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Jumbo Rocks Campground
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Nanaimo, Canada
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101 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Jumbo Rocks, Rock!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed at this campground on the MLK Long Weekend (last weekend). It is one of the most amazing campgrounds we've ever seen. You literally camp amongst the huge boulders divided by pieces of the desert. The days were HOT but the nights were COLD so bring lots of clothing to accommodate these temperature variations. My only minor negative is that sometimes RVs with big slides stick out into the road too much. We were able to get around it, but I don't think it is safe. Perhaps there needs to be a bit of a guideline as to how much of the road you take up with your unit. But, this is minor, so go enjoy. Don't miss the Arch Rock walk and sunset at Keyes View.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

The main focal point at Joshua Tree National Park is the Hidden Valley area. To the west of the main road is a huge parking lot, as well as Hidden Valley, which is a naturally occurring circular enclosure made of a circular mountain of stone, with one naturally occurring entrance. Across the street from Hidden Valley is anothe parking lot, and most stone mountains, many of which are used on a daily basis by mountain climbers toting long cables, for use in scaling vertical cliffs. The main road circles around to the east, passing Spatula Rock, and brings you to Jumbo Rocks campground.

PHOTOGENIC ROCKS AT JUMBO ROCKS AREA. Jumbo Rocks campground is the site of most of the specacular boulder formations in Joshua Tree National Park, including a set of 10-foot long fingers assembled together (these can be seen at the top of a low cliff), a spectacular 10-foot sphere balanced on top of a cliff, where the cliff is made of triangular chunks of stone pieced together (this can be seen from the trailhead to Skull Rock Trail), a 10-foot high sloth (this is near the 10-foot sphere, and is located at ground level), several beautiful monoliths (these are located 50 feet to the east of Skull Rock, and can be accessed directly, or by hiking around the low-lying mountain). A narrow road winds its way through Jumbo Rocks campground, and near campsite 13 is a beautiful monolith with a juniper tree growing from the granite floor of the desert. This juniper tree has been much photographed. The sphere at the top of the cliff is featured on the cover of the following excellent book: Joshua Tree National Park geology by D. D. Trent and Richard W. Hazlett.

NEARBY SPLIT ROCK TRAIL. Near Jumbo Rocks, and directly across the road main, is Split Rock Trail, which features two or three additional beautiful monoliths, and more sheer cliffs where mountain climbers scale upwards on ropes. Also, directly across the little road that winds its way through Jumbo Rocks campground, is another area (without any trails) where visitors can poke around and discover other boulder formations, for example, more monoliths and also an elephant.

NEARBY LIVE OAK CAMPGROUND. Jumbo Rocks campground is a short, 10 minute stroll from Live Oak campground, and here one can find more photogenic boulders, including two pyramids (side-by-side), each about 30 feet tall. In the Jumbo Rocks campground, Split Rock trail, and Live Oak campground, the granite that makes up the desert floor, as well as some of the boulders that make up the tiny mountains in this area, are distinguished by having beautiful white stripes. The white strips are generally 15 to 20 feet long, and they are made of white minerals that are embedded in the beige-colored granite boulders or in the beige-colored granite desert floor.

STREAM BEDS. Another excellent feature can be found in the Jumbo Rocks campground area, namely, dried stream beds. The dried stream beds are an excellent place to find cacti, and also various colorful flowers. (Of course, these stream beds should be avoided during rainstorms, since the rapidly moving waters are violent, powerful, and dangerous. During the rainstorms of October 2013, these storms overturned several picnic tables and campfire grills, and destroyed parts of the edges of some of the small roads that are in Jumbo Rocks campground).

Jumbo Rocks campground has an amphitheater, apparently for the purpose of talks by the park rangers. However, I have never attempted to learn about or attend these talks, since all of my visits at Joshua Tree National Park have been for photography. During the years 2011 to 2013, I spent 18 weekends exploring Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

We just went to Jumbo Rocks in December 2013. Jumbo Rocks has 124 sites, and is only $10 per night. The campground has its own amphitheater, a recycling station, baskets for used propane bottles, and wildlife proof trash bins scattered throughout. The nearest water is located in Twentynine Palms, where you can either fill up at the Visitors Center or just buy water at the Circle K off Hwy 62 (if you’re entering the park off I-10, you can fill up on water at the Cottonwood Visitors Center when you stop to pay your park entrance fee).

Most of the sites in this campground are incorporated into the rocks, with some even on the rock formations themselves. Most have a fair degree of privacy, although some are crammed because of where they’re located. The campground is divided into a handful of loops, while the main road has campsites on it as well.

We stayed at site #77 at the far end of the campground, a large yet private site that backed up right to the giant boulders. Our favorite sites were 10 & 11 for a group, 33, 41, 77-81, 87, 95, 101, and 120. The sites to stay away from are 65-67, if only because of their proximity to the bathroom.

Check out the video we shot and the full review at TentTalkTime.com! Feel free to get in touch with questions or comments!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Had an awesome stay with a 30 ft. RV in the middle of Joshua Tree Natl Park. Mind you, the park's website says it will not have RVs there, but the ranger told us at the gate that we could - pleasant surprise!

It is primitive, though, so no hookups, but it sure is worth it! Had a fire going in the evening, and went rock- hopping just as early as the sun was up.
Walk from the site to skull rock - nice hike, nothing fancy.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went for the meteor showers in August.... camped at Jumbo Rocks, which is one of the larger campgrounds inside Joshua Tree. It's absolutely beautiful there. Hiking is fun, there's so many trails to follow and climbing the rocks is an adventure. The kids loved it. There are bathrooms, no showers, and we stayed in a tent this time. We have a motorhome, but it's too big to bring inside Joshua Tree. The limit is 35 feet I was told at the main gate. I believe we had to pay $10 for the campsite and also paid an entrance fee, which I can't remember how much that was, but it's a deal. I would go again, but you know what, the Government is closing all State Parks right now, so not sure when Joshua Tree will be open again....but the meteor showers are again this month, so I hope they open soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We came in the summer (mid-June) and knew it would be hot. We arrived late afternoon and stayed until late morning - but had most of the campsite to ourselves. We basically spread ourselves over 3 sites, and it was sublime to go to sleep and wake up among the rock beings. Came w our 4 year old who loved it.

We couldn't quite imagine what it would be like full in high season - the sites were fairly tight, so definitely a different experience.

I like the feeling of being alone in nature, so this was a perfect time to

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

I had not seen Joshua trees before my visit, so it made things interesting for me. This is a very beautiful national park it is nearly 800,000 acres, A large part of the park is a designated wilderness area. There are several hiking trails within the park, many of which can be accessed from a campground, if you hike through Hidden Valley you can view the beauty of the park without straying too far into the desert. Make sure to go to the lookout point at Keys View, towards the south of the park, from here you will see the Coachella Valley and Salton Sea.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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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
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Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Joshua Tree National Park
Number of rooms: 124
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