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Black Rock Canyon Campground

74485 National Park Drive, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277-3597
Black Rock Canyon Campground
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 hotel reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a really great National Parks campground. Don't worry about the last mile of road to this location, as it was just re-paved last year. That last mile is now the best part of the trip! The campground is situated high above the town of Joshua Tree and provides spectacular views of the valley below. It's really nice to... More 

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Dana Point, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Just got back from Black Rock Canyon campground and had a relaxing, enjoyable time. The grounds were spotless - completely free of any trash despite the small number of trash bins around and some windy conditions. We stayed in our 18' travel trailer, though the clear majority of campers were in tents. We had made reservations and the campground was... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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11 hotel reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We just returned from a three day stay at Joshua. We stayed at the small Belle campground which was situated around very large rocks. Take time to explore all of the signed canyons and attractions. Do go spring or fall, otherwise it gets extremely hot. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen. Very limited water available. No stores within the park.... More 

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Indio, California
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23 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This campground is in sight of the town of Yucca Valley, you can see houses from the campsites, which is something I don't really like. It's on a very, very rough road! Otherwise it's clean, the sites are a nice size and it has running water and flush toilets! But if you can - you've got to camp inside the... More 

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Carlsbad, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Liked being able to book an RV pull-thru site in advance. Called ahead to let them know we would be late driving in from Grand Canyon. Woman was very friendly and told me to come to the Nature Center and grab a site map when we arrived. Was pitch black when we arrived (great for stargazing!). Broken pavement on way... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, Ca
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28 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

I don't know if due to offseason or budget cuts or what, but the bathrooms were never cleaned during our 2 night stay. There were signs posted with times each day it was supposed to be cleaned. I know it's camping but this was gross. This campground is outside Joshua Tree and is very close to Yucca Valley, so going... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I've been to Joshua Tree on many occasions but this was my first time in this part of the park. Black Rock is easy to get to but expect a very bumpy road right before you get to the campgrounds and inside the loops.The campgrounds are basic with a picnic table and fire pit. Not too much space in between... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Great campsite with big pitches (some more level than others), fire pits and picnic benches. There is very little shade so an awning is essential. The facilities were clean with the bonus of flushing loos. The rangers were very helpful when we checked in but there was no sign of them on Saturday night when people were partying at 4... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

drove in with four friends and stayed two nights in spot 30. its the top of the grounds and pretty much isolated, during the day it is the head to the Black Rock Canyon Trail that branches the rest of the trails so you'll probably have travelers passing through regularly. we were there late may and midweek and the grounds... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We camped here in a tent in late March 2012, during spring break season. We liked that the campground had water and took reservations. Those things made it a good choice for us. I'd have to agree with some of the other reviews, however, that it isn't the cleanest or best kept public campground we've seen. We camped for five... More 

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