The cost of camping at Joshua Tree varies, depending on where you stay. Every group entering the park, including campers with reservations, needs to pay an entry fee: $30 per vehicle for a 7-day pass. For $55 you can get unlimited visits on an Annual Pass to Joshua Tree. Or, for $80, purchase an Annual U.S. National Park Pass that is good for a year at all U.S. National Parks and 2,000 federal recreation sites — a golden ticket for frequent park visitors.
For Joshua Tree’s in-park campgrounds, there are two price tiers. The first-come, first-served campsites you’ll find at Hidden Valley, Ryan, Belle and White Tank are $15 per night. Make sure you bring cash in exact change, as you’ll be dropping your site fee into a safe deposit box at camp to register the old-fashioned way.
There are also large group campsites available at the Sheep Pass campground for parties of 7-50 people. These sites are $40-$50 per night. For RV users, there are 16 group sites at Indian Cove (max length 25 foot vehicles) for $50 per night.
Backpackers camp in Joshua Tree for free, but this requires hiking-in at least one mile from a trailhead with all of your water and supplies, then packing everything out in the morning. Joshua Tree has 13 trailheads with backcountry registration boards. More info on backcountry camping and backpacking regulations in Joshua Tree are provided here.
Outside the park, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains two overflow dispersed camping lots for Joshua Tree visitors. These BLM sites are free to camp at, but have with no facilities (running water, bathrooms, trashcans, etc). Users are expected to pack everything out, including waste. There’s a BLM site just north of the town of Joshua Tree and just south of Cottonwood Springs. More information on dispersed BLM camping is can be found here.
There are a number of eye-catching camping, glamping, and RV sites at a wide variety of price points available on Hipcamp in the desert communities surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. These campsites, glampsites and RV accommodations are ideal sites to day-trip Joshua Tree and explore the local restaurants, shops and art galleries.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1. The Watering Hole The Watering Hole is a spacious campground just a 10 minutes drive from Joshua Tree’s northeast entrance. Not only does The Watering Hole have views for days (and nights), it has showers and a kitchen to keep you clean and comfortable at camp.
2. Moonlight Animal Rescue Tent camping at the Moonlight Animal Rescue is just $20, and includes access to a bathroom, shower and potable water. You’ll also get to camp on a working Animal Rescue with goats, horses, llamas, chickens and ducks for neighbors — and your tent fees go to support the animals.
3. DE/TOUR Joshua Tree DE/TOUR Joshua Tree provides a remodeled 1970s Aljo trailer below a sun shade for a relaxing base camp close to Joshua Tree’s West Entrance Station.
4. Porte-Cochere in Joshua Tree The Porte-Cochere is a simple cabin that will break the desert wind and keep you cozy at night. Just down the road from the West Entrance Station, it has its own patio, fire pit and views of the Joshua Tree Mountains.
5. Wendy’s Kick-it Spot Get a taste of desert life at Wendy’s Kick-it Spot, a tent and RV site 20 minutes from Joshua Tree. Wendy’s has fire pits, a gigantic tree with plenty of shade, and is close to the sound baths of the Integratron.
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