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Jumbo Rocks Campground
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Reviewed May 27, 2011

I really enjoyed my two night stay here. The first night it got pretty windy but the second night was calm. The campsites are fairly small and close together but I found one (#54) with a good degree of privacy. The bathrooms were clean and well maintained.

My only complaint is the fact that there was a fair bit of trash around. I picked up about half a grocery bag full.

Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

After living in California ALL my life, I thought it was time to backpack in Joshua Tree. INCREDIBLE!!! I'm a forest lovin girl, but the desert has an other-worldly type of feeling. Jumbo Rocks offers campsites nestled individually in the rocks. Most spots you cannot see or hear your neighbor. Each site is next to the road, but there is limited traffic and your car blocks access to your tent. The rock formations create "rooms" to setup a home away from home. We drove around to all the campgrounds and they are all very similar with HUGE goldish red rocks and camps hidden from site when you drive by. Bring your own firewood as it gets very cold at night. No water is available either. Excellent hiking and rock climbing for everyone!

Room Tip: Campsites go quickly on Friday morning. Go early.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank RN4Lilones
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Reviewed December 24, 2009

Camping in the high desert in December has its benefits - the campground was almost deserted, with perhaps ten others in the 180 or so camping spaces. None were in our loop of 20 spaces, so we felt as if we had the campground to ourselves. If you can, try to get space #60 (or maybe it was 61), flush against large boulders. The stars overhead and the solitude made for an outstanding evening of camping.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank BayouRnnr
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Reviewed March 30, 2008

We camped at Black Rock Campground at JTNP a couple of years ago because it had running water. However, this year I decided to brave the pit toilets and stayed with my partner at Jumbo Rocks. It's the largest and also the most crowded campground in the park, but we both felt it was worth it because most of the sites are nestled against giant boulders. It's cool, and this also helps dampen the noise transmission between relatively closely spaced sites. Each site has a fire pit with a flip grill on one side; some have separate standing BBQ grills.

We arrived at 10am and were lucky to find a good site given how full it was. Our site had decent privacy--plenty of big bushes on both sides, and a neighbor on only one side and across the road. The ground was nice and flat, making for comfortable tent camping. Many people scrabbled on the boulders at their site to take in the view of the surrounding desert. We also enjoyed hiking the short nature trail from Jumbo Rocks to Skull Rock nearby.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Rina99
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Reviewed June 28, 2007

This is an excellent campsite. It is located among an outcropping of large monzogranite rocks. There is a 1.7 mile trail with its signature feature being a rock that looks like a face. There is also an amphitheater where Park Rangers give presentations that include history of the region & information about some of the wildlife in the area. The campsites are fairly well separated from one another.

Stayed: March 2006
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Location: United States > California > Joshua Tree National Park
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Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Joshua Tree National Park
Number of rooms: 124
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Located in the center of the park, the campground offers good rock climbing. ... more   less 
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Jumbo Rocks Campground Hotel Joshua Tree National Park

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