As one of the few reservable campgrounds in Joshua Tree, Indian Cove is a great option for camping. Unlike some of the more popular campgrounds in Joshua Tree it is located outside the main park so it’s a bit of a drive to the main attractions. But if you want to make sure you have a place to camp it is a beautiful campground with plenty of rocks to climb or camp within. I stayed here for a night, got up early and moved to Jumbo Rocks inside the park.
Visited for SDSU Climbing Club trip. Spacious sites located next to humongous boulders just waiting to be climbed. No ropes needed in order to climb around and explore. Sites are nestled between rocks so privacy can be found, although sites are close to each other. Picnic tables and fire pit at each site. Bathrooms clean and close by. Very clean campground, do your part and keep it that way!
Make sure to stop and fill up the yellow tab and leave the top on your dash and pay respectively. Id suggest to buy an annual park pass and military gets the whole year for free!! See the visitor center for it and while ure at it if you have kids, every National Park has an activity book to earn hat badge and stickers as junior ranger. On this location day hikers no need to register. And for the group campers and with those outdoor enthusiast glamping there is a designated spot for yall and must register ahead! All other campers, pick your own rock and by far this is the spot that i will keep coming back! The sky was perfect, no moon and u can see some jupiters moon like IO with naked eye, this night i saw 4!! It was spectacular!! Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints and bring nothing but memories!!
We love the jumbo rocks at Joshua Tree and Indian cove campground is settled within a group of the giant rock formations. Our campsite was a bit small, but fine for the two of us and our tent. We had a picnic table, grill and fire pit. Vault toilets were spaced nicely along the campground road. No water in the actual campground, but is at the ranger station. No showers or running water, cell coverage was spotty.
Nice campgrounds, I enjoyed the views. The campgrounds were clean, their were restrooms pretty close by. The rocks were pretty sweet to climb on.
Great campground in Joshua Tree NP, rustic - just put toilets & drinking water available but some sites are tucked right up amongst the red rocks. Great for bouldering, desert night sky spectacular too.
If you want to get great views of the night sky without the City Light pollution that we are all so used to, head to Joshua Tree and pick any of the campsites. Both Indian Cove and jumbo rocks campsites have plenty of large Rock outcroppings 2 search and explore. The campsites are well laid out with plenty of room. Some are more set for large RVs. The facilities in this Campground are nice.
This is a primitive campground if you don't like to get dirty then you shouldn't camp here. But if you don't mind then you will have a great time. Especially at nighttme . It's a stargazers delight.
Many people don't realize Indian Cove campground is an option in Joshua Tree- mostly because it is accessed from outside the park (can't drive there from the park loop). Although it is a bit remote from the other main attractions in the park, Indian Cove has some real merits 1) Typically less of a zoo than the rest of the park 2) more protected and slightly lower elevation can make it significantly warmer on the cool/windy days 3) some solid climbs (yes they tend to be shorter than the other spots, but still worth a visit!). Rattlesnake Canyon provides hiking access to the northern side of Wonderland of Rocks, an incredible alien landscape of monzogranite boulders and other funky formations. Another plus here is that they take reservations, so if you plan ahead you can lock something in and not have to leave it to chance.
You'll want a fierce amount of water with you and good sunscreen during the day, but with the low humidity the heat isn't too punishing. The park is beautiful with lots of good stopping points, and plenty of privacy. Gets cold enough to have a fire at night, and is incredibly peaceful. The vegetation is all so brittle the desert becomes incredibly quiet at times which makes for a unique experience.