If Joshua Tree camping is on the mind, staying at Jumbo Rocks campground is a must! Family-friendly Jumbo Rocks campground is located just a short hike from Skull Rock, one of the coolest rock formations in the park. Jumbo Rocks campground is the biggest of all campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. Pick from 124 reservable sites that have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Potable water is not a luxury at this campground, make sure to bring plenty, especially in the summer months!

Jumbo Rocks campground usually fills on weekend nights October through May and can be especially busy during holiday months. Remember, to make advance reservations as they are required at this acclaimed campground.

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


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Off-roading (OHV)

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Wildlife watching

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Hipcamper Cornelius
Cornelius V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 15th, 2019

This information is out of date now. Jumbo Rocks Does take online reservations:

Hipcamper Emmett
Emmett M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 3rd, 2019

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.

Hipcamper Sierra
Sierra R.
recommends this listing.
March 1st, 2019

A big array of sites - some with more privacy than others. Make friends with your neighbours and keep your space clean and contained for the benefit of everyone.

Hipcamper Colin
Colin K.
recommends this listing.
February 13th, 2019

Try to get a campsite with a firepit next to the tall rocks. The reflection of the flickering of the fire on the rock face is gorgeous. Very hygge :)

Hipcamper Aileen
Aileen C.
recommends this listing.
January 25th, 2019

Easy walk to Skull Rock

Hipcamper Caitlin
Caitlin O.
recommends this listing.
January 20th, 2019

Be prepared for some noisy neighbors! Try to get a spot away from the RVs (and their generators)

Hipcamper Christy
Christy T.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2018

FYI, all campsites are now reservable on; 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).

Hipcamper Betty
Betty T.
recommends this listing.
October 24th, 2018

Betty the Van loves Jumbo Rocks Campground. The eroded lava flow is otherworldly.

Hipcamper Audrey
Audrey D.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

get there early: these sites fill up so fast and are pretty noisy

Joshua Tree National Park
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33.992° N, 116.062° W
Tent Only: 124 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)