Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Equestrian
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Ryan Campground
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Ryan Campground is located in Joshua Tree National Park in California
Latitude
33.983 N
Longitude
-116.155 W
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14 Reviews of Ryan Campground
Unobstructed dark skies, peace and quiet

I chose site#10 and it was perfect.  Was able to hide my tent in a cubby of sorts with the site backing up to a giant boulder.  Had a clear view of the sunset off to the west.

Each site had a fire ring and a picnic table.

Some sites are pretty close together but drive around and you can find one that has plenty of room between you and the next camper(s)

Pit toilets and as many others have said, NO WATER on site.  So be sure to carry along what you need and some extra.

I visited in Mid Sept and it was perfect weather.  Warmer during the day and nice and cool at night.  Just a handful of campers during this time as well.

Just a heads up, LEAVE YOUR HAMMOCK  at home unless you have a stand or plan on tying off to a vehicle or the boulders.  Reading a review below it shows someone using their hammock set up on a Joshua Tree.  Sure it made for a really cool photo but just fyi, yes it is in fact illegal.  Not only that but your damaging the exact thing that you are headed to the national part to enjoy….the Joshua Trees!

Right in the Middle

Excellent location right in the middle of the park. You're an easy drive to most of the park. The campground backs up to big rocks you can climb on. The spots are well spaced and they were very clean.

gorgeous alien landscape

Beautiful landscape. very dry. you must bring all of your own water and firewood (not allowed to collect it there). It is an easy drive from Ryan campground to several classic hikes including ryan moutain trail with an epic view. Cholla garden is far, but so pretty at sunrise/sunset - just heads up that because it is on the eastern side of the hills in the park the sun sets significantly earlier than the rest of the park- so be sure to hit early!

First come first serve

I went to Visit Joshua Tree in late March and it was during spring break for all the college students so it was very difficult to find an available campsite, you definitely want to get their early and start asking around if people are going to leave their campground. Most people will leave a sign at the front of their campsite saying when they will leave which is helpful. Luckily I found a campsite at Ryan Campground and it is a wonderful campground that has a trail that leads down to keys view. Also there are plenty of rock formations to do some rock climbing.

Also the trail is close to the Boy Scout trail which leads to Indian Cove. Definiely a great site to stay at, which I would highly recommend.

Excellent. No company except some kit foxes.

We had a wonderful time here. We stayed 2 nights and had no other company except for a kit fox or 2. Its a lot smaller of a camp ground than most national parks. Which i imagine if its packed would be great. We did not have that problem. There pretty amazing hiking, climbing, and mountain biking inside Joshua tree. Some the best in world. Cool hiking real close right from the site.

Camp sites had fire rings, picnic tables, and lots and lots of beauty. You will definitely enjoy yourself at Joshua Tree. Only reason its a 4 star review is because the price. Which is still cheaper than most NP.

Cheers!

Gazed on Bright Stars

This campsite is firstcome, first-served and the campground is at 4,300 feet (1,310 m) in elevation. It only have 31 sites and make sure you bring plenty of water since there isn't a single potable water in this site. It's a must for anyone who enjoys being away from big crowds but loves to take a hike, boulder or rock climbing.

Favorite campground in the Park

We loved the location of Ryan campground and also that it was smaller than some of the other loops. It was mostly quiet and the views of both rocks and Joshua Trees was great and it was easy to access any point in the park.

No Where Else...

Joshua Tree National Park is a world of it's own. Ryan was a beautiful site with great rock formations all around.

Right before 29 palms

It is a great campground of the main road on the right. 👌🏼 there is some great bouldering here and picnic areas. And if you follow the road down and keep to the right you will end up on a mountain bluff where you can see all the mountain ranges sprawling out before you. Great view. Nice an quiet. Lacks shade though.

Find an Alternate Plan for Summer

This is the best site location for non-group tent camping for an early morning or late evening summit of Ryan Mountain.

Unfortunately, I didn't do enough research when planning my trip to Ryan apart from getting excited about the proximity to the popular Joshua Tree Ryan Mountain hike. I was focused on getting up the hill as early as possible before the sun got too hot. Because the sites are first come, I didn't think I wouldn't have a problem because things aren't too full in the summer. Unfortunately, to my surprise, this campground is closed in the summer.

As an alternative next stop, tried Sheep Pass (which has a trail that connects to the Ryan Mtn trailhead) and quickly learned that this is a group only campground which requires reservation (and is also closed in the summer). Finally wound up at White Tank which is a bit further away, but still a great site and close enough to get to Ryan Mountain early in the day. It turned out to be a good summer alternative.

If you happen to be lucky enough to get a site at Ryan in the season when it is open, it's a "primitive campground", $15 per site, no water (you'll need a lot to drink if you're hiking Ryan Mtn in the sun as well as some to wash off the dust when you get to the bottom) and each site has a table and fire pit (which seems to be the standard across JT). I didn't get to check out the bathrooms, they were also closed.

A positive note for hammockers- this campground is further into the northwestern side of the park where the Joshua Trees become more dense, so you might get lucky and find a great spot in or near you site for hammocking. I found a great one!