Hipcamp host James  D.
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Welcome to Shangri-La!  Once you arrive you will never want to leave. Shangri-La is an expansive experience which rests within a natural desert camp in a secluded spot in North Joshua Tree, just minutes away from Joshua Tree National Park.  The quaint Joshua Tree Village is a few miles down the road where you can enjoy art, music, shopping and dining at local mom and

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Welcome to Shangri-La!  Once you arrive you will never want to leave. Shangri-La is an expansive experience which rests within a natural desert camp in a secluded spot in North Joshua Tree, just minutes away from Joshua Tree National Park.  The quaint Joshua Tree Village is a few miles down the road where you can enjoy art, music, shopping and dining at local mom and pop businesses.  Shangri-La offers amazing 360-degree views, simple basic tent or car camping with 5 open campsites with enough room to spread out.  You bring everything you need (tent/firewood/supplies/soap/toilet paper/etc.) and we provide the space, water, a flushing toilet and a small fire pit (at each site) to stay warm and toasty during the amazing, quiet and star filled desert nights.

Shangri-La is dog and kid friendly but please let us know about animals ahead of time.  There is no power on site, yet we have great cell phone service so you will be able to navigate the area.  Local shops such as Joshua Tree Outfitters & Nomad Ventures rent and sell camping equipment.  Sam’s Market, Mike’s Liquor in Joshua Tree & Vons or Stater Brothers in Yucca Valley sell firewood.  When you arrive, go directly to your designated camp site and please check our Community & Event Board.  Additional people must park in the overflow parking area.  The area is quiet so be mindful of the noise.  ALSO, PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH THE OPEN DESERT, THE DESERT ECOLOGY IS HARDY YET FRAGILE, STICK TO THE ROADS AND TRAILS.  Thank You!  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
5 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Tap
No fires
Toilet available
Flush toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
No showers
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Shangri-La Skies in California.

Desert

Places to see near Shangri-La

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
9 miles way Explore
Mount San Jacinto State Park
Mount San Jacinto State Park
31 miles way Explore
San Bernardino National Forest
San Bernardino National Forest
48 miles way Explore
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
66 miles way Explore
Palomar Mountain State Park
Palomar Mountain State Park
69 miles way Explore
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
88 miles way Explore
Saddleback Butte State Park
Saddleback Butte State Park
91 miles way Explore
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park
97 miles way Explore
Cleveland National Forest
Cleveland National Forest
99 miles way Explore

The vibe at Shangri-La Skies

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Hipcamper Sara
Sara S.
recommends this listing.
December 29th, 2017

I enjoyed a night of quiet and solitude at Shangri-La. After a few days in the busy campgrounds of Joshua Tree National Park it was a pleasant change of pace to come out into the desert, build a campfire, listen to the ravens, and watch the stars emerge as the sun set. The property owners were welcoming and quick to respond to any questions I had. The newly built bathroom with flush toilet and running water was a treat! I'll definitely return to Shangri-La next time I'm in the area.

Waiting for sunset, which sets spectacularly over the mountains to the west.Newly built bathroom with flush toilet and running water - a luxury!Campfires are contained in these repurposed fire rings. They used to be washing machine tumblers, and they let in just the right amount of air circulation for a perfect fire.Leashed dogs are allowed on the property.
Hipcamper Sjoerd
Sjoerd S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 11th, 2018

Was a great site, wind was bad so I didn't get to enjoy a fire but, it was awesome!

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Hipcamper Clint
Clint K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
February 19th, 2018

quite camp site, overall a pleasant experience! definitely come back again soon!

Hipcamper Janeil
Janeil D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 23rd, 2018

Shanghai-la was a very nice campground. Very quite with not much around you. Great place for night skies. The road to get there was a bit bumpy but worth it. Facilities were very clean. The owners were great to. Quick to respond to anything we needed. Would definitely stay here again!!

Hipcamper Rachelle
Rachelle S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
February 23rd, 2018

Great site

Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
March 14th, 2018

Quiet, secluded and enchanting. The campsite was a godsend after finding all the camping inside Joshua Tree NP full (on a Monday in March!). The owners were there to greet us shortly after we arrived and give us a lay of the land. Wonderful night skies, distant coyotes calling. Great site for tent camping and convenient to the NP. Would stay again.

Hipcamper Chic
Chic C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
January 6th, 2018

Diana is SO NICE and she has a nice bathroom there with running water and she has fire rings and the camp site is cute and fenced in which I like and she even drove to us to show us how to get there when we got lost.

Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
January 26th, 2018

This was a very cool site. We had the whole campground to ourselves. Was a bit difficult to find- but is a good way to beat the crowds in JT. Fire pits were provided and hosts helped a lot with finding the place. Had a fun stay and would definitely be back!

Hipcamper Lois
Lois G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
February 8th, 2018

Shangri-La is very peaceful and I plan to come back on future trips through Yucca Valley. You sleep in the midst of beautiful creosote. In the distance are the Bullion Mountains, Sheephole Mountains and the hills near Lander. The sky is immense. In the evening, I heard coyotes yipping and howling. And in the morning, a great horned owl. A native kangaroo rat (it looked like one in the dim light) visited as well. The hosts were very responsive and kind. Their directions made it very easy to find the camp sites. There's a very nice bathroom and sink with running water servicing the five sites. I also liked the solar lanterns at each site. Without giving away the location of the Shangri-La, there's a prominent sign at eye level pointing you to the site. You'll be on a well-graded dirt road until you reach the sign. If you love private, serene camping in the desert, you will love Shangri-La!

Property
Shangri-La
State
California
$25/night
5 Sites