In the heart of Joshua Tree National Park and just a short hike from Skull Rock, Jumbo Rocks Campground weaves through a valley of ginormous boulder piles to provide the classic J-Tree camping experience. All of the campground’s 124 tent and RV sites come with picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilet access, though there are no services or potable water, so you’ll want to bring an ample water supply and plan to refill at the drinking water spigots at park entrances. Although the surrounding rocks provide some morning and evening relief from the sun, a sun shade is smart to bring.
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When to go
Jumbo Rocks Campground is open year-round. Temperature-wise, fall and spring are the best seasons for camping at Jumbo Rocks. Winter camping is nice, though it brings early sunsets and nighttime lows in the 30s. Joshua Tree summers are extremely hot, making daytime activities like hiking and rock climbing risky for heat injury. Summer visitors may be most comfortable staying at a Hipcamp with air conditioning just outside the park. Make early morning or evening visits into Joshua Tree to avoid the intense heat.
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Road cyclists can access Park Boulevard from the campground entrance, but be prepared to share the road with fast-moving cars. ...Read more
The 1.7-mile Skull Rock Loop trail starts at the entrance to the Jumbo Rocks Campground, while the trailhead for the 2.5-mile S...Read more
Sometimes, a strikingly beautiful place is just made better by the presence of a good friend. We believe this absolutely applie...Read more
You KNOW those endless stretches of California desert are calling your name, and you can feel your fingers itching at the thoug...Read more
Joshua Tree visitors, young and old, find the park’s boulders irresistible to scramble upon, and there are plenty of rock featu...Read more
At Jumbo Rocks, keep your eyes peeled for cottontail rabbits, coyotes, roadrunners, chuckwallas, and the Mojave desert tortoise...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Jumbo Rocks Campground.
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Quite possibly my favorite front country campsite in a national park. I mean, this place just feels like the deep desert even though you just barely pulled in. The Jumbo Rocks area is in my opinion the best part of J Tree, and camping in the middle of the whole thing is such a surreal experience. You'll have plenty of beautiful round boulders to climb for days.
FYI, all campsites are now reservable on Recreation.gov; sites are no longer first-come, first-served. This campground is in the heart of the National Park, so unlike Black Rock Campground, you will also have to pay $20/car to enter. Don't forget, it can snow and get below freezing in winter, with wind chill, and bring lots of water and shade in the warmer months. There is no cell service and it takes around 40 minutes to get out of the park from here to all services (gas, cell, food, etc).