On the edge of the 29 Palms entrance into Joshua Tree - you can't get any closer to the park! This camp has one of the best views of the valley, sunrise and sunsets here are magical. You don't have a whole lot of other houses in site either. You're a little off the main road, but you can't tell.
There are two camp platforms to set up your tent on - choose from the peace sign or the yin and yang sign. I bet these look super cool for pilots flying by overhead!! Each camp site has a picnic table and a fire pit. I love the elevated tent platforms - when rattlesnakes come out you can be sure, they aren't going to be on your platform!!
Bathroom, look at the photos, there is a little private corner with a hospital type chair set up and privacy blockers.
Really cool cobb house being built on site - can't wait to see how that is when it's done!
Phone service: Both with ATT and Verizon we were able to get service - enough to watch Netflix before bed.
Overall, this site is splendid for camping. You're right on the edge of the park - the less-busy side of the park, in my opinion, and you have a well-kept campsite with an excellent host. Private, good views, the sounds of nature, bright stars at night - you will love camping here!
Secluded in the woods in Pineapples paradise - wild mustard grew amongst us and around the trees. The bathroom is a cobb built building - super cool and beautiful. The tent site is surrounded by stone there is a charcoal grill and table for you to use.
We hiked to the backyard and there is the infamous gulch -an earthquake happened over a hundred years ago and brought upon a 50 ft drop to the dry San Pedro River. Don't get close to the edges of the cliff, the dirt is unstable and you will fall down but there is a cow trail that will safely get you to the bottom - we loved this hike.
Down the street is Gammons Gulch movie set - while we were here, there was a movie crew filming at the old movie set and also staying on the property - super cool. It was a beautiful stay - our host and her daughter were so kind and gifted us a couple of eggs as well.
On 64,000 acres of land - you have tons available to explore. There are many types of horse rides available where you have a guide take you out and there's about 15 trails you can go on - you could stay here a while if you wanted. We took a two hour trail ride through the desert - saw many wildflowers and cacti - we definitely recommend a horse ride.
There is an outhouse available for your use, picnic area, hammocking, and you could even go on a walk if you wanted. You are out in the desert, away from the city, you'll see clear night skies bright with stars, you will hear owls hoot, coyotes yip, crickets chrip, horses neigh in the distance, and you will NOT hear the rumble and grumble of cars. It is serene.
The tent area is right behind a lil cabin and near an empty gated horse area on the edge of the ranch property - there are three camp spots available next to each other, so you can come with friends!
Coming out to Maricopa, you leave behind your worries in the city. Amongst the mountains and wildlife, you find Leila & Dan's place - 3 acres of solitude and great views. Dan & Leila showed us their garden and chickens. At sunset, they joined us with their two daughters, for conversation at the firepit. We had a great time getting to know them and hear about their gardening projects around the property. Their sweet dog joined us for the evening- always a joy for us to play with a pup! By nightfall, we had a clear sky with a bright moon. The skies out here are incredible for star watching.
--- Entering the property ---
In the instructions given after booking, you'll learn, don't enter from the West side... listen to them, you most likely won't make it through the sandy wash there. Upon turning on the road, you'll pass the main gate (their address number will be beside the gate) and go to the second gate (as seen in photos above) and that is the one that leads to the camp spot. (There is a photo above where you can see the gate and the camp site in the distance)
--- The Bathroom ---
There is a bathroom built with a 10-gallon bucket and toilet seat for your use. Built-up with a privacy wall and open roof - for night time use, bring a flashlight or use the light of the moon.
---- Cell service----
I have ATT as my provider and had two bars of service while out here on the property. While the internet may be slow out here, you will be able to make a call or send or a text.
Really rad place on the outskirts of the Painted Desert. We drove our minivan in at night (I'd suggest only bringing your minivan if you frequently go off-road in it and know how to do off-road maneuvering in it... not everyone is skilled at this. I'm not but my husband is, so don't just go for it if you don't have experience.)
There is a 5 star bathroom on site - a nice warm shower, toilet, sink. CLEAN!! Toilet paper in the bathroom in case you run out too.
There is a stocked kitchen with a sink and stove. You can make coffee here. You can cook - there are pots and pans. There are plates, mugs, wine glasses. Even a grill you can roll outside to cook on. Or just cook over one of the fire pits if you are feeling it! The ranger has really prepared a haven for you out here.
There are books and games to play/read in the cabin. Also, sheets, bed pillows, etc. I think I even saw an emergency pair of socks hahah. Those may just be his, so bring extra socks. Hahah
THE DARK SKY + MILKY WAY - This was the coolest thing about the cabin. We stayed up late watching meteors and shooting stars. The milky way was brighter than I've seen it in any area in Arizona. Amazing.
It's an hour from the south entrance and about an hour to the north entrance too. You can hike into the devil's playground from the cabin. The cabin has a notebook with all the backcountry trails too - the ranger in the park mentioned if you do these backcountry trails, you need to fill out a permit - they're free. Just go in the morning and get it taken care of.
I stayed here for a week in the beautiful South Mountain area of Phoenix - it was hot in the city, but coming here you are able to stay in a comfy camper with A/C which is surrounded by a few mesquite trees and an orchard. There is a shaded outdoor kitchen and picnic table under the trees. It is peaceful out here, aesthetically beautiful and really relaxing to be able to hang out in the little yard, cook outside, shower outside and there is also a cute little outdoor bathroom.
Notes on the shower and the bathroom: They are outdoors, but they private, with a roof overhead, curtains, and just a bit of open breeze ways in the architectural design for air to flow through. You will still have your privacy - be aware though, that this is shared between the Hipcampers who will stay in the camper and who ever is staying in the other unit or set up with a tent. When we were here, we only saw a couple other friendly people during our stay and of course the super kind man who takes care of it! He rode up on his golf cart and gave us fun stories of the history of the area and some tales of his life as the town banker.
You don't have to go to the grocery store during your stay - walk down to the Farm Stand operation at the front of the property and there is a fridge full of veggies, fruits, baked goods, eggs and honey - also an honor box for you to pay, so bring cash. It was all delicious and so nice not having to go to the grocery store during our stay here. Also, the outdoor kitchen is equipped with a little camping stove and propane - you will have to bring your own iron skillet or pans and cooking oil / utensils!
We had a lovely time staying at La Hacienda Chuparosa! Our hosts, Julie + Mark, communicated with us beforehand and helped us in planning our stay in the area. There are so many wonderful hiking spots just right outside of this camp!!! There is something here for everyone. It's also very nice that amenities such as wifi and hot showers are available. We were provided with plenty of Mesquite firewood for our bonfire, it definitely kept us warm as we came to camp in January (nights can be chilly!) :)
This time of year is perfect for hiking or cycling, it's not too hot and not too cold and the landscape is lush and full of life. Getting to camp was easy, it's not far off into the woods and you don't need any off-road vehicle to get here- bonus! Sunset and sunrise was absolutely breathtaking, turning the mountains in the distant colors of pinks and purples. What I love about the campsite is the cool little gravel area Mark built for campers to place their tents!
-Sounds: Ravens + Doves fill the air with song. At night, we heard the lovely yips of coyotes in the distant. You can hear the low rumble of cars echoing through the woods, but it isn't very loud. The horses are fairly quiet and we barely heard them during our stay.
-Smells: Fresh air, mesquite wood burning on the fire
-Firepit has a cooking grate that you can set up to cook food or place a kettle to heat water over coals
-Easy to find
-Wifi + Plug in outlets
-Hot shower + indoor plumbing
-Hosts are happy to give suggestions to guests to help plan fun things to do in the area based on your interests
Marie Bell farm is tucked away in a small & quiet neighborhood and it’s easy to find. Staying at Marie Bell farm is going to be a cozy getaway for all. There is firewood on the front porch available for use in the wood burning stove in the living room of the house - super nice that you don’t have to bring your own firewood! There is not a fence in between the RV Spot and the neighbors' house, but the neighbors seem nice and were quiet. If you decide you want to go for a stroll through the neighborhood, walk back to the end of the street and there is an old cemetery that is neat to check out.
Great primitive camping spot - we drove in along a dirt road in the snow in our 2WD Honda CR-V and it did just fine getting there. Easy to find with the hosts directions as well. It will be the property with half green gate and the other half wood - that’s how you’ll know you’re at the right place. You can set up camp anywhere on the property, we just chose a spot without snow below us. There was a fire pit we found and we found another board to make our own little cook space by the fire. We bought wood in the town of LOA before coming into the camp site. The wood at the first gas station upon entering LOA is $6.50 for a decent sized bundle. There are OTV trails about 2 or 3 miles from the campsite and a fish hatchery down the road as well. Coral Reef NP is about 20 minutes away and the drive to that is wondrous with all the cool geological landscape features. At the property itself are several old homestead buildings. We hiked up the little mountain across from the property and were able to see amazing views of the whole valley.
-Easy to find; found without GPS
-different spots to put up tent
-gas station right when you come into loa - $6.50 for a good size bundle of wood
-ATV/OTV trails about 2 - 3 miles down road
-Hiked up mtn in front of property
-fish hatchery 1 or 2 miles away
-coral reef np close
-half green/ half wood gate in front of property
-some car traffic, not too much by camp
-town of Torrey- small, close, sights on way
-old school house inn real cool
After booking with Hipcamp, go ahead and call your host to go over your camp details. He has limited cell phone service out there and wants to go over driving instructions and other details before you arrive. If you don’t call after booking or at least a couple days before arriving, you may not get ahold of him. After chatting on the phone with our host a few times before arriving, we had the information we needed to arrive there with ease. Try not to arrive after dark, for that will make it a bit more difficult when trying to find the place. If you aren’t used to driving out in the mountains or back country roads, you are going to feel like you have been driving for FOREVER, but that is normal - keep going, you’re almost there. There are green trail markers all along the way and they help tons in reassuring you are on the correct path. We have a 2WD Honda CRV 2002 model and drove it up the dirt path all the way to the top of the mountain without an issue, if you know how to drive your car, you can surely make it up here without an issue.
After many twists and turns and green markers, we found ourselves pulling up to the top of the mountain where we were told to camp anywhere. We drove up to the tip of the top and set up our camp there. We pulled some old volcanic rock together and formed a fire pit and in the distance looked out to mountains and valleys as far as the eye could see. The chilly October air gently danced around us as we set up our tent and got our fire started. We made tea and sat down together to watch the sunset. A lovely set of pastel pinks and purples painted the evening sky. In the distance a prominent volcanic type mountain stood, mesmerizing us with its’ beauty. Besides the cackling of our campfire, there were no other sounds in the night. As the pastel shades of pink and purple turned into deep violets and indigo, the sparkles from the night sky started to shine through the atmosphere. The night sky was so crisp and clear, the Milky Way and a few shooting stars decided to make their presence known, we wish we would have brought a telescope.
A short walk down the hill, you will find two triangular structures jutting from amidst the earth. Upon further investigating, these intriguing futuristic structures are the outhouses. Super rad. I rate these as 5 star outhouses. There is not a sink or water spout, so bring in your own water or hand sanitizer. There is a large trash can available for use near the toilets, as well as a table area. There are no showers available here either, so if you are picky about cleanliness, bathe beforehand.
We did not have any cellular reception here, so make sure you write down your driving instructions before arriving and take care of anything else you need to get done using internet before coming to camp! Once you are here, you will love that you can be so disconnected from your phone/technology/social media - it’s a serene place to go with a sweet heart or with friends.
*Call camp host after booking or call at least 2 days before arriving — He wants to make sure to go over everything with you and if you wait last minute, he may not have phone service at that time and won’t be able to go over everything with you before arriving to camp.
- Try not to arrive after dark so that you will not get lost upon arriving
- Follow the green markers - they’ll lead you up to the campsite
- -Great 360 degree views.
- Wonderful secluded mountain camp spot
- Nice little rocky fire pit area on top of mountain
- Great aesthetic design on the toilets
- No sinks or water spout // bring hand sanitizer if you are wanting to wash hands
- Table available for use
- Trash can available
- No showers
- No phone service