As nearly the only campground where you can reserve a spot Indian cove is key if you want to visit Joshua Tree Nat. Park and can't risk not landing the coveted Hidden Valley campsite.
I've been camping here on and off for 30+ years. Its familiar and unchanged... although when the park went from Nat. Monument to actual Nat. Park the additional funding did improve the bathrooms.
There is a HIGH rate of no shows... people pay for the reservation, but because the reservations are so cheap a lot never show or take more coveted sites that are first come first serve in Hidden Valley or Ryan. This actually is nice because you have a good chance your neighbor will not show up and you will have more peace and quiet.
Indian Cove is not in the core of the park... and you can not access the core from Indian Cove... you have to drive around. There is no water so bring your own and bring your own firewood.
Hard to beat Mother Nature - the place is beautiful.
This trip was my first with my kids (I've been camping/climbing here for 29 years!) and we had a great time. One plus of Indian cove is its proximity to Joshua Tree (the Town) ... it means you can go in for dinner which is nice when you have kids and its cold out... I'm all for camping and cooking out but its nice to have the option.
The down side is you can see the lights from Twenty Nine Palms at night so you don't feel as "out there" as you do from the interior.
Night Sky - folks, of the maybe 200 nights I've camped in Joshua Tree I've slept in a tent for maybe 4 of them... Sleep out and watch the stars... its the best show on Earth.
- Also Known As:
- Indian Cove Hotel Joshua Tree National Park