We rented two sites right next to each other and had a total of 11 people. We had one tent of 3 people and the rest were in 1-2 people tents. We were able to fit them all in comfortably around the boulders and have plenty of room for games, hanging out, cooking etc. would highly recommend visiting!
I stayed here the first week of April 2019. Plenty of space to feel secluded. The highway noise is rarely noticeable. The site we found was more level than some campgrounds we’ve been in. It’s 100% boondocking, but it’s also 100% free. About 23 miles from Indio/Coachella.
The dry heat is tolerable as long as you pack enough water, I had 1.5 gallons packed per trail, the views are awesome and there’s an oasis in the middle of desert which is pretty awesome.
Nice quiet large spaces with fire rings will fit 40ft+ Rvs right outside the entrance to Joshua Tree national park
We went here several years ago on a holiday weekend. Not thinking ahead I completely forgot about the holiday and was just happy to have a few days off to camp. When we reached the state park they warned us that the campgrounds had been filled up, they directed us instead to BLM right outside the park. Was this the best decision ever! 5 whole days there and only ever saw one soul having a blast on his dirt bike. Great seclusion if you love space, my dog loved the freedom of not being surrounded by other camps and dogs and we got a wonderful opportunity to get away. Would definitely do it again.
We stayed here a couple nights and also stayed inside the park a couple nights. BLM land and national forrest are my favorite. This place was pretty exposed and rather windy but still alright.
There are no facilities, no amenities, and while i like that it may not be for everyone. Whether you stay here or in the park you going to love Joshua tree. It has some of the more amazing climbing, mountain biking, and hiking in the world. My girlfriend and i had no expectations going in and thats what made it so special.
We stayed here 2 nights instead of staying inside the park.
While it is free… it is exposed, windy and not that pretty. We ended up sleeping in our car both nights because it was too windy to set up our tent.
Once you go BLM, you never go back(?) Ok that's not how the saying goes but it's true! Seems like every time my friends and I want to go to J-tree for climbing, the campgrounds are allll full. It's such a pain to drive around looking for an empty site, especially if you want to meet friends and there's NO CELL SERVICE in the park. One time a ranger handed us a paper with instructions to get to this place called "BLM land"..the first time we went we were quite unsure, but it ended up being the best thing ever!! Plenty of space for a large group to get loud, get drunk, have fun without worrying about having families with children nearby.
- have to drive outside of the park.
- not the prettiest place, especially compared to waking up amongst the rocks inside the actual park
- just land. no bathrooms, water, etc.
- technically no fires allowed, but we have always found a fire pit made of rocks from previous guests, and used that.
Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing place whether you go there during summer or winter but make sure you're prepared… on this trip it was summer which means being prepared for the heat…bringing plenty of water specially when you go hiking
Honestly, who needs bathrooms and paved roads… You are camping for goodness sake! The BLM land north of I-10 and just south of the Joshua Tree's southern entrance is the perfect place to camp if you A. Want to pay $0.00 and B. Want privacy! We decided to camp here over Memorial Day weekend 2016 because all the campsites inside the park were SOO crowded. We were the only ones out on the BLM and it was quiet and we had great views (even the highway looked cool at night with the cars whizzing by and it's far enough away that it's not like it really even matters). I highly recommend this if you love to camp but you are like me and don't want other people's camp fire smoke in your face or hearing their screaming children throw a temper tantrum! This was my first time camping BLM but it will not be my last!