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The best camping near Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree camping offers access to a desert wonderland of crooked trees and boulders, where hiking and rock climbing sublime.  

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Desert Rose Collective

19 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Morongo Valley, CA
The Desert Rose Collective is a work in progress and is ever-changing! This unique property is being transformed into a truly 'hip' camp. It features a sun shade structure with a bar, an outdoor kitchen, a semi-outdoor bathroom, a shower room, and plenty of seating and shaded areas to relax and enjoy the fabulous views. Both days and nights are amazing from the location of this unforgettable property in the canyon. Check out additional information under our Camping, RV, and Tent Cabin listings. We look forward to your booking and to meeting you at the Desert Rose Collective!
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Historic Pioneertown Campground

70 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Pioneertown, CA
Pioneertown was built in 1946 as a movie set for Western movies, including the movies of Gene Autry, The Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley, Judge Roy Bean, and Buffalo Bill, just to name a few!Wild West re-enactment performances take place along Mane Street in Pioneertown on weekend afternoons, between early spring and late fall.Learn more about this land:Camp under the stars in historic Pioneertown! Pioneertown Corrals provides a unique setting for campers who want to spend their vacations or getaway weekends in this peaceful desert setting. If you like to ride the trails, barbeque, sit around a campfire, and stargaze in the evening, then you've come to the right place!Pioneertown was built in 1946 as a movie set for Western movies, including the movies of Gene Autry, The Cisco Kid, Annie Oakley, Judge Roy Bean, and Buffalo Bill, just to name a few!Wild West re-enactment performances take place along Mane Street in Pioneertown on weekend afternoons, between early spring and late fall.
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RC's Mineral Springs Village

7 sites · Lodging20 acres · Desert Hot Springs, CA
Get cozy and settle into this rustic space. This place with its own private naturally mineral spring soak tub located in a private 20-acre Date Palm Nursery with Mineral Springs. ~18 minutes from Downtown Palm Springs. * **Perfect late-night check in** If you love traveling, nature, and adventure this place has features to help you maximize your travel experiences. Comfortable and right in the middle of the desert. Experience the best of both worlds.
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The Castle House: Estate

12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
Units designed to make the everyday extraordinary. Step into a realm where luxury meets rugged beauty at The Castle House: Estate, your gateway to the ULTIMATE "GLAMPING" experience! As seen on HGTV, our tiny home oasis in Joshua Tree redefines accommodation with a unique medieval twist, seamlessly blending indoor-outdoor living and exceptional entertainment. Nestled in the heart of Joshua Tree and just minutes away from the awe-inspiring Joshua Tree National Park, The Castle House: Estate stands as a testament to opulence in the desert. Set on 12 picturesque acres, surrounded by vast private undeveloped land, our estate offers an unparalleled sense of tranquility and exclusivity. Experience a stay like no other in our award-winning haven, recognized with The BNB's prestigious Traveler Best Reviewed Property. But the enchantment doesn't end there—immerse yourself in the rejuvenating embrace of our tiered hexagonal aqua blue cowboy pool, strategically placed on a stunning IPE wood deck. This artistic oasis is a visual masterpiece, inviting you to bask in the sun or stargaze by night. Indulge in the luxury of our room service, available until midnight, offering a curated selection of local fare to tantalize your taste buds. At The Castle House: Estate, we redefine glamping by marrying comfort and adventure, creating an unforgettable escape that transcends the ordinary. Elevate your stay, reinvent yourself, and make memories that last a lifetime at The Castle House: Estate—where every moment is a masterpiece waiting to unfold. Book your extraordinary desert retreat now and be a part of an experience that's truly fit for royalty!
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Joshua Tree Basecamp

9 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
Joshua Tree RV Campground is your basecamp for adventure. A place to refresh and recharge for another day of exploring the great outdoors. Imagine camping in complete comfort while located near the rugged rock formations and vast desert landscapes filled with the famous bristled tree forests of Joshua Tree California. Joshua Tree RV & Campground is the perfect home base for exploring the spectacular Mojave and Colorado deserts. Whether you’re a tent or RV camper, Joshua Tree RV & Campground is the perfect choice for a great location and great rates. FHU & PHU Sites Spacious Tent Sites Complimentary WiFi Self Service Laundry Facilities Community BBQ Area
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MOTION Recalibration Station

10 sites · RVsJoshua Tree, CA
This Magical property has been in Henry's family since 1968. Henry and Momma Dee and this family are as great as they come! This property is a healing and centering space for overall-recalibration.Dee and Henry are a breather fresh air... just the best!What more can I say!This property is part of a family vission for  health, healing, meditation art, music, events and fun!It is a one of a kind recalibration station.... 
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The Lovelight Ranch

19 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Lovelight Ranch is our 5-acre hippie paradise, centrally located in the Coachella Valley. We are near the amazing 1000 Palms Oasis and Coachella Valley Preserve for great day hikes and wildlife viewing, and also near the splendors of Joshua Tree and the high desert. We are happy to offer fun & relaxing activity Experiences such as the Tepee Sound Bath experience, DrumCircle and Didgeridoo experiences, Artistic Endeavor experiences. Sharing makes us Happy and we hope you will choose an Experience or two to enhance your visit and interests. We are within a half hours drive of Palm Springs, recently voted the hippest mid-sized city in the country and Coachella, home of the Coachella and StageCoach Festivals and not so far from the ever amazing Joshua Tree Festival . We are also very near Sam's Hot Water Spa, a chemical free hot springs soaking experience which is the perfect ending to a day of hiking, climbing or just sight-seeing. We have a Pool & Deck , A Horseshoe Pit, Nice Shady Hangouts and plenty to look at in every direction. We offer accommodations ranging from Elevated SkyDecks to SubTerrainian Glamping spots RV spaces as well as Basic Tensite camping . - Please check out our offerings for your Desert camping visits. Guests love staying here: "We had the most amazing time at Mikey’s place. Spiritual, reflective, and beautiful. The dogs and Rocky were the best! Mountain Views didn’t hurt (; we will definitely be back; Mikey was a welcoming and generous host. We stayed in Desert Isle and had a mystical time. You won’t regret staying here!"
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Tammy Reeves

26 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
Simply Camping is a great place to come appreciate, respect and enjoy the peace and beauty of the Mojave Desert!  It is a blessing to own this amazing property in Joshua Tree for all to come and enjoy the wonderful stars at night and the breath taking sunrise and sunsets! We look forward to greeting you!
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The Picnic Parcel at Desert Trail

3 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
2.5 acres of pristine desert landscape with mountainous views and out-of- this-world stargazing. Enjoy fireside storytelling under the picturesque desert night sky and watch the sunrise ignite rock formations that border JTNP. Close proximity to downtown Joshua Tree and 15 min from the park entrance.
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DESERT DAISY - Joshua Tree rural

19 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
Family, group, solo and pet-friendly tent camping on your choice of platforms, ground camps, or in a tiny cabin - on 5 acres of off-grid, rural private land, at the base of Copper Mountain, under a billion stars. Enjoy camping, hiking, bouldering, stargazing, relaxing in a spacious yet private, beautiful surrounding. Contact me for pricing for all-camp booking (limit 32 people), production, photo shoots. Sorry, no drones, no loud parties or music after 11pm - my neighbors get upset. Quiet time is 11pm at camp and you can hang out up the mountain at the big firepit as long as you want. Desert Daisy is 6 miles from Joshua Tree National Park, 4 miles from Hwy 62 shops and art galleries, JT Saloon, restaurants. Less than 2 miles to Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree Lake and Campground, the Transmissions sculptures, Noah Purifoy's Museum. Mesa Market is 2 miles the other way and has firewood, ice, water, a taco truck, some of everything, and is open til 10pm. Sites inside the fenced area are Big 6, Site 2, Flower Power Platform 1 and Fencer. Mountain Majesty 7, Lazy 8 and Snowkiss Chalet are outside the fenced area and can best accommodate small RVs and larger camper vans. Windbreaks are at all sites except Fencer and Lazy 8. Parking, firepits, tables and seating, are at each site, and most have a BBQ grill too. The Community Area - shared by all campers - has shade, a windbreak, big tables with seating for 16, 2 bbq grills with coals and basic cooking supplies in the file drawers, a 2-burner propane camp stove, solar string lights, and more. Big 6 is closest to the Community Area; Fencer is farthest. Enjoy a bouldering hike to the top of the mountain behind MM7 and Lazy 8, where you'll find a huge firepit with big rocks to sit on, and incredible views. For entire Desert Daisy booking, you get the whole place minus my owners cabin, private deck and storage RV. You'll have the Community Area, and i can offer a big shade umbrella, a big 2-burner stove with 25 gallon propane tank, pots, pans, extra seating, a hammock with metal frame, games, even a huge 16x16ft glamping tent that fits on Big 6 - at extra cost. Contact me directly to discuss. The Smoking Area is at the far tip of the land inside the fence, by the Fencer site and offers casual seating, a coffee table, incredible views and a bucket for your butts. When Fencer is booked, those hipcampers have the area for their own use. Amenities include a flush toilet, porta potty, big sink with dish liquid and scrubbers, hand wash station near both toilets, water tower with hose attached to refill the dishwashing water canister or to wash your hands, a solar shower stocked with soap, shampoo, body wash. Bring your own drinking water, lights for night, warm clothes. Firewood is available for purchase from my neighbor the other side of the mountain - ask me for his address. Big 6 is a huge 20'x20' raised platform, and is also great for yoga sessions, retreats, acoustic guitar groups, chat sessions, etc. Flower Power Platform 1 has a 10'x10' platform and a big 16'x16' sandy area next to it for more tents, parking, canopy, etc. Fencer is at the far tip of my property and is a narrow 3-tent groundcamp great for car camping or tent plus car. Site 2 has a 10'x12' tent platform, parking for 2 cars or 1 car and a small tent. Snowkiss Chalet is a tiny, Disneyland food kiosk turned into an off-grid, solar-powered glamping pod with a big double-pane picture window, porch with windbreak and seating, screen door, outdoor kitchen, big picnic table, solar shower bag, parking and more tent space. Mountain Majesty 7 is behind the shipping container and is a private groupcamp site with a windbreak, 2 big picnic tables with holes in them for your own umbrella, 3 firepits, plenty of parking, and has Caboose- a unique shipping container deck and lounge area. The native plants, flowers, wildlife and kangaroo mice at night add to the charm, and there are no mosquitos! The fallen branches of the creosote bushes make perfect kindling for your firepit. Be sure to look under your vehicle so you don't drive over any local wildlife enjoying the shade. IMPORTANT: Follow my directions pin which I send the morning of your arrival, or you may end up on the other side of the mountain. Again, bring lights and drinking water and warmth for chilly desert nights. All sites are clean, well-maintained, have incredible views and star gazing and a feeling of serenity as you enjoy the beauty of nature. It is a wonderful space. Please contact me, your Host Judy, for inquiries for production, photo shoots or all-sites booking as we want to ensure that all hipcampers have a pleasant experience.
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Sahara House

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Joshua Tree, CA
Relaxation awaits you at this 100% off the grid Sahara House. Watch the sun rise and set from your private deck equipped with lounge chairs . Stargaze while getting close to nature in the outdoor shower, or curl up on the couch and watch your favorite on demand movies in this modern desert home. Enjoy the seclusion that 5 acres has to offer with just a short drive to the beauties of Joshua Tree and the surrounding cities. Enjoy the outdoors but all the amenities of home.
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Camp Deb's Place

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents5 acres · Yucca Valley, CA
Camp Deb's Place is located in Flamingo Heights on a 5 acre well-maintained property that is easily accessible from the highway. Tent and RV sites are currently available. This serene outdoor retreat offers a variety of delightful activities without leaving the grounds. If you enjoy nature, you will love the majestic sunrises, wildlife sightings, and stargazing. Many nearby attractions include Joshua Tree National Park, Pappy + Harriet's, Integratron, Pioneertown, Giant Rock, La Copine, Johnson Valley OHV area, and hiking trails. Deb's Place is perfect for singles, couples, families, and large groups. Reserve one or more campsites or request the entire venue for those seeking a more private experience. On-site amenities include a large covered outdoor kitchen with water and electric, a barbecue, bar, dining area, and a refrigerator; a restroom, shower, and fire-pits are available for guest use.
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The best camping near Joshua Tree National Park guide

Overview

About

Joshua Tree National Park feels a little offbeat. And we like it. Maybe it's the cartoonish boulders, beloved by rock climbers and Instagrammers. Or the abandoned mines, lonely oases, and black-tailed jackrabbits that hang around the place like misfits. The namesake trees are a bit fanciful themselves, dotting the California desert with their branches askew like some sort of carefree, silly walkers. Hikers follow trails that twist through boulder clusters, climb scrubby mountains, and beeline to spring-fed oases while rock climbers have their pick of 8,000 established routes. For free-spirited fun, get thee to JT.

Joshua Tree National Park Glamping

Drive east from Los Angeles for a few hours, passing Palm Springs along the way, and you’ll find yourself in Joshua Tree National Park, an otherworldly desert expanse named for the funky little trees that grow here. While you won't find any glampsites inside Joshua Tree National Park (camping options inside the park are limited to RV and tent camping), there are loads of options just outside the park's boundaries, many of which you can reserve on Hipcamp. Take your pick from vintage campervans and trucks, classic canvas bell tents and yurts, geodesic domes, and even shipping containers that have been transformed into tiny homes.

Notable campgrounds

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Of the park’s nine campgrounds, Cottonwood and Indian Grove have individual and group sites. Sheep Pass is a group campground.
  2. Campsites at Black Rock, Cottonwood, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, and Sheep Pass campgrounds are available by online reservation from September to May. You can reserve a site as early as six months in advance.
  3. Belle, Hidden Valley, and White Tank campgrounds are first-come, first-served. They’re extremely popular in spring, so arrive early in the week for your best chance of securing a spot.

When to go

Joshua Tree National Park is open year-round, but the busy season is October through May. Since the park sits at the intersection of two deserts—the Mojave and Colorado—summer is not the best time, with daytime temperatures exceeding 100°F. Spring is busiest, when crowds arrive for wildflower blooms and pleasant weather. Fall temperatures are similarly mild. The thermometer hovers at 60°F during the day in winter, with freezing temperatures at night.

Know before you go

  • The park has no cell service, but wifi is available at the Oasis and Joshua Tree Visitor Centers.
  • It’s recommended that visitors bring one gallon of water per person per day to stay hydrated.
  • The park has picnic areas, but no restaurants or grocery stores. Buy food and groceries in Twentynine Palms, one of the other small towns along Highway 62, or in Palm Springs.
  • Hammocks, slacklines, and horizontal ropes are not permitted in campgrounds. Elsewhere in the park, they can be tied to rocks and climbing bolts only—never trees or other vegetation.
  • Leashed pets are permitted in campgrounds, but pets are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry.

Nearby attractions

  • Step into the heart of the desert while camping near Mojave Trails National Monument. An untamed wilderness offering unique landscapes, Mojave Trails camping is your chance to experience stunning sunsets, ancient lava flows, and historical routes. A truly magnificent place to reconnect with nature!
  • Soak in panoramic views of towering peaks and vast deserts when camping near the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The serenity and beauty of this area offer a distinct camping experience that will leave you rejuvenated and inspired.

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