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Most Recent Joshua Tree National Park Camping Reviews
Unsafe playground

We decided to stop here that the kids can play on the playground and jumping pad. The playground is 100ft from the Interstate 15. Some parts are dangerous to play, especially the swing. That needs absolutely immediate maintenance. The jumping pad is only allowed to use if the parents sign a waiver. At the morning we got the information it’s only open between 3-5pm. At 3pm it wasn’t inflated and we got the answer it’s closed due to winter. We have currently 65 degrees by sky clear no wind. The bathrooms are older, but clean and ok. The spots itself are mostly pull through and with gravel. So it was the worst experience for a KOA Campground. If you want that your kids playing on an unsafe playground next to the freeway you are right here.


We got here after dark, super easy to navigate, even in the dark! The camp sites were huge, with concrete fire pit & picnic table included. Bathrooms easily accessible to all campers, and close to all campsites. The train tracks were about 300 yards from where we stayed, noise was minimal and actually a very cool site when the trains passed. Looking forward to coming back to camp again!

A nice bit of green in the desert

I used to go here a lot as a kid, both for RV camping and fishing. It's an interesting area, as a rockbed forces the normally underground Mojave River to the surface here, meaning that this is one of the only parts of the river to flow above ground year round. As a result, a small forest of Cottonwood trees abounds, which are the only native tree to this area. The lakes are nice, there are mountain views, and some cool hikes to explore in the riverbed area. It's a green Oasis in the desert, spring is probably the best time to go as it can get very hot in summer and very cold in winter. I do miss the houses, cows, and camels that use to be housed in the stables.

Really great experience!

Really love this place… the scenery was beautiful!

Nice private campground

This campground is good for seeking a small getaway from the city. It is gated and has showers and bathrooms. If you like fishing you can purchase a daily fishing pass, although I must say last few times water was a bit dirty. They have a small park for the kiddos and on occasions will have events. Its not a very quiet Campground but its ok if you want to bond with friends and bbq.

Desolate, Beautiful rock formations, great hiking

This campsite is on BLM land, you can stay up to 14 days. There a wide variety of campsites from single to group sites. Restrooms available. Some sites have shaded structures, picnic tables and fire rings. Popular spot for rock climbers, giant rock formations jet out from the ground. Great hiking and awesome spot in spring for some beautiful wild flowers. Would definitely go back in spring or fall months when not too hot.

There's no place like this place anywhere near this place so this must be the place

Beautiful view beautiful country nice clean drinking water

Peace N Quite

Love this place. One of my favorite spots to go to for a quick getaway

Great first come first serve

Came up here at 11am on a Saturday in June and managed to snag the last campsite! The sites are dispersed farther apart than most Californian campsites but still not far enough for my liking. Bathrooms were clean and the site had a small hiking trail nearby. Only cons would be the amount of noise generated by off road vehicles nearby but still not bad enough to warrant anything less than a five star.

Clean, primitive camping

Great spot off the forest service roads near Big Bear, truck or SUV recommended for the drive in. Campsites are spaced nicely, tall trees, and some of the cleanest vault toilets I have ever used. Camp host present to regulate and sale firewood. Located near the Gold Fever Trail, hiking, climbing, and a lot of 4-wheeling. A little pricey for a primitive spot with no water or electricity.