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Top 8 Joshua Tree National Park Campgrounds & RV Parks

Camping within Joshua Tree’s unique desert ecosystem is an experience like no other. With unusually shaped trees, massive boulders, and endless hiking and rock-climbing opportunities, it’s a must-visit on your camper van road trip.

Within the national park itself, there are several National Parks Service (NPS) campgrounds which are run by the government – perfect if you want to sleep under the stars right within nature. There are also many privately run campgrounds and RV parks in the surrounding areas if you would prefer to be closer to towns and have access to more amenities where you stay. Here are some of the best campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park and its surrounding areas.

Jumbo Rocks Campground

Jumbo Rocks campground in Joshua Tree


Jumbo Rocks Campground is centrally located in Joshua Tree National Park and boasts its surrounding views of the park’s quintessential rocky landscapes. The scenic campground is nearby many great hiking trails and rock formations such as Skull Rock, Juniper Flats, and Pleasant Valley Trail, all only minutes away from where you will wake up.

The campground has minimal amenities; you will find vault toilets, picnic tables, and trash/recycling station here, but there are no showers or staff on site. Potable water isn’t available here, so make sure you pack plenty of your own. If you want to get out into nature and relax by a campfire, you will love this campground.

This NPS run campground has 124 individual/family sites for tents, camper vans, and RVs. The park gets quite busy in high season (September – May), so it’s best to book your spot in advance at $15.00 per night.