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Beautiful campground with some caveats...

Beautiful, peaceful, quiet in nature- right in the middle of Joshua Tree National Forest. Good privacy between sites. It’s important to find sites with large rocks for shade, like sites 2-5, 90, 91 and others. The sites on the loops that are farthest from the entrance give the feeling of being out in nature, but seem to have less jumbo rocks for shade. We stayed on site 2 in mid September 2020 and the shade was pretty good. Lots of empty sites and people coming without reservations were able to get sites. The cons were: no campground host or rangers(and some people who weren’t staying at the campground came and acted really weird outside our van in middle of night), no phone service(so if there was an emergency beyond strangers acting weird we would have no way to get help), and lots of“thirsty bees” all over the campground, which is great for nature but a bit disconcerting for visitors. The signs say that they are looking for water and to avoid swatting at them. The best times to enjoy JT are morning, late afternoon, evening and night bc it’s super hot across the day(generally I’m Joshua Tree NP). The scenery is incredibly beautiful, the sunsets amazing and the stars are out of this world. One night is probably enough to experience it without having to handle the hot mid-day or battle the bees.

Desert Luxury Camping

Stayed here for first time for a weekend. We prefer more rustic camping generally but came with friends and were pleasantly surprised. The camp sites are more spacious than I expected and have mature landscaping between sites. The grounds are immaculate!!!

The staff is very nice and three of our party enjoyed the 9-hole golf course which is in excellent condition.

Good free spot near Joshua Tree - don't get bogged!

We had a lovely stay for two nights, the wind was quite strong so make sure you have good pegs and sandbags. Plenty of spots to choose from without driving too far from the road. It wasn't too busy on the MLK long weekend with enough space and privacy between campers. Wide open spaces with some fire places made from rocks. A few spots had some shade trees but not many.

We had a few different campers within 50 yards and saw 3 of them get bogged in 3 different spots - two were proper 4WD's and one took two tow trucks to get it out so beware and scope out your drive off the main trail first.

Active 55+ park

This park looks nice, we were unable to say due to age restrictions. Park is a 55+ park. Park looks nice and has golf. They have a sister park down the road called Sky Valley and I would recommend that park if under age 55. Staff are very friendly. They also have a farmers market weekly. Lots of exploring within an hours drive if you are into sight seeing like Palm Springs, architecture, arts, nature, history and man made disasters like the Salton sea. If you are looking for a place in the area and over 55 check it out.

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.

Free BLM camping at the south entrance along I10.

This is one of the only options along the I10 southern entrance to Joshua Tree NP. Not sure why this app list it as $25. This is a place to park off the road near the south entrance. I would be cautious leaving valuables unattended if breaking away from camp to explore, can be lots of riff raff, our stay was nice and is a great free overnight option.

Welcome to Sky Valley

Great resort style camping. This park is 25min from anything but that’s one reason I like it. Lots of exploring within a hours drive to great sights like Joshua Tree NP, Palm Springs, Salton sea, Idlewild, Borrego Springs, etc. The pools are very nice but can get overran by kids or people who don’t clean up after themselves, but that can be the case anywhere. Every Wednesday is a farmers market set up by entrance of resort. I was driving Dillon Road and would pass the Welcome to Sky Valley sign and took me a min. then realized that it is the album cover to Kyuss 1994 album “Welcome to Sky Valley” I thought that was very cool to stumble upon. Dillon road is a rollercoaster of a road up against the foot hills of Joshua Tree overlooking the valley and is a scenic byway. Along the San Andreas fault line check out Coachella Valley Preserve on 1000 Palms road, a natural Palm Springs oasis in the desert.

Great place

We had a great family weekend at this place. So beautiful staff was very friendly

More desert camping

FREE dispersed camping sites behind the general Patton museum. One of the most peaceful places in the desert that I have camped. Good for a few nights, especially after driving through traffic in San Bernadino….😳

Great winter destination.

Very spacious resort in the center of a gorgeous 9 hole golf course/driving range. Check-in packet was prepared & ready along w/an escort to our space, which has level concrete parking and picnic pad with table. 50/30/110, water, sewer, wifi and cable included. Catch and release fishing pond, pool, hot mineral spas, tennis, lawn bowling, big and little dog parks. The stargazing is amazing! Very clean and well maintained. Quiet respectful guests. Great area to bike. You can drive to the sculptures, Salton Sea, downtown Borrego and Julian.. you Will be driving through curvy mountain ranges to get to this destination. Stayed 1/4-8/2021