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Great location for a Thousand Trails

This is a great location if you are a Thousand trails member well worth it. If laying nightly defiantly better options for nightly rates. This is a very popular park and they do have stricter rules than other TT parks. The staff have always been friendly and easy going. The area park is next to I10 and does have lots of road noise, also a good amount of riff raff and homeless near by. The park does keep security tight as a precaution. Park is covered with palm trees and a few citrus trees you can pick from. Lots of stuff to do/see in surrounding areas. Would recommend if you are a TT member. Park is seasonal and not open year round.

Love this place

My family and I enjoy coming here. We live close by and take out travel trailer there . We love it the sites are great and the staff is very helpful

Acceptable campground on the edge of Joshua Tree...

While technically in Joshua Tree National Park, this campground sits on the Northwest edge of J.T., requires no park entrance fee, and does not connect with the main road through the park. It's a fine campground for those who can't get a site at one of the other campgrounds, or those who don't want to make the long, slow drive into the park. If you want to actually visit Joshua Tree, I'd find a different campground further into the park.

PROS: Easy access, Lots of sites with nice views overlooking the town, Several hiking trails starting at the edge of campground, separate campground for people with horses.

CONS: No shade, lot of the sites are uneven and hard-packed ground  (You can't get spikes in deep enough at some sites, I wouldn't trust my tent being secure in high winds), Not really "in" the park, long drive to park entrance, you don't get that isolated feeling, campsites feel a bit too close to each other.

Each site has a fire pit and a concrete picnic table. Size of campsites seem to vary greatly. Facilities are clean, with flush toilets/urinals.

After being unable to get a site at our preferred campground in Joshua Tree we grabbed two spots at Black Rock Campground. While not bad, it wasn't that normal Joshua Tree feel, the lights from the nearby town wash out some of the night sky, and the camp just felt packed, even when it was at ~60% capacity.

Very Private

Perfect get away close to the city clean, hook ups, hiking trails, beautiful views

Kids had a blast

We took my nephews here and they cried when they had to leave. It was a lot of fun for us. The boys fished alllll day long and actually had a few catches. The people who were camping here were really nice! They seemed to love their campsites and highly recommended it.

Wonderful campground

Great park staff at check in, and at the camp store. Park is beautifully landscaped with trees and lush grass. We had a great time exploring the lake and hiking, well worth visiting.

Serene visit

We camped in site #5. It’s right by the entrance but super secluded. We felt like we had a whole park to ourselves. We had a picnic table and a grill as well as full hookups. It poured rain the whole time so we didn’t get to do much but when there was a slight break we went to the 2 different playgrounds and 3 different lakes. There was frisbee golf and fishing. We had a good time despite the weather. Would definitely return. One thing: the sewer hose doesn’t screw in well. We had to put something heavy on top to make sure it didn’t come up and pour out.

Ortega Flats

Lovely campsite with all sites on 30a + water spigot. Rangers at entrance to check for pets (not allowed) and where you can buy bundles of wood for $5 if you want. Technically not allowed to bring in outside wood. Sites are pretty level, gravel and of a good size. My 24’ + truck can fit lengthwise with room behind and plenty to the side. They have the “site” and then they have like a lounge area beside it where you have your own table, fire pit and charcoal BBQ. Plenty of squirrels, bunnies, the occasional deer and coyotes at night, signs warning you are now in mountain lion territory. Rangers do the rounds to keep an eye on everything. I really liked it here, only downside is that there is a road quite close and you get some road noise which may bother some - we were both fine. Lots of trees to segment the sites, so even though the neighbors are 30’ ish away… you are quite secluded.

Solid thousand trails

Staff is very friendly and helpful. Nice pool limited to 14 people at a time and you have to book your pool time at the office in the morning between 8-10. Spots on the east side have 50 and 30 amp and most are quite large. Clean laundry area, dog bark and a clubhouse with activities for the kids. Location is close to food and activities. The only downside is the noise from the freeway, train and airport. And the WiFi is an extra charge and doesn’t work well at all.

Double site 23 & 24

This is by far the best campsite we've been to and we've been to a good amount of them. The double sites are a must when going with a group of 10 people. This specific site is very spacious with double of the parking spots (4 cars total), 2 fire pits, and 2 benches.

There are spigots throughout the area with trash and recycling bins. Bathrooms are clean, they provide toilet paper, and also has air fresheners inside. One down side was that we weren't able to find the bathrooms at night because the lights were either off or the building didn't have any but that's a minor dislike.

Hiking spots is about 30 mins away towards Big Bear. If you want a nice site seeing walk, you can ask the host for directions to the meadows. One suggestion is to book sites outside of the loop as you'll get more of a nice view of the mountains. If not, the inside is good as well you'll just be a bit close to your neighbors.