Jumbo Rocks Campground lies amid the huge, steep rock formations for which Joshua Tree National Park is known. Close proximity to many boulders and rock formations, it is a popular camping location for families with kids. Jumbo Rocks is one of four campgrounds in the park that can be reserved during the busy winter season; it is open on a first-come, first-served basis from June 9 through August 30. Travelers who enjoy warm, dry winters flock to Joshua Tree from October through May, when temperatures hover between 70-90 degrees during the day and drop to a 40-60 degree range at night. Summer is the park's off-season due to the uncomfortably-high desert heat. Jumbo Rocks is at an elevation of 4,380 feet.
Rock scramblers flock to Jumbo Rocks Campground for the variety of geological formations and warmer temperatures that can be found in the interior of the park. Several hiking trails also leave from the campground. There is a short interpretive nature trail and plenty of rocks and canyons to explore within the facility. Clear desert skies are perfect for star-gazing.
This large facility has 124 individual tent and RV campsites. There are no hookups or drinking water in the campground, however the town of Twentynine Palms is 12 miles away and provides basic amenities. The park allows six people and two vehicles per site, however, some sites are small and may not accommodate the maximum number of people and vehicles. See site details for specifics.
Campsites are nestled on a flat, sandy surface between large boulders that tower in unique shapes over the campground and rise up from the otherwise uniform desert landscape. The rocks were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago and have been exposed and shaped by wind and water over time. They brighten with soft pastel hues during the morning and evening sunlight and low with campfire light by night. Visitors may want to keep their eyes out for typical desert inhabitants such as lizards, rattlesnakes, scorpions, ravens, squirrels 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.
Charges & Cancellations
Reservation Cancellations & Changes
Cancelling a Reservation: Customers may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation. Depending on when you cancel in relation to your arrival day, it may be considered a late cancellation (see below).
Changing an Existing Reservation: When changes are made prior to the cut-off window:
If a customer wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee.
There is no change fee if a customer extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates from the original reservation. If they choose to depart early, they may forfeit the recreation fee for the day of departure.
There is no change fee if the customer wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation dates in the same facility.
If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date.
Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window
Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.
Changes or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window: Once a reservation date has begun, customers cannot change a reservation using the online system or through the Call Center (see below for early departures). If the location is staffed, on-site personnel may or may not be able to assist with changes or cancellations (check with local staff).
Overnight and Day-Use Facilities: A no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date (or for day-use facilities, by check-in time the day of arrival). Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date and will hold group day-use facilities until check-in time on the arrival date.
No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night’s recreation fee for a campsite or forfeit the entire day-use fee for a day-use facility.
ADA Access: N
Jumbo Rocks Campground is truly one of the best desert getaways. The rocks around the campground are fun to climb on and explore, plus they create an amazing show of light and shadow from sunrise to moonrise. This campground does have a bit of a party vibe and people stay up late, but everyone was friendly and respectful about it.
This is a clean campground with plenty of toilets and dumpsters, the toilets were cleaned daily. There is no water here, so bring more than you think you need. Also, not much shade, so plan ahead in case you have a site with direct sun all day.
Each site provides a charcoal grill and campfire ring. Unfortunately, fires were prohibited while I was there. Bring your gas stove just in case.
Hidden Springs picnic area is about 20 minutes west of the campground, we used it as a day camp. There is plenty of shade at some of the tables against the rocks. We hung out there during the hottest part of the day to have lunch and stay cool. Twentynine Palms is closer than Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley for groceries, but the drive to Joshua Tree is much more beautiful.
Dogs are allowed, but you can't hike with them anywhere in the park.
I recommend visiting during a new moon. The sunsets and night sky have to be some of the best in the world.
we were at camp 86 and highly recommend it. lots of bees in the morning though!
Seriously beautiful campsite. Was not crowded at all due to the heat, but we were never super hot. Plenty of shade at our site.
Jumbo Rocks is home to some of the most amazing rock formations in Joshua Tree. All the sites are nestled in and around the rocks, which creates a really unique camping experience.
It’s a pretty large campground, but most of the sites are separated by rock formations or brush for added privacy.
Jumbo Rocks was one of my first campgrounds, and it didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend to anybody visiting Joshua Tree.
Had a great camping trip in Joshua NP. It's a large and popular campground but the starry nights amongst giant boulders makes up for it. Site 26 was nice and secluded by boulders from others. Go off season if you don't like crowds.
1st time here, was a little worried about what to expect as I came in through twenty nine palms area but was pleasantly surprised upon arrival. The Jumbo rocks Campground is an awesome location, most of the sites here are great and private especially the ones right next to the big rocks. The restrooms are drop toilet and clean but may you may want to bring your own TP because the one in the restroom are very thin; There isn’t a sink so you’ll need to prepare for that. While there hiked skull rock and discovery trail which was only a couple miles of that. There views were awesome. This campground very well kept but because of the restrooms I would give it a 3 and a half stars because there isn’t any half stars I have it a 4.Would definitely recommend this place.
Very primitive camping, but location, views, hikes, and adventures nearby make it all worth it! We had site #6 and tent camped. It was back a little away from the road and people which was nice. Be sure to bring in your own water. We filled up our jug and got provisions in 29 Palms before heading into the park.
We were fortunate to have a site on the very last loop, which felt very private and more backcountry than I imagine some of the other sites might feel. That said, all of the sites looked amazing as you are surrounded by literal jumbo rocks that are fun to climb and/or just look at. We heard a pack of coyotes, heard and saw owls, saw lots of bunnies and a few jackrabbits at dusk, and a fox! You can access Skull Rock trail from the campground or just hike on back behind your site to explore the view. (Be mindful of where you step though!) Pit toilets are plentiful and actually very pleasant- not smelly and fully stocked with lots of TP. A garbage is available as well. Grill and fire pit at each site. We loved it here and will be back!
Perfectly secluded campsites among the rocks with fire pits and picnic tables. We didn’t even leave the campsite itself for hours because there was so much to hike, climb, and explore (although we definitely went through the rest of the park like the cholla gardens, skull rock, and watched the sunset at key point). Best spot in the whole park for such a good price if you manage to snag a reservation!