Black Rock Horse Campground lies among one of the thickest Joshua tree forests in Joshua Tree National Park. Its location on the park's northern perimeter makes it a popular rest stop for hikers, birders, horseback riders and RV campers. Black Rock can be reserved during the busy winter season; it is open on a first-come, first-served basis from June 1 through September 30. Travelers who enjoy warm, dry winters flock to Joshua Tree from October through May, when temperatures hover between 70 to 90 degrees during the day and drop anywhere between 40 to 60 degrees at night. Summer is the park's off-season due to uncomfortably high desert heat. Black Rock is at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a mix of both sun and shade.
Equestrians will enjoy the variety of trails around Black Rock for day rides, including some with spectacular views of the low desert and high peaks around Palm Springs.
The facility is convenient for RV camping, complete with flush toilets and a dump station. There are no hookups. Black Rock is one of two campgrounds in the national park that provides drinking water. Showers, laundry and other amenities are available in the town of Yucca Valley five miles away.
The unique shape of Joshua trees and the huge rocks that surround them draw tourists and scientists alike to the national park. Within the Black Rock facility, the surrounding trees form silhouettes against the landscape during sunrise and sunset and display bunches of blooming white flowers in early spring.
Campers staying at Black Rock may have the chance to view the elusive desert tortoise, found only in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Visitors may also want to keep their eyes out for more typical desert inhabitants such as lizards, rattlesnakes, scorpions, coyotes, ravens and desert tarantulas during the cooler months of the year. Bobcats and mountain lions do live in the park, however they are rarely seen near humans. Birders may also be pleasantly surprised at the variety of species found around the campground.
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Get ready to sleep outside because the stars are insane! Tons of hiking trails leaving directly from the campground. Had some privacy at camp and didn't feel too close to others. Clean bathrooms and sites included a table. Lots of parking.
Spent 4days there it was windy we went hiking trails are marked and there fire pits campgrounds get packed . Loved the views my wife and I really enjoyed our stay there even though we had to put large rocks inside the tent. Restrooms were clean
Stayed here when we went to Joshua tree. All campsite in the park were full so we luckily snagged one of these the sites are nice and clean with a fire pit. Only gripe is that has little wind protection which wind can get crazy out there sometimes. We just put our car in front to block and we’re fine
Thought it would be a bit higher up. No pines, just scrub oaks. Limited water access for lake. The wind blew all the time.
To kick off a week-long road trip through 6 states, Black Rock Campground was the first stop. As a native Californian seeing Joshua Tree for the first time, under a crisp Spring sunset, the undulating Yucca Valley did not disappoint! Arriving merely two hours before sunset allowed for enough time to set up "camp" in the Element & hike a mile or so up a nearby mini-mountain for sunset. It's all we had; sunset & the desert moon. Knowing an impending departure time of 0700 for Zion crept closer and closer, time stood still atop our solely inhabited mountain.
Sweeping views of the valley, elder Joshua Trees scattered about, and the sporadic desert cactus flower offered a surreal landscape painting. The trees by moonlight's veil presented Black Rock as a different world than that gilded by glow of the setting sun. A chilly desert wind softly rattled the spindly agave family trees overnight, with intermittent embers flashing about. Black Rock hummed its overnighter's to sleep with a Shamen-esque protection and pristine desert air.
Nice sites, each with a fire ring and picnic table however these are very open sites (which is just like most of the climber sites). This location is nice in that it does have full restrooms and water (which aren't present at the interior sites). Not too far from some decent easy treks into the national park (try the High View Loop for some great views of the surrounding area). While the campground is technically in that National park you can not get to any of the other scenic sites directly and have to drive back through the city and back in through one of the main entrances. Which means if you need anything you're closer to civilization than you are anywhere else in the park, but this also detracts a little from the remoteness of the park. That being said, you will want to try and either initially find your site or get a map of the campground before you arrive as there is no lights in the campground and the markers are difficult to distinguish in the dark. Overall a good campground.
This campsite has alot of bird and would come during the cooler months
Quails running around everywhere, cool little spot at JTree, a little different than Jumbo and the other climber sites.