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Camp at Joshua Tree's Jumbo Rocks

Riverside County, California

based on 9 reviews


Added by Juan Moreno

Minimal light pollution. Great night photography. First-come, first-served campsites.

Set your tent up next to a wall of tall boulders. This campground can offer a little shade, which is key especially during the warmer months. At the campground, there are 124 first-come, first-serve sites for $10 per night. Each campsite comes available with a picnic table and fire ring. The campground has pit toilets available.

Be sure to stay hydrated, not only because of the warm weather, but also the elevation of the campsite, which sits at 4,400 feet.

During the day, you should check out Cholla Cactus Gardens or head out for a night shoot at Arch Rock or the Wall Street Mill.

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Camp at Joshua Tree's Jumbo Rocks Reviews

We camped here in January so the nighttime temps were pretty low. It was also very windy so the windchill made it feel much colder. This is a dry camp so you’ll need to bring all your water you’ll need for cooking, drinking, cleaning, and proper fire dousing. Water can be found at the park entrances. Campfires in jumbo are amazing because the light bounces off the rocks. Sunsets are amazing too. Scramble up some of the rock outcroppings and be ready to be wowed. Rodents can be an issue here. So either leave food in your car at night or bring a fancy beer proof cooler (there are no bears but those coolers seal up tight). Also keep you tent doors closed when not actively going in and out, a kangoroo rat got into one of our tents.

I love Jumbo Rocks campground! We were able to pitch our tent in front of yes, a jumbo rock, to block the wind during our winter visit. The campground was quiet, and there are so many cool formations and trails to explore from the campground. Note that there isn't firewood or water here, so be prepared to bring your own.

Campsites 1 and 2 are by far the best! It’s spacious and some fun rock formations to scramble on.

I really love Jumbo Rocks. Its near skull rock and there’s a trail inside the camp ground to skull rock. Awesome sunrises and sunsets.

I think Hidden Valley has better rock formations right by the campsites but Jumbo Rock is still a fantastic place to camp in Joshua Tree. I think there are more spots here with a general desert/dry bush surrounding. Jumbo is a great place to explore, especially the boundaries of the camping area, there are some awesome boulders right near by. All the sites I've been to have been well maintained and noise disturbances were'nt an issue. I'll usually check Hidden Valley and then Jumbo. You can't really go wrong with either place if you can get a spot with nearby rock formations. Both will include the incredible view of the stars, make sure you stay awake long enough to appreciating the night sky.

JTree is great since it doesn't take that long to get there (SoCal) and once you are there, it's a whole other world. Cold at night but the stars are great.

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