Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Joshua Tree National Park

Searching for a place to camp with your dog near Joshua Tree National Park? Finding pet-friendly campgrounds in California is easier than ever. Each pet-friendly spot offers quick access to one or more of Joshua Tree National Park's most popular destinations.

Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Joshua Tree National Park, CA (30)

    Camper-submitted photo from Calico Ghost Town
    Camper-submitted photo from Calico Ghost Town
    Camper-submitted photo from Calico Ghost Town
    Camper-submitted photo from Calico Ghost Town
    Camper-submitted photo from Calico Ghost Town
    Camper-submitted photo from Calico Ghost Town

    1.

    Calico Ghost Town

    40 Reviews
    178 Photos
    231 Saves
    Yermo, California

    Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 and was abandoned in the mid-1890s after silver lost its value. The town that once gave miners a good living lost its hustle and became a “ghost town.”

    Walter Knott purchased Calico in the 1950’s architecturally restoring all but the five original buildings to look as they did in the 1880’s. Calico received State Historical Landmark 782 and in 2005 was proclaimed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to be California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town.

    Today, Calico is part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system, which is visited by people from across the country and from all over the world. Along with its history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town has shops, restaurants and offers camping, hiking and off-roading.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Barstow-Calico KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Barstow-Calico KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Barstow-Calico KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Barstow-Calico KOA

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    Barstow-Calico KOA

    23 Reviews
    55 Photos
    59 Saves
    Daggett, California

    Welcome to Barstow-Calico KOA, a convenient and friendly spot near Yermo, CA. This place is perfect for those passing through or looking to explore the nearby attractions of Barstow and Calico. The campground is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, glamping options, and even yurts.

    One of the standout features here is the pool, which is a great way to cool off in the desert heat. You'll also find hammocks next to the pool, perfect for a relaxing afternoon. The general store on-site has some treats and essentials, making it easy to grab what you need without leaving the campground.

    The sites are mostly pull-throughs, making it easy for big rigs to get in and out. Hookups are straightforward, with 50 amp service available. The campground is conveniently located near the highway, which makes for easy access but can also mean some road noise.

    Visitors have mentioned the helpful and friendly staff, who go out of their way to make your stay as smooth as possible. The campground is clean, with well-maintained showers and bathrooms. There's also a laundry facility if you need to freshen up your clothes during your stay.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed, and there's even a dog run for your furry friends to stretch their legs. If you're into exploring, the views of the desert and mountains are stunning, and the proximity to historic sites like the Calico Ghost Town adds a bit of adventure to your stay.

    Overall, Barstow-Calico KOA is a great waypoint for travelers looking for a comfortable and convenient stop with plenty of amenities to make your stay enjoyable.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Owl Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Owl Canyon Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Owl Canyon Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Owl Canyon Campground

    3.

    Owl Canyon Campground

    20 Reviews
    65 Photos
    180 Saves
    Barstow, California

    Welcome to Owl Canyon Campground, located near Barstow, CA. This spot is perfect if you're looking for a quiet desert escape with some stunning views. The campground is known for its seclusion and beautiful landscapes, making it a great place to unwind and enjoy nature.

    The road to get here can be a bit rough, with some washboard bumps and sandy patches, so take it slow, especially if you're in a low-clearance vehicle. But once you arrive, you'll find it worth the effort. The campground offers basic amenities like vault toilets and picnic tables, and while there are water spigots, they might be capped, so it's a good idea to bring your own water.

    One of the highlights here is the hiking trail that starts at the northern end of the campground. It's an easy and scenic trek through Owl Canyon, perfect for a morning hike before you hit the road again. The campground itself is pretty spacious, with plenty of room between sites, and it's generally quiet and peaceful.

    Pets are welcome, and you can have a campfire, but you'll need to bring your own firewood. There are no electric or sewer hookups, so it's best suited for those who are prepared for a more rustic camping experience. The cost is quite reasonable at $6 per night, and it's first-come, first-served.

    Overall, Owl Canyon Campground is a great spot if you're looking for a peaceful desert camping experience with some beautiful scenery and a bit of adventure. Just be prepared for the drive in, and you'll have a fantastic time.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $6 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Afton Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Afton Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Afton Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Afton Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Afton Canyon Campground
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    4.

    Afton Canyon Campground

    17 Reviews
    88 Photos
    209 Saves
    Newberry Springs, California

    Afton Canyon Campground, near Baker, CA, is a unique spot for those looking to explore the Mojave Desert. This place is open year-round and offers a rugged yet rewarding camping experience. The campground is accessible via a dirt road, which can be a bit bumpy, but it's manageable for most vehicles, including RVs and motorhomes.

    One of the standout features here is the metal canopies over the picnic tables, providing much-needed shade in the desert heat. The sites are spacious, making it easy to set up camp whether you're in a tent or an RV. While there are no electric hookups or drinking water available, the campground does have vault toilets and trash facilities.

    Afton Canyon is known for its scenic beauty, with colorful cliff faces and the Mojave River running above ground nearby. It's a fantastic spot for hiking, ATV riding, and exploring the desert landscape. The area is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Visitors have mentioned the occasional noise from nearby trains, but many find it adds to the charm rather than being a disturbance. The campground is also a great place for stargazing, thanks to the clear desert skies.

    If you're passing through on I-15 between L.A. and Vegas, Afton Canyon Campground is worth a stop. Just remember to pack out your trash and be prepared for a bit of wind—it can get pretty gusty out here!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Shady Lane RV Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Shady Lane RV Camp
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    Shady Lane RV Camp

    9 Reviews
    28 Photos
    31 Saves
    Barstow, California
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Newberry Mountain RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Newberry Mountain RV Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Newberry Mountain RV Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Newberry Mountain RV Park

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    Newberry Mountain RV Park

    6 Reviews
    28 Photos
    33 Saves
    Newberry Springs, California
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area
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    BLM Barstow - Dispersed Camp Area

    3 Reviews
    9 Photos
    87 Saves
    Joshua Tree National Park, California

    Camping on public lands away from developed recreation facilities is referred to as dispersed camping. Most of the remainder of public lands are open to dispersed camping, as long as it does not conflict with other authorized uses or in areas posted "closed to camping," or in some way adversely affects wildlife species or natural resources.

    Dispersed camping is allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period. The 28 day period begins when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public lands. The 14 day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous overnight occupation during the 28 day period. After the 14th day of occupation, the camper must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location until the 29th day since the initial occupation. The purpose of this special rule is to prevent damage to sensitive resources caused by continual use of any particular areas. In addition, campers must not leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days (12 months in Alaska).

    Campsite Selection Dispersed camp sites are located along most secondary roads and may not be marked. Popular locations can be recognized by the telltale flat disturbed area that has been used as a camp site before. Not all flat spots are sites. If possible, please use existing sites to avoid creating new disturbances. To further protect your public lands, campers must not dispose of any refuse, hazardous materials, sewage, or in any manner pollute the surrounding area.

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    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Military Park Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base Oasis RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Military Park Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base Oasis RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Military Park Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base Oasis RV Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Mojave Narrows Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mojave Narrows Regional Park
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    Mojave Narrows Regional Park

    8 Reviews
    29 Photos
    80 Saves
    Apple Valley, California

    Located alongside an old riverbed in the high desert south of Victorville, Mojave Narrows offers lush plant growth, acres of waterways, impressive strands of cottonwood and willows and broad meadows all naturally landscaped by nature. The park is home to more than 1,500 species of watchable wildlife.

    In addition there is year-round fishing, disc golf course, equestrian trails, a playground, climbing rocks, splash pad and hiking trails.

    For campers, there are tent campsites along the shores of both Horseshoe Lake and Pelican Lake. RV sites with full hook-ups are also located near Horseshoe Lake.

    Mojave Narrows Regional Park offers many options for camping and is dog-friendly and is accessible for people with disabilities.

    Camping Amenities

    38 RV or trailer full hookup sites (no tents allowed) 31 tent camping sites along Horseshoe or Pelican Lakes 6 group camping sites 3 group equestrian sites Hot showers and restrooms Grills and fire rings Dump stations

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 - $47 / night

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Which is the most popular pet-friendly campsite near Joshua Tree National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular pet-friendly campground near Joshua Tree National Park is Calico Ghost Town with a 4-star rating from 40 reviews.

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