great spot if you're a climber, we didn't have any gear but scrambled to the top to watch the sunset. Large, clean campsites. Clean restrooms and easy "check-in" process. Make sure to stop and get firewood before you get into the park as it takes awhile to get to the closest gas station to pick any up. Dog friendly, but they must be on a leash.

A quick scramble to get the last of the sunset.Cave pathways connecting campsites. Nestled in among the rocks. Doggo's loved to climb too.
Park
Joshua Tree National Park
State
California
Phone Number
760-367-5500
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
33.983° N, 116.155° W
$10/night
Tent Only: 31 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)