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“Paradise in the desert” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jumbo Rocks Campground
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Los Alamitos, California
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47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Paradise in the desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

Over 40 years ago, my family and I would make our annual Memorial weekend trek to this amazing place. Yesterday I relived those wonderful memories again. Although we just drove through the camp site, because we were spending the week in palm springs, it was still as primitive and beautiful and I remembered.
My son, his friend and myself decided to take a ride out the Joshue Tree to see the sunset. We entered from the south and we treated to the differing landscapes as we traveled. The goal was Cap Rock ( and the sunset) since Kevin is a Gram Parsons fan as is his dad who encouraged this trip. Time got away from us ( must have been the various stops along the way to just take in the scenery and read some of the exhibit signs and of course climb the huge rock piles along the way) and as the sun was setting we pulled over and hiked across the gorgeous rocks making it in time to experience the serene and awe inspiring sun setting....
Then it was off to Cap Rock for star gazing. With an evening temperature of 78 we could not have asked for more.
It was all and more of my expectations from memories as a teenager..


A truly magical place!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is our favorite place to camp anywhere. Camped here when we lived in California. Still camp here now that we live in Texas. It's that great! Kids and adults love scrambling over the house size boulders. Campfire shadows that dance on the rocks at night. Coyotes howling at night. Sunsets that leave you in awe. Stay for 2 nights. Doesn't matter how fabulous a trip we've had prior to getting to Jumbo Rocks, kids (and adults) think this is the highlight overall. Everyone who likes to camp should experience this place.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

only positives +

one of the best sunsets ive ever seen
rocks are awesome for climbing.
like entourage when they go to the desert

its a fair drive but definitely worth it. watch out for the coyotes at night ;)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here this past weekend for my birthday with friends and family and all I can say is that I would go back in a heartbeat. Specifically, I would stay at this campground. We had read a number of other visitor's reviews, which drew us here in the first place, and it truly didn't disappoint. We stayed and sites 22, 23 and 24 and it was a great collection of sites for a larger group. Honestly, though, you can't go wrong with any of the sites so don't stress about getting the "perfect" site. Your costs for staying here are $15 to enter the Joshua Tree National Park (which is valid for 7 days....just keep your receipt). The site fees are $10 per site per night. Be sure to bring exact cash because there is no ranger station that takes your money and gives you change...it's self service.

As for hikes, we went to the Lost Palms Oasis hike which is a three-mile round trip. It's a nice hike because the way there is mostly uphill leaving you an easy downhill coming back. The payoff is a random Oasis of Palm Trees (hence the name) that appears in the middle of the desert. There are a couple other hikes I would have like to try but we'll definitely go back.

Each site at the campground, by the way, has a picnic table and firepit. There are also bathrooms staggered around the campgrounds which are glorified port-o-potties. Nothing fancy but it does the trick.

The beauty of this place is the evening. As the sun goes down and the colors set in, get to higher ground on one of the many rocks around and you'll be in for a treat.

One last thing...the campgrounds allow dogs but you just need to keep them on leash at all times. They are not allowed on the official trails but there is plenty of terrain around the campground to take your puppy to let him or her explore.

Enjoy your Trip!!!!!

Stayed May 2012
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Newcastle, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

We camped out here with sleeping bags and roll mats (no tents!) and there were several other groups around us. We climbed on top of a large flat boulder and spent the night under the full moon. Never spent the night anywhere so peaceful or gorgeous nor woken up to such a beautiful view.

Room Tip: Boulders are more comfortable than you might think!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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46 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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No. San Diego County
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Jumbo Rocks Campground
Address: Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Location: United States > California > Joshua Tree National Park
Hotel Style:
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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