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“fantastic campground” 4 of 5 stars
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Indian Cove
13 miles east of Joshua Tree Village, 10 miles west of Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277   |  
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Leicestershire, UK
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“fantastic campground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Spent two nights over memorial weekend. Stayed on campite #33.

Would have liked to give five stars but lack of warden and / or pep talk to guests meant that other campers detracted from the stay.

We are an outdoorsy young family, there is meant to be quiet time from 10pm to 6am. However, other guests saw fit to party until 2am. Not impressed by their selfish attitude. Also some pitches had more than the maximum permitted number of guests. The toilets were left open Every Single Time I went in, meaning flies were free to escape. Why can't people put the lid down on these composting toilets? Seriously. Our pitch was littered with broken glass. Clearly not all people who stay here share our values.

Complaints over and onto the positives. Our site was large and spacious, nestled under a giant boulder. Lots of boulders all around. Great views of southern stars. Picnic bench and fire pit. Water at Ranger station, a short drive back down the road (tip, fill up on way in/out). Recycling and bins on main site.

Room Tip: Loved spacious pitch #33
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We absolutely loved this campground! We had campsites #64 and #65, some say were the best tent sites at Indian Cove, with our very own cove. The sites were absolutely huge. One caution, you will not be able to drive your vehicle into your site. It is a short walk from where you park, on the side of the road to take your tent and equipment to the picnic table and set up area against the rocks. The sites would not work for you if you want the sitting and eating area close to your vehicle. As others have said, be prepared to bring your own water. Fill up your tank at the ranger station at the gate. The pit toilets are plentiful and clean. The rock climbing behind the campsite was perfect for my pre-teen kids. We saw amazing sunrise and sunset. Also did a fair bit of night photography of the stars and rock formation. Great place for that! Definitely would recommend this place to others.

Room Tip: Site #64 or #65 for tents.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Dimas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Amazing place. The sites are all surrounded by huge rock formations perfect for rock climbing or for creating some privacy. We booked site #63 and it was a little small for our oversized tent but ended up working out perfect.

There's no water at this site, no sinks, showers, flush toilets etc. so bring your own water for drinking & washing up etc.

This is the perfect place for stargazing. Bring you telescope if you have one. Our neighbors had a telescope & we were able to see Jupiter, tons of stars & the moon up close.

I recommend site #64, #65. Or the one we had which was #63.

Stayed January 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a beautifull place! We were totaly amazed by the nature. Sunset was awesome! It was quiet, no light smog - you could see all the stars. Toilets were clean. Campsite has a lot of space with tables, grill,.. (we had a group site). There is a water at the gate (2 minutes drive) from site. No showers.

We were there in July, it was quite warm weather for sleeping in tent. But not impossible.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

A bunch of friends and I stayed here on Memorial Day Weekend. The ground are great! Our site was super spacious and you're surrounded by all these high rocks and when the stars come out at night, it's very picturesque! The facilities are also nice - bathrooms, picnic table, parking, etc. It's a good base camp and it right in the middle of two of the northern entrances to the park as well as close to stores if you need anything.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Camped here with my husband on a Wednesday and Thursday night in May, 2013 and had an amazing experience. First, it helped that it was a week day b/c we were only 1 campsite out of 8 that were occupied on the campgrounds, so we enjoyed our privacy. I don't think this is the case on the weekends. Also because it wasn't crowded and not yet super hot the pit toilets were super clean and fresh.
You do have to drive a little to the main entrance of the park but we didn't find this a problem. Would recommend buying or bringing chairs as the picnic tables can not be moved closer to the fire pits and you'll want to relax after a day spent hiking in the dessert.
Amazing sites. So quite and beautiful. One of the most amazing camping experiences ever.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cerritos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

So close, but yet, so far! About three hours from urban LA, you'll find a place like no other. Joshua Tree NP offers something for everyone. Full of unusual rock formations, this is where beginner and advanced rock climbers test their strength and agility. Not into climbing? No problem, just take a hike and enjoy the desert scenery and note the variety of cacti...they are everywhere high and low so watch your step!

With scouts, stayed in the large group campsites with available pit toilets and recycle bins. BYOWater as you will need plenty for drinking, cooking, and cleaning....dishes and yourself!

Weather changeable, but usually nice and sunny. Also camped in rain and very windy conditions so make sure tents, awnings and supplies are secured....or else! And when it's pitch dark, be on the look out for the Milky Way and shooting stars... an awesome sight! Sound amplified among rocks so for light sleepers, recommend earplugs. But then again, you'll miss the sound of the howling coyotes...now that's nature!

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 13 miles east of Joshua Tree Village, 10 miles west of Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Location: United States > California > Joshua Tree National Park
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Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Joshua Tree National Park
Also Known As:
Indian Cove Hotel Joshua Tree National Park

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