This is quite the drive down a bumpy road on the far side of Big Bear Lake but worth it if you want to get away from people. We came for a long weekend(Sat, Sun, Mon) and come Sun afternoon it cleared out completely with the exception of a group of older men who got drunk and spent the day trying to get a drone out of a tall tree(unsuccessfully). There's some hiking around but even my apps had a hard time finding a true trail. In the end we just wandered. We went into"town" and went to the local thrift store and each picked up a book to bring back to the site and read since there was little else to do but lay in the hammock and relax. Nice and quite(with the exception of the drunk men)
I love this campground because it is so close to San G mountain trail! We stayed here before and after hiking that enormous mountain and love the area. There is a great trail off the backside of the campground as well. It can be a bit loud and the trees are tall and skinny so there's not a ton of privacy, but it's woodsy and beautiful. Site 14 has a HUGE Christmas tree and I think it's a group site.
These sites are beautiful - especial #9! It pokes out over the mountains and has the most unbelievable view! The hiking is great around here and there are lots of trails to explore. Hike up to the watch tower and check out all the hummingbirds!
This is yellow post camping so it's hit or miss if you can get one. Do your homework and learn what you need to know ahead of time - esp regarding fires.
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.
We stayed there this last weekend. The camp host was very accommodating when we wanted to stay another night and all that was left were walk up sites already taken. She looked around for an hour to find out if anyone was leaving unexpectedly. We were there in August and the weather was perfect. Warm during the day and just chilly at night.
There are a lot of sites available here, all close together with little privacy unless you drive pretty far down the dirt road. Flies and mosquitoes are crazy during the summer. These campsites are all closed during the winter due to snow and early into spring. No view and hiking is decent, probably won’t go back, cooler places yet to explore. Picture attached is of a trail behind our camp spot.
Recommend four wheel drive to get to Tool Box Springs, the fire road is long but once you’re there it’s worth it. There is a restroom with trash cans outside, you can use these trash bins for carrying out trash if camping further down the road. Spring time and fall are the best here, less flies and insects. In the summer flies swarm, tons of beetles at night, think our dog brought home fleas from our site. Fire rings at some sites, as well as benches. This is a prescribed burn area, in early spring into summer months you will see a lot of charred areas and fallen trees.
Beautiful view beautiful country nice clean drinking water
Cottonwood is for the true RV’ers. Lakeside is more for tent camping. Nice park for family camping.
Me and the ol lady spent the night there this week in late July. Saw a beautiful thunder storm roll threw a few miles from us. Amazing sunset, we climbed up the rocks to get a good view and it was breathtaking. Not very crowded and close to bakers dam hike. Good hike, cool petroglyphs and a really mellow walk. Saw a bunch of critters and an owl flew right by our campfire.
Overall a great campground. They have several reservable sites and several first come first serve sites. The campground is very well maintained. There are areas with several trees and areas with few trees. Some sites with privacy and others that are right on top of each other. This is typically where we go for our first camping trip of the summer. Depending on the weekend it can fill up so we always make reservations. The lake is a short drive away and there are plenty of off-road trails to explore in the area. The campground also has a trailhead in it that allows you to hike to the lake or up the mountain a few miles.
Overall we were very impressed with this campground. It is a very large campground, however there are a couple different loops so it is spread over a large area. Our site was a single so it only fit one car. There is extra parking available for additional cars that we could have used, but if we had a trailer we wouldn’t have fit. So make sure you get a site that fits your needs! There are a lot of great sites surrounded by trees in the middle of the campground where we stayed. The upper sites don’t seem to have as much shade as they are at the top of the hill. The campground has flush toilets, showers and paved roads. So it’s great for first time campers or glampers. The staff was very friendly and the entire area is well Maintained. There are even a couple small hiking trails within the campground for some fun exploration.
Overall our experience was good. We did our homework on the different sites and were able to get one fairly private. In general the sites do not have much privacy. Some are pretty open with little shade as well. We didn’t have a big problem with noise like some reviews we read complained about. There were some families with kids that were having fun, but that’s to be expected. The camp host/ranger was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely keep this as an option for future local camping trips.
Pretty nice but quite tight resort with many permanent or semi-permanent residents. The RV Park is co located with a marina on the lake offering boat rentals and cruises on their Pirate Ship. Bathrooms are clean but they do charge for showers at 25cents per three minutes. They collect garbage daily curbside! The cable TV does not work and we were informed (after checking in) that it will not be fixed, and there is no RF tv in the mountain basin. Bring your satellite dish if you have one. It was difficult to use the dump hookups as they’re elevated about a foot off the ground so I had to lift the hose off my support snake many times. The sites are very small and close and I don’t know how some of the larger coaches got into their spaces.
As one of the few reservable campgrounds in Joshua Tree, Indian Cove is a great option for camping. Unlike some of the more popular campgrounds in Joshua Tree it is located outside the main park so it’s a bit of a drive to the main attractions. But if you want to make sure you have a place to camp it is a beautiful campground with plenty of rocks to climb or camp within. I stayed here for a night, got up early and moved to Jumbo Rocks inside the park.