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Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277   |  
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

We LOVED this campground. It is nestled between huge rocks which you can scramble upon and which also do a pretty good job of blocking the wind. The campsites are large and the surface is relatively soft - particularly for a desert environment. Most importantly, it is located smack dab in the middle of the park making it a great place from which to base your explorations and hikes. One warning - it gets very cold here in the winter. Take the forecast low from Twentynine Palms and subtract about 15 degrees. So dress warmly, bring some firewood, and get read to have one of most spectacular views of the night sky that you've ever seen.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

I had always wanted to camp at Joshua Tree. Jumbo Rocks campground did not disappoint! We went on the spur of the moment on a Saturday morning last month, and arrived around noon. Not so many sites left at that hour so I would recommend getting there earlier. The campsites were all nice.....but some we like better than others. I have my sights set on #6 next time (we're headed back in March).

We stayed at #20 and #21. Huge, climbable boulders on the site. The sites were so clean. For one night we went through 5 bundles of fire wood. 4 gallons of water (1 per person). There is no store anywhere close so bring what you need. The bathrooms were surprisingly clean for pit toilets. No showers. So many evening stars!!!!

The Skull Rock nature trail was a nice walk. Visit this beautiful place.....you will love it!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Orange, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Jumbo Rocks offers some of the best camping in Joshua Tree. I love to set up camp and get some hiking in before the sun sets and the stars come out. Check out www.joshuatreecamping.org for more great info on Joshua Tree Camping!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

My husband and I just returned from a 2 day camping adventure in Joshua Tree National Park and this is FOR SURE the place to stay if you're tent camping in the park. The scenery is gorgeous and there are large rocks everyone to scramble on. Many areas are very easy to climb/walk up. This is truly a wonderful and unique place unlike any other. The sunrise and sunset views are unbelievable. HIGHLY recommend site #89 - it had everything you could want - plus it could easily fit the 3 tent max. We camped in December and the place was practically empty. FYI - no water, pit toilets. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

I just got back from my weekend camping to trip to JTNP at Jumbo Rock campground and it was one of my favorite trips! First off I went to joshua tree because it was close to where I live only around 2 1/2 hours away from orange county and because its open all year round. I have never been to JTNP before so I did research and decided on jumbo rock, the giant round boulders that cover the landscape are absolutely beautiful and can only be describe as a Hollywood back drop for the Flintstones. We arrived around 1:00pm on Friday and I was a little surprised on how full it was, I would guess around 90% occupied only to be completely filled just a few hours later. We got a decent camp spot right next to the amphitheater which didn't provide much protection from the freezing cold wind that would hit us the first night. No water at the campground, so make sure you bring lots of water, bathroom is a hole in the ground but is surprisingly very clean. This being the desert I didn't expect it to be so beautiful, I will defiantly be returning very soon!

Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Chula Vista, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

Tent camped here the 1st week of Nov. 2011. This year was really cold, Mid 30s at night and highs in the upper 50s in the day. We were told it was colder than normal. I only have one other trip to compare this to and in 2010 it was definately warmer on the same week, we wore shorts. Check the weather before coming. Our group was made up of 6 adults and 10 kids ranging in age from 1-7. All had a blast and enjoyed bouldering. Sand toys were a hit, there is a lot of gravel that the little ones enjoyed to sooping and dumping. We came prepared for the cold and sort of prepared for the rain, we had a leaky tent. We stayed Thursday to Sunday. On Saturday the kids enjoyed the rangers presentation on th Yucca Man, cheesy but totally worth it. Jumbo rocks is a bit more crowded & noisier than the place we stayed at last year White Tanks, but just as enjoyable. The smaller campgrounds in the park tend to be quieter, but that depends on the campers. At Jumbo Rocks there is a trail to Skull Rock, our two youngest were in back pack carriers and the rest ages 4-7 did the hike with out a problem. Bring pants for the kids, rock climbing is fun but tough on the legs. Just remember there are pit toilets that are very well maintained and no water. Each site has a table, grill, and fire pit. Bring the smores and have fun!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

If you're going to Joshua Tree National Park, this is definitely the place to stay! The sites are surrounded by huge rocks that anyone (even clumsy people like me) can climb. We climbed the rocks to watch the sun set on both the nights we stayed there. It was a beautiful unique place I'll never forget.

Here are some tips:

- Go during the week to get your pick of good sites. When we arrived there on a Wednesday the campground was 75% empty. When we left Friday morning, the campground was filling up fast. You can't reserve the sites so it's first come, first serve.
- Pack lots of water. There is no drinking water in the campground and it's quite a drive to the nearest potable water source.
- The same goes for food and firewood. The nearest town to purchase groceries is a half an hour drive from the campground.
- The pit toilets were pretty gnarly, so if you're a high maintenance person... this is not the place for you.
- It gets really hot during the day and very cold at night. Pack accordingly. Try to pick a site with lots of trees and rocks to shade your tent during the day.
- There were a lot of pesky bees that were on the move once the sun came up. They didn't sting us, but they were all over our site. People with bee allergies should be careful.

Like a previous reviewer mentioned, there was a lot of trash around the campground. It was pretty sad and made me wonder if the campground turned into a drunken party zone campground during the weekend.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Location: United States > California > Joshua Tree National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Joshua Tree National Park
Number of rooms: 124
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