The Hidden Valley Campground has 44 sites, pit toilets and no water. The campground is located along park boulevard and is surrounded by large boulders and Joshua Trees.
Because of the park's very dry climate, fire danger in Joshua Tree is almost always very high. Be cautious. Campfires are allowed only in designated fire rings or grills that are found in park campgrounds or picnic areas. Keep fires small. Bring your own firewood. You may not gather park vegetation, whether living or dead, to fuel your campfire. If you plan to have a campfire, bring extra water to douse it thoroughly.
Don’t believe the rangers if they say it’s full or if the full sign is up - it’s often not accurate or updated daily.
This campground was my favorite in JT - the sites are well spaced offering privacy and quite.
Regular NPS campground, pit toilets abound, table and fire ring per site. The usual.
Location is great and close by to al the main attraction!
Probably the easiest campground to get to in Joshua Tree. It has some really cool sites but most seem to be stacked on top of each other for Joshua Tree. It's close to some really cool hikes like the dam, the mill and the mine. I love Joshua Tree and all it has to offer but this isn't my top choice to stay in Joshua Tree.
Me and the ol lady spent the night there this week in late July. Saw a beautiful thunder storm roll threw a few miles from us. Amazing sunset, we climbed up the rocks to get a good view and it was breathtaking. Not very crowded and close to bakers dam hike. Good hike, cool petroglyphs and a really mellow walk. Saw a bunch of critters and an owl flew right by our campfire.
My daughter and I came here for a meteor show, amazing!!! The hiking was good, it is very hot bring plenty of water!!!
The most popular campground in the park means people constantly walking though your campsite and random people taking your limited parking spots. This place needs a Host.
Great campground near some amazing climbing and hikes. Beautiful sunset views and spots are very specious but fill up by early afternoon. No big rigs! Very noisy and crowded and bathrooms and garbages get overrun quickly.
Great basecamp for hiking and climbing. The sky at night is breathtaking - so many stars!! Kids can have fun climbing on nearby boulders. Pit toilets and no water. Be sure to bring plenty of water!
I’ve been going to this area for years. Unfortunately now it’s hard to find a spot let a lot have any sort of private camping experience. There is more light pollution and less chance to see the Milky Way like we used to. That being said, the area is super unique and wonderful!
You can escape the crowds during the day to go and boulder or climb on some random rock piles. There are bathrooms but no water sources so bring your own.
I hate the crowds but still come back every year.
Of all the campgrounds in Joshua Tree this one is consistently the most slammed. It can be extremely difficult to get a site here as they are available on a first-come first-served basis. If you don't get a site here but you want to check out the cool features that make the site so popular, do not despair! There are two day use parking lots in the area so you can park/hike/climb by day. Bring your own water (there's a tap at the park entrance where the ranger station is). You can park at Intersection rock parking lot and enjoy everything Hidden Valley has to offer.
Things that make this campground so popular- classic climbs on all sides, beautiful views if you scamper up any of the rock formations, tons of climbers and a weekend climbers coffee hosted by the climbing ranger.
heads up that falcon nesting in the spring means some areas are closed- please respect closures.
The campground itself continues to be five stars in terms of quality and facilities. However, there really is difficulty finding a spot during the fall through spring season, so you can’t count on it unless you can arrive early on Friday or during weekdays. Also, although dogs are allowed at the campgrounds, they must be within 100 ft of sites or major roads at all times. This isn’t a fault of the campground specially, as this restriction applies to the whole national park and all campgrounds within it. However, it’s good to know if you’re planning a trip with your dog, because it rules out any hiking and 95% of climbing options.