Enjoy beautiful desert camping in a Joshua Tree National Park. This campground is the perfect staging area for climbing and exploring with climbing routes within the campground.

The Ryan Campground is but one of many beautiful campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. It is located just south of the Hidden Valley use area. There are 31 sites as well as a horse camp. This campground does not have water, but does have pit toilets.

For weekend trips into Joshua Tree, it is often recommended to check this site first because it is not as popular as the other campgrounds. Keep in mind that this most campgrounds, including this one, are first come, first served.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Food and plenty of water
  • Cooking equipment
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Catch a Sunset at Ryan Ranch

If you're in Joshua Tree, this is a great spot for sunset. A short, maybe 1/2 mile hike to the old ranch from the parking lot.

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Rock Climb at Headstone Rock in Joshua Tree

To find this climb, park on the east side loop of the Ryan Campground in the park. There are several parking spots here next to a bathroom.

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Hike the Cap Rock Nature Trail

There are two Joshua Trees guarding the trail, which makes for a perfect photo op. There are some monzogranite rock formations (of which the park is famous for).

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