Hipcamp host Samuel H.
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*During this pandemic, in order to practice safe social distancing for our guests, the watering hole has limited their services to 4 campsites. Please understand that we are doing everything we can to ensure our guests have a clean and comfortable environment. We encourage you to do the same. #WeAreAllInThisTogether All are equal, and welcome to enjoy the peace, tranquility,
*During this pandemic, in order to practice safe social distancing for our guests, the watering hole has limited their services to 4 campsites. Please understand that we are doing everything we can to ensure our guests have a clean and comfortable environment. We encourage you to do the same. #WeAreAllInThisTogether All are equal, and welcome to enjoy the peace, tranquility, and the best sunrise in the desert. Tent camping at it best. Less than a mile on a well maintained desert road. Experience star viewing like no place else. Away from it all, yet close enough for Pizza delivery. There is no traffic noise. 360-degree views. Just five minutes from Hwy 62 aka 29 Palms Hwy. Ten minutes from the JTNP east entrance visitors center. Views of everything for 30+ miles.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
6 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Have a question? Send Samuel a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Watering Hole in California.


Joshua Tree Lake is a small lake just a 12 minute drive from the campsite. Joshua Tree lake is also where the annual Music Fest...Read more


Free range chicken that produce farm fresh eggs onsite for purchase


The vibe at The Watering Hole

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Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2017

Samuel, his wife, and his dogs are so friendly and welcoming, they made sure we had everything we needed. my friend and I loved watching the sunset, it was the best one I saw during my trip. Such a cool place thats still close enough to the park, we were able to roll out of our tent and make it to watch the sunrise in Joshua Tree.

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Hipcamper Jazminn
Jazminn E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 16th, 2017

This is such an awesome and serene place, covered under the starry night sky. It's a very peaceful area overlooking the military base and national monument park. It's not far from town or the monument and is off of a regularly dragged dirt road. The host is very generous and welcoming, and accommodates free fire wood. I come from Colorado so the change of scenery, climate, and atmosphere was very breathtaking. I appreciated the hospitality and comfort The Watering Hole has to offer. I recommend any persons staying in the area looking for a nice quiet campground to book a night at this spot.

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 16th, 2017

Samuel was super nice and made us feel really comfortable. The location is just outside of Joshua tree (20 min drive from north entrance) and is close to town also. It's mostly flat land with a view of the mountains in the distance. Sunsets were beautiful. The facilities are clean and includes an outdoor shower! Solar powered garden lights gently lit our path too and from. He supplied a cooler, fire pit with grill AND firewood. Also their two dogs are the cutest and will visit you if you like. We felt so lucky to find this 5 acre plot. Definitely recommend

Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 21st, 2017

A great spot to camp! As other reviews already stated: a very beautiful night sky (we even saw some shooting stars!) and sunrise. Clean toilet and the shower immediately wakes you up on a chilly november morning. ;-) Samuel is a really helpful guy! He gave us fire wood and started the fire for us and asked if we needed something else. Bonus points: 2 very cute dogs can be your companions if you want!

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Hipcamper Nicholas
Nicholas D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 25th, 2017

Staying here was awesome! Sam and his family were extremely welcoming, even inviting us to their thanksgiving dinner. The site had everything we needed including a fire pit with grill grate, firewood, showers, bathroom, and plenty of space. I would definitely recommend staying here if you’re looking for a place to camp in the area.

Hipcamper kanchan
Kanchan G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 30th, 2017

We had the most amazing time at the Watering hole! The camping site is really nice and the bathroom and drinking water was right by us. The place is beautifully maintained with solar path lights and proper songs and notes everywhere. The bathroom is clean. The location is not far from the park and just like the post says, it is close enough ro get pizza delivery - and we did ! It was wonderful to enjoy a pizza by the fire. Sam is very friendly and helpful and attentive as a host and he has given a lot of attention to detail in making this site feel comfortable and welcoming ! He also has firewood available so we did not have to go buy it the day we arrived. Part of the welcoming committee are the cutest dogs and we had such a fun time playing with them! I highly recommend this place to everyone!

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Hipcamper Tom
Tom K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 3rd, 2017

Sam is a wonderful and generous host. We cannot thank him enough. There is a bonfire pit, bathroom, shower, and everything you need. Five stars! Be sure to follow the directions given when booking, we used the gps which was not correct.

Hipcamper Claire
Claire H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 12th, 2017

Such a great place to stay. Beautiful, comfortable, and Mr. Hicks is very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Leah
Leah H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 29th, 2017

We arrived after dark and Sam had a fire already lit and warm for us! Waking up to the overall broad view was wonderful. Great that there is a porta toilet, outdoor shower and water. Great place to stay.

The Watering Hole
United States
6 Sites
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