Head out for a desert adventure! Enjoy the stars! Forever views!
50 Yards from The Palms Resturant in Wonder Valley
Brunch 9 am to Noon on Sundays
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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Not very quiet, but nice.
Good: The site (#2) was spacious, had a small port for shade, and a fire ring ready to go. Great views looking east, south and west, which made sunset and sunrise very enjoyable. There was another couple at what I assume was site #3 (more on this in a bit). They were close enough to easily see, but the sound didn't seem to travel. We were a little worried about our Bluetooth speaker, but from about half the distance to the next site you couldn't hear it. I do astro photography fairly often and usually have to go to pretty remote areas to get a nice view of the sky. This place provides an excellent view of the stars while still being pretty close to gas, food, coffee, etc.
Not so good: There's a restaurant/bar fairly close to the campsites. On the Saturday afternoon we arrived, there was a lot of loud music and singing (I assume karaoke). After the sun went down there was some sort of event that got even louder. Yelp said the place closed at 8, but the show didn't stop until at least 10pm. In addition to that, the campsite isn't very far from a road so there's a decent amount of road noise until late into the evening.
tl:dr; if you're looking for a super remote and quiet escape, you might want to look elsewhere. If you and a few friends or family are looking a night under the starry sky that isn't too far out into the styx and you don't mind some noise, this place is great.
Perfect for star gazing!
We went out for the Perseid Meteor Shower and although this destination is further east than the main entrance to the Johua Tree park entrance, it was well worth it as the sky was substantially darker. There is nothing around for a good while. The shelter above the picnic table came in handy as the sun came up. We lucked out that it was overcast during the day on the first day there and it was well welcomed on a hot summer day. Instead of rushing to shade, the kids were able to enjoy the site. There is toilet that flushes with running water and an outdoor shower that was an added bonus. Only thing is, at night, the locals know about it and it's strange to have strangers drive up the campsite to use the restroom and/or shower. It happened both nights we were there.
Easy going and secluded
The camp site was as listed in a secluded area of Wonder Valley, and on a large plot of land far behind The Palms restaurant and live events venue. I appreciated the shaded area and picnic table provided at the site, since the land is very much exposed to direct sunlight during the day on just a large open field. However, this bodes very well for nighttime, as it’s prime real estate for private star gazing by campfire and away from town/city lights ! The Saturday evening we arrived featured fantastic live instrumental music (blues guitar band) and a fun easy going crowd. The music carried nicely in the night to our site (not too loud, and the cut off time was a respectable 10:30p or so) It added to our desert experience in a good way! 11p onward, the camping area was pretty much all our own. The following evening (Sunday before Memorial Day) was very quiet, as The Palms was closed. It was another fantastic and serene night. The only concern was that a few cars would pull up to the restaurant parking lot with their lights on for sometime (either as a meet up for something or random drivers taking breaks in the night. On one occasion someone pulled up to the outdoor shower near the camp site to fill their water containers in the night... All seemingly normal desert/camping nuances. All in all, a good pit stop for a night for any camper. I would definitely come back to check out The Palms restaurant/music venue as it feels more of a local spot, whereas Pappy and Harriet’s feels overrun by LA hipsters, unfortunately.
Quiet, peaceful. Great 360 views. I had a self-contained camper van with a toilet and shower. So didn’t experience using the facilities. I was the only camper there the one night I stayed. Joshua Tree NP was booked so this was a great alternative.
Great stay close to joshua tree
This was a great place to stay that made day trips to Joshua Tree a breeze. Was not expecting flushing toilets inside the porta potty's, which was a nice, unexpected upgrade! Make sure you read the directions in the hip camp for how to get to the spot, especially if coming in the dark. If I had followed the GPS I would have had challenges, but the written directions were clear and easy. The shade structures are a nice feature to a relatively primitive camping spot. Would stay here again!