Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Joshua Tree South
Bureau of Land Management
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Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
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Joshua Tree South is located in California
33.674 N
-115.801 W
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12 Reviews of Joshua Tree South
Boondocking BLM

This spot is owned by the BLM. That means it’s free for up to 14 days and there aren’t any hook up. There were a few other campers around but I never heard them. The silence is serene and the sunsets are breathtaking. And since it’s just outside of the park entrance, there’s still cell service.

Can get crowded on holidays

The location of this campground, right by the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park is really convenient. You can see the highway from where you camp, but it’s not too loud to keep you up at night or anything. The camping area goes both east and west from the Joshua Tree entrance road. We camped on the eastern side, accessing via the southern road About .2mi down that road a mini van pulling a pop up trailer was stuck in a sandy patch. We then drove the northern road on the eastern side and it is much firmer and less sandy.

Plenty of space for all sized camping rigs. It was busy in March since the southern end of the park is in full bloom. The space is fairly open with a lot of low vegetation and a few trees. It wasn’t windy when we camped but I’m sure it gets very windy there.

Each site has unique layout

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!

It’s the dessert

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.

Hot but worth it

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.

Free dry camping

Nice quiet large spaces with fire rings will fit 40ft+ Rvs right outside the entrance to Joshua Tree national park

Great seclusion

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.

Exceptional sunset. but windy

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.

No ammenities.

Perfect for climbing trips

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.