This was one of our favorite campgrounds! Sites in loop A are ocean facing within earshot of the crashing waves. Those are also the sunniest sites if you need to dry things out and/or are relying on solar. Nice paved spots, very clean, flush toilets, and HOT SHOWERS. You really can’t go wrong. There’s lots to explore along the beach across the street from the campground and then Samuel H Boardman state park just down the road has great hikes too (natural bridges was our favorite).
Great place for desert boondocking! Very quiet and amazing stars! Joshua Trees all around. Coyotes howling at night. Watch out for cacti which are enormous! A huge fire left a large area of this part of the preserve damaged but there are still some spots where the Joshua Trees are un damaged. It’s a dirt road with some large-ish rocks to get to the dispersed spots. We made it just fine in our pick-up towing a teardrop. 2WD cars shouldn’t have a problem expect. High clearance definitely makes your life easier for sure. Most sites have a rock fire pit and not much else. We opted for a spot against some jumbo rocks for wind protection. It’s a decently trafficked area but wasn’t at all crowded or trashed. We’d 100% stay here again.
We absolutely loved camping here. There are mostly walk in sites and 2 drive in sites. We got here in off-season and had the whole campground to ourselves. So peaceful listening to the river all night. Not much car traffic either. There is a really clean privy at the site and a water spiket at the bottom of the road after the bridge. We’re towing a 10-ft trailer and barely made the turn for the suspension bridge. It’s almost a 90 degree turn on a narrow bridge. Just an FYI for people towing. Vans and trucks with slide ins will have a much easier time getting through. It’s kind of nice though because it keeps class A RVs out and keeps it fairly quite and off the grid. There are trash and recycling cans and a bear box at the sites as well. We’d stayed here while visiting Yosemite which we actually preferred to the campground in Yosemite because it’s much warmer here than in Yosemite Valley (at least in the winter). It’s not a bad drive at all!
I was hesitant about this site because it’s right off the road, but we actually really liked it! It’s literally a big open desert flat and you park wherever so there’s plenty of room for privacy. As far as facilities, there are 2 privies and that’s it, so you’ll be dry camping. Some sites are more trashed so watch for broken glass but overall it’s pretty clean. There are plenty of man made fire pits. Star gazing was on point! Sunrises and sunsets were also pretty dope. It’s a OHV staging area so there’s lots of people dirt biking in the morning but we were up by the time there started zooming around. We’d def stay here again for a night of rest after a day of driving.