Hipcamp host Genevieve C.,
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Enjoy starry nights and the fun of camping at a drive-in movie theater. Movies are played Thursday through Sunday. We're only 4 miles from Joshua Tree National Monument. We have bathrooms (no showers), picnic tables, and fire rings for each site.  CURRENTLY NOT SHOWING MOVIES DURING THIS COVID PANDEMIC! 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send GENEVIEVE a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)


Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Smith Ranch Drive-in Theater in California.


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Hipcamper Jaime

Drive-in and chill — we’ll be back!

Jaime K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
February 17th, 2020

Never been to a drive-in before, let alone camped at one. This was a great way to relax after a long day in the park, and the movie playing was actually one that we’d been wanting to see which made it even better. Smith’s Ranch is very easy to get to from the Northeast exit of the park. You can choose to be inside or outside of the drive-in space, depending on your privacy preferences. We rented a camper van through Outpost Vans (which was awesome!) and were easily able to maneuver around into our spot. On top of all of this, Genevieve and her team were incredibly welcoming and so friendly. We couldn’t have asked for better hosts. We will definitely be back again!

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Hipcamper Jeremy

At the drive in...

Jeremy K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
February 19th, 2020

Pretty cool to be able to pull your van in, open up the back, and watch a movie next to the camp fire. Really cool experience and the hosts were super nice!

Hipcamper Amelia
Amelia P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 23rd, 2020

Great time staying here! Host was welcoming and very responsive. If you’re looking for somewhere cool and different to stay, come here!

Hipcamper Alexandria
Alexandria B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
March 3rd, 2020

It was amazing!! We were running behind on schedule and ended up getting there later than expected and they were so sweet, texted to check on us. The campsites are awesome and all have a good view of the screen. The family that runs it is the absolute sweetest! I went 11 years ago before they had the camping option and couldn't wait to go back, now with the camping it makes it even easier and such a fun experience!! Definitely will be back soon!

Last picture before taking off!Parked in the campsite, with the picnic bench and fireplace to the side of the carWatching Dolittle The entrance
Hipcamper Bethany

A fun idea & a shady campground!

Bethany T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 18th, 2020

We had such a great stay at the drive in! We arrived in the afternoon to scope it out. When you book online, it seems like you have to chose a spot but that doesn’t matter. Really it’s first come first serve, and you can camp inside the drive in area or on the other side of a row of trees. Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit. It wasn’t crowded. If you camp on the side away from the theater i’m sure you could still watch the movie from the picnic table or your car.

You’re under 10 minutes from one of the east entrances to Joshua Tree so we spent the afternoon exploring then returned before dark. Once the drive in the manager walked over and gave us a gift bag (so sweet!) from the host and recommendations on dinner & drinks at the sports bar up to road. he was very nice, made us feel right at home. another employee informed us when he was turning off the theater lights after the last movie, but they left the bathroom lights on and open for us. we were impressed with how nice everyone was.

After dinner we watched the last movie by the campfire! they will provide you with a radio so you don’t have to sit in your car.

All in all it was a great experience. I think the only thing to be aware of is if you are on in side of the theater area, when the last movie ends there are lots of headlights as the cars leave. we were still awake so it wasnt a problem.

Finally... you sleep under a large row of trees. Trees!! Shade!! In the desert at a campsite?! Whoa. That alone is worth it :)

Hipcamper Robert
Robert A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 16th, 2020

Awesome experience. I came to star gaze with the family and was a total success

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Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 24th, 2020

It was really nice and shady by the trees. Didn’t need an easy up. Cooked on the fire Pitts, hiked Joshua tree, and watched the stars .

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Hipcamper Larry

People matter

Larry R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 25th, 2020

My family stayed one night at the site. most of the camp sites were not occupied but there was two other families there. The sites are not well marked but since it would not full this was not a problem just to grab one. The sites are at the back of the drive in under some large trees. The sites are somewhat small for a large group but a family of 5 has enough space. Jen our host stopped by to drop off a bag of treats. The oreos were great! Jen was awesome in the morning when I called her and asked for some assistance because my Jeep had a flat and the jack that I had would not get it high enough to change. Jen's brother came right over with the right tool for the job and helped us change our tire. He would not take any money for the help! You will never find that most places. Just good honest people. Due to the Covid-19 we did not get to see a movie but will go back another time when they are up and running.

Hipcamper Marisa
Marisa L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 1st, 2020

Really cool nice spot, the hosts are really nice! Everything is very clean

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