Joshua Tree Retreat Center is now offering campground facilities in its 400 acre gardens, centrally located near the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
This land, though desert, rests upon an aquifer, a running river that produces an intriguing magnetic effect on those who enter this ancient and sacred space. There are plenty of wonderful spots and other wonderful evening events under the stars. We do not allow open campfires and barbecues at this time. In the near future we will
We also have meditation paths, tai chi circles, transformation labyrinth, swimming pool, jacuzzi, wellness spa and a traditional Lakota sweat lodge; it truly is a magical place.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Light Park Tent Camping
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Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a beacon of good energy in the Joshua Tree area. While it's well known that the desert is a great place to disconnect from city life and hit reset, camping at JTRC takes it far beyond that. Whether it's the meditation paths, the sweat lodge, or one of the yoga pads with an exceptional view, there's a way for anyone and everyone to clear their mind and recharge. No matter what you come to the desert for, you'll get far more than you ever imagined at JTRC. And did I mention they have a pool?
Light Park Tent Camping was ok. I wouldn't recommend it or stay there again though. We thought there would be fire rings at all the campgrounds but unfortunately there were only three for the 20 "camp sites". Most of them were unmarked so it was difficult to tell if you were even camping in the right place. Also most of the roads were unmarked so it easy to get lost at night. Lastly, the toilets were really far away and there was only one for many campers.
I very much enjoyed our stay at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center's campgrounds. I would highly recommend staying here due to the secluded area and refreshing pool! The only thing is - when we arrived they told us that fires are not allowed. There are a couple sites with a fire pit and table, but they are not to be used because they are waiting for a permit from the fire department. Wonderful place, nonetheless!
The campsites here were very clean with good, flat areas to pitch a tent. The paths to the campsite were a little wild, but I think that was due to a recent rainstorm in the desert. The view towards the back of the property was gorgeous, and we had the whole camping section to ourselves. The property also has many cottages and is close to the highway, so it's not remote, but it was very convenient to get into town and to Joshua Tree NP.
I suppose it's important to note up front that the fire pits are still off-limits due to permitting issues. I packed with this in mind and managed to stay warm, but considering how cold Joshua Tree can get after the sun drops I'd say that it's worth a think before arriving. I was traveling solo and hitting the sack early - so no big deal - but if you're with a group or just hoping to hang after dark I might recommend seeking out a campground that allows fire.
With that out of the way, the Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a lovely spot. The campsites are clean and well manicured, and many of them have their very own joshua tree :) Flush toilets + showers are extremely luxurious after a long day of hiking, and the pool area is a nice treat during the hot sun hours. The staff is crazy nice and I very much enjoyed the spiritual vibe. Note that much of the Retreat Center grounds are designated as off-limits to campers. I was fine with this, but it's worth an FYI. Don't worry - there's still plenty to explore.
The JTRC also extremely convenient to any number of stores, restaurants and the like. A really good location to explore Joshua Tree town, Pioneertown, etc. The downside is that a bit of noise and light pollution is unavoidable. Or rather, if you're expecting the dramatic stillness that you'd find within the park itself you might be a little disappointed. But if you can deal with the soft lull of far-off traffic and a few less stars you'll be fine.
I'd come back and can easily recommend a stay here if the park is full (as it was for me) or you're looking for easy access to the fun that can be found in town.
The Joshua Tree Retreat Center for Mental Physics is a pretty interesting spot; super convenient to JT National Park and the surrounding towns of Yucca Valley and JT, really cool layout and buildings, a pool and warm pool, and really nice shower facilities. However, it is still pretty close to the highway and car noise provides a not-so-pleasant undertone for camping. Also, I was not aware that use of the pool required an extra fee (you should advertise that..) Also curious why not every camp site has a picnic bench or fire ring. Felt a little haphazard, and I wish we could have had a fire.
There is a ton of extra camping here and when we went we were surprised to see not that many others there, since it was a Saturday. This was nice in that it offered a little privacy.
The location is really easy to access, close to the entrance of the park in the case that you are not able to grab a spot in the park on the North Entrance (about 15 minutes). This makes for a great and safe alternative campground while visiting the area. While there are a lot of amenities, you really have to time it just right to take full advantage, I recommend calling a head. Seems that most of the yoga classes happen during the week and the sweat lodge is only available, when there is a retreat with the man who runs it, but seriously can't wait to experience this. That being said, there is a wonderful meditation garden, and pool. Plenty of space and easily accessible campgrounds for all vehicle types. There is currently no campfires in this campground but they are working on getting permits for the future, so stay tuned for that.
In the case that you are considering running a retreat, this would be a fantastic place for your consideration.