If you’re after a weekend of stargazing and wildflower peeping, Cottonwood Campground should probably be added to the “must-stay" list for your next Joshua Tree camping adventure. Tucked away in the south of Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 3,000-feet, the campground is nearby Cottonwood Visitor Center, Mastodon Peak, and Lost Palms Oasis. Choose from 62 sites, including three group sites, each with access to picnic tables, fire rings, and flush toilets. Cottonwood Campground is one of just two Joshua Tree National Park camping locations with potable water.

Campsite area
Tent sites
62 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers


Offered near the campground.


Biking in this park provides some pretty jaw-dropping views, but is also restricted to vehicular roads (i.e., if a car or OHV c...Read more


Rich with breathtaking landscape that feels like a forgotten land on another planet, there are miles and miles of trails for ex...Read more

Horseback riding

Sometimes, a strikingly beautiful place is just made better by the presence of a good friend. We believe this absolutely applie...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

You KNOW those endless stretches of California desert are calling your name, and you can feel your fingers itching at the thoug...Read more


We see you, climber, explorer of boulders, scaler of mountains. While everyone else is standing, jaw agape, iPhones out, you ca...Read more

Wildlife watching

The desert is full of secrets, and one of the biggest ones is the abundance of life that finds home in the nearly 800,000 acres...Read more


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Richard B.
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October 14th, 2020

FYI: You can reserve campsites for this campground via

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Solveig M.
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April 29th, 2017

This is the southernmost campground in Joshua Tree -- it doesn't have the gravitas of the other sites with the views and the incredible rock formations in the park, but I was glad to snag a site on a busy weekend. The sites are pretty close together, so hope for a good neighbor. There was a big group of preteens -- practically a whole school -- studying geology when I was there, that may have colored my experience a bit.

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April 18th, 2017

First come, first serve. No showers, but plenty of potable water!

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Joshua Tree National Park
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33.745° N, 115.813° W
Tent Only: 62 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)