Tent Sites
No Fires
No Pets
No Drinking Water
About Boy Scout Trail Backcountry Camping
National Park Service
Hike In
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
No Fires
No Firewood Available
No Market
No Pets
No Phone Service
No Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
No Toilets
No Trash
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Boy Scout Trail Backcountry Camping is located in California
34.0417 N
-116.1858 W
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1 Review of Boy Scout Trail Backcountry Camping
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Good backup option for when campgrounds are full

This backcountry camping is the easiest to get to from the West entrance. You can't just backcountry camp anywhere in Joshua Tree, because you must first register at one of the backcountry boards. This trailhead has one of the approximately dozen backcountry boards in the park. Rules for backcountry camping in Joshua Tree:

  • Register at a backcountry board and park your car in that parking lot
  • Hike in at least 1 mile from any roads
  • Set up camp at least 500 feet from any trails and water sources
  • Not fires permitted


  • free
  • guaranteed camping during busy weekends


  • No facilities along the trail (just the bathroom in the parking lot)