One of my complaints about JTree camping is usually that the sites all fill up so quickly and it's hard to be guaranteed a spot. That's what nicer about the group camp sites! Sheep Pass campground is one of three group sites in JTree (along with Cottonwood and Indian Cove), all of which can be reserved online ahead of time. You just have to have a group with a minimum of 10 people.
This campground has 6 individual sites, and host large groups pretty comfortably. It's great for our group climbing trips, when we actually make plans far enough in advance. See here for all rock climbing info for the immediate area.
FYI, this campground gets its name because there actually can be big horn sheep spotted in JTree! Though we have yet to see any on our trips…
As with all campgrounds in JTree, remember that there is no potable water available here. For large groups, that means you need to be packing A LOT of water for drinking/cooking for the duration of your stay.
Group sites at sheep pass allow you to have up to 10 vehicles. Not too far from good climbing and relatively easy access if you're interested in checking out Keyes View at Sunset. Close to Ryan Mountain trail, which has some epic views. Bring all your own water and firewood (we've ordered massive wood dropoffs from town) as none are available in the park. Heads up that unlike much of the park, this entire campground is reservation only. Super pretty, but requires some planning. Other groups can be loud, wouldn't be a bad idea to bring ear plugs. One issue we had this spring was that all tents were supposed to be within 50 feet (I believe) to the fire ring, but during the intense winds that weekend it would not have been safe to have tents anywhere close to 50 feet from the fire ring since wind swept massive embers downwind. So we were disappointed to be cited by rangers for being too far from the fire pit. Okay- that gripe out of the way- this is a solid spot.
New Years excursion.
Reserved this site for 50 people and it did not disappoint. Be sure to pack as many people into cars as possible. Not too many parking spaces on site…
Nice space with plenty of flat areas to setup tents.
large fire pit and plenty of rocks to scramble up. No bolted routes in this spot but there are areas to climb near by.
beware of the wash running through the site. If you're anticipating rain, set up camp on the higher ground.
No showers but there are out toilets on site.
I stayed here with a small group for one night and it was very lovely. The sites are nestled among the rocks so it actually feels like you're in nature. You can really spread out and have tents all over the place. It is not super clear where one site ends and another begins - but this is not a problem. In fact I think there was a couple who stayed on "our land" but they were behind some rocks so it was totally fine. We were only able to snag this site for our first night - wish we could have stayed the whole weekend!