Not sure if this is the same place the rangers in Joshua Tree told us about, but if you drive North on Sunfair off of Route 62 and take a right on Sunflower, you can drive on to BLM land and find anywhere to camp on a dry lake bed. It was pretty open and incredible in late November.
Important note: It’s not actually inside the National Park, so great news - you don’t pay National Park entry fees (usually $30)
Beautiful area. We camped at site 68, right by the entrance. Lots of space in this site, my 7 year old son and I played baseball, football and loved the campfire. Rangers here are friendly and super helpful, very welcoming. They have a “Junior Ranger Program” for kids, they give a little booklet for. We saw a lot of jackrabbits. Heard the coyotes but didn’t see them. Loved it.
- location; easy to get to from LA County
- lots of campsites
- showers (bring quarters and the cost is $1.00 for @5 minutes
- playground and splash pad kept the youngins entertained
- no lighting in restrooms; it was somewhat difficult taking my two toddlers to the restroom to potty in the evening before we turned in
- restrooms got really nasty in the evenings; it would be nice if the restrooms were cleaned multiple times a day
- non-enforcement of quiet hours; there were a few groups that were having too much fun well past midnight and no ranger/staff around to ensure quiet hours were adhered to
- ants galore; ants, ants and more ants and they got into everything
- no fishing allowed due to toxic algae
- horrible cow dung smell permeated the air
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.
This camp site is located walking distance to the lake. There are bike paths and walking trails located near the camp ground. The bathrooms are very well kept, everything is clean and the showers have warm water. Each camp site has more than enough room to set up tents and chairs and not feel cramped. My only ding about this campground would be the fire pits, which are 8 inches off the ground and the cooling grate is welding off to the side making inefficient to utilize for cooking. If you go during summer time there is a kayak rental shop walking distance from the camp grounds.
2 Yellow post sites. High clearance/4WD vehicles highly recommended. Take a rocky bouldery creek wash up into the hills. Primitive camping with a single fire pit, no table, no hookups water or bathrooms. Awesome place to get “lost”in.
Heart Bar Campground is one of my favorites. The first thing to mention is the location. The back of the campground faces west where the rolling mountains seem to part in a way that showcases the beautiful California sunset. The campground is away from the town enough to feel secluded and quiet. If you plan to camp in the Big Bear area, I strongly suggest giving Heart Bar a try. The beauty of the surrounding environment is worth it alone.
Nice relaxing weekend get away, most of the full hook up spots are next to nice grass areas. I think the bath room and showers could of been placed in better locations for a shorter walk for each campground. The park is well maintained, multiple trails for biking, running or just taking a nice walk. The park is also pet friendly for a small additional fee. The lake is stocked with fish throughout the year, but they require you to buy a riverside county lakes fishing permit for each day if you want to fish. Boat rentals are available blot bring your own boat. Overall not to bad for a close , clean , and easy weekend trip
Black Rock is a wonderful national parks campground in Joshua National Park. It's the easiest park to get to so it can get crowded on the weekend. The camp spots have about 15 years between each one. There's a bench but no hook ups. There're water spigets throughout the campground and an RV dumpsite ($5). The store is open from 8am to 4pm.
Hiking: There are a few hikes that leave from the campground. Take the West Loop Trail to explore the area and hike up to the High View Peak to see the surrounding area. 2-3 hours.
Cell Service: Roaming (3bars)
This campground is always clean, it is well maintained, the camposter very helpful, you can buy firewood, and there is a 7-Eleven just at the bottom of the street that sells firewood ice and pretty much anything else you would need. I love hearing the coyotes in the camp at night they really come right into the campgrounds and they're very loud. Some sites don't have very good areas to put a tent they're very uneven small and sometimes Rocky but there are quite a few sites that are good but I'd say overall void 20,21,22
Don’t believe the rangers if they say it’s full or if the full sign is up - it’s often not accurate or updated daily.
This campground was my favorite in JT - the sites are well spaced offering privacy and quite.
Regular NPS campground, pit toilets abound, table and fire ring per site. The usual.
Location is great and close by to al the main attraction!
Indian Cove has served as the annual outing for the Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course to teach its students land navigation. I took this course in 2016 and recommend it to anyone interested in learning how to backpack the back country or just want to feel more confident in the wilderness. The campground ihas a number of sites to choose from, although they aren't always clearly defined. There's also a few table picnic tables to use. There's no electricity and cell service was limited as I recall. There are also a number of good trails nearby.
This campground is AWESOME, if you like dispersed campsites then this is perfect! It is easily accessible but doesnt get too crowded
Motorcoach County Club
Located in the famous Palm Springs resort area and just east of La Quinta and Indian Wells lives another resort community known for its breathtaking beauty. Motorcoach Country Club offers majestic views in every direction from your choice of three unique styles of lots. Motorcoach Country Club accommodates Class A Motorhomes (30' and larger) and features all of the luxuries you would expect to find at a 5-star resort.
Feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere but so close to home! Perfect for a quick night trip. My friend and I decided at 8 pm that we wanted to go camping. It’s a first come first serve but there was only one other camper there. The fee is $20 self pay per night. Clean sites, with bathrooms, dumpsters and water.
This is a good spot to spend the night. It’s close to Ice House Canyon trail.
This campground is right by the town. You can walk there within minutes. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. A little louder than what I would want. It’s still a nice spot. A couple guys and I went up there to get away and we enjoyed our time. Good hiking spots within a few minutes of driving. Not much to do around the campsite other than go into town.
The camp sites are good. You are within a mile from the lake and little town there. Good lake for fishing. Trails near the sites. There are some great views as you hike up the mountain.
This is a nice quiet spot that lets you enjoy an outdoor experience. All sites have fire pits. Dumpsters are available as well. A few nice trails near. I don’t think they take reservations so it might be a first come first serve. We stayed overnight and didn’t pay for it.