Outside of Twentynine Palms discover some of the best camping in JTree at Indian Cove. Adventure the day away among the steep and tall rock formations that rise up from the desert floor. Fall asleep in your tent tucked away amidst it all.
Proximity to rock climbing routes makes this expansive campground particularly appealing to climbers. Non-climbers will still love the vibrant spring blooms, Mojave yuccas, shrubs, and desert tortoise sightings in the spring and early fall.
Choose from 91 individual campsites and 13 tent-only group campsites. The park allows six individuals and two cars per campsite.Some sites are on the smaller side and may not be able to accommodate this amount. At Indian Campgound in Joshua Tree National Park, water is available two miles away at the ranger station.
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For how accessible Indian Cove Campground is you would think staying here would feel more crowded! Camped here in a group campsite and spent our time scrambling over the rock piles and admiring the views of the whole desert. Highly suggest doing a night hike! The stars are usually so bright you don’t even need your headlamp most of the time.
Indian Cove was great. It has potable water available, the ampitheater where the Rangers teach you about the starry sky, and it's not crazy busy and loud like the sites in the middle of the park. (Hidden Valley) It's still an official park campsite so you need to reserve 6 months ahead of time for the summer but we loved staying here.
I loved Group Site #7. I stayed there with my boyfriend for two nights in mid-April, and we enjoyed it. It was secluded enough that we felt comfortable changing our clothes out in the open. A variety of critters casually passed through our campsite, like rabbits, a garter snake, chipmunks, a family of quails, and a hummingbird or two. It was fun hanging with our animal friends, climbing the granite boulders that act as privacy walls. I'd love to return with an actual group for an even cozier feel. What I didn't like was the crazy cold wind, which made it difficult to secure our meal setup and fire. It also made the stinky smell from the bathrooms waft the area a bit. However, when your tent is further out, you don't smell anything.
I camped at Indian Cover with a friend, and we loved it! Our trip consisted of rock climbing, stargazing, and fire roasted marshmallows. We were lucky enough to attend an Indian Cove Evening Program at the amphitheater. Christian, a Park Ranger who has been with Joshua Tree for six years, laid down some facts about Climate Change.
Indian Cove has a separate entrance to the park, so naturally it is not as busy as the other areas. You can fill up your water jugs at the ranger station upon entry, and you aren't too far from stores in-town incase you forget anything (or need a morning coffee run..)!
I can't wait to return to Indian Cove, and I recommend you check it out for yourself!
Yes, we were there last Spring and had site #059 and it was great! Got windy at night. No great views from this site but if you walk up the road, there they are. 059 is way up the road but not around the bend. I recommend this one.
Great site, very spacious - we had about 10 different campers (each with their own tent) fit very comfortably in the site, and were still able to fit a large "kitchen" area (this was a company outing). Perfect spot to climb, and great access to other (more difficult) climbs.
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- Tent Only: 63 Units (Up to 4 people per pitch)
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- Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 13 Units (Up to 20 people per pitch)
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- Tent / RV / Trailer: 28 Units (Up to 4 people per pitch)