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The Best Camping in Mecca

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Top camping spots in and near Mecca

  • Mecca, California

    Camp at the Salton Sea

    4.0
    The Salton Sea State Recreation Area is a good place to camp. It has bathrooms with running water and showers. There are 3 options for camping RV camping with hookups is $30 per night. Tent camping at New Camp (on the map to the right) or Mecca Beach is $20 per night. One can also camp at a more ...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Explore Cottonwood Spring

    Just east of the Cottonwood Visitor Center. This scenic spot provides access to cottonwood spring. The spring is a short walk down from the parking lot, and was formed from earthquakes! It was a popular spot for natives and settlers to gather water back in the day. As you approach the springs you...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Cottonwood Spring Nature Trail

    1.66 mi / 223 ft gain
    Cottonwood Spring Nature Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mecca, California.
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Camp at Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree NP

    The Cottonwood Campground is roughly 40 minutes south of the main attractions in Joshua Tree on Pinyon Canyon Rd and is located right next to the visitor center The biggest advantage of this site is that it is less popular than many of the other sites in Joshua Tree. It also has potable water and...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Hike the Mastadon Peak Loop

    2.3 mi / 331 ft gain
    The trail is typically used for hiking, nature trips, and trail running. There are lots of opportunities to see desert plants and flowers. On clear days, you can see the Salton Sea. There is an old mine to explore from the outside, as the entrance has been sealed.  If you plan on going to the top...
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  • Borrego Springs, California

    Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail

    23.94 mi / 7178 ft gain
    Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Borrego Springs, California.
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  • Borrego Springs, California

    Coyote Peak from Rockhouse Truck Trail

    5.34 mi / 2628 ft gain
    Coyote Peak from Rockhouse Truck Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Borrego Springs, California.
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Cactus Spring Trail

    31.73 mi / 6407 ft gain
    Cactus Spring Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Mountain Center, California.
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Horsethief Creek

    5.08 mi / 1119 ft gain
    Horsethief Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Mountain Center, California.
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  • Riverside County, California

    Photograph the Cholla Cactus Gardens at Sunrise or Sunset

    4.3
    0.25 mi / 0 ft gain
    The Cholla Cactus Garden is something everyone can appreciate and enjoy. The trail is in total about a 0.25 loop, but you are certainly free to wander around more. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes to an hour enjoying the scenery. If you are a photographer, you will be enthralled by the light...
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  • Riverside County, California

    Backcountry Camp in Joshua Tree

    5.0
    2 mi
    Backcountry camping can be done at various locations throughout the park (13 different locations). Upon arrival to the park, you will be given a map and can backcountry camp from any of the locations marked with a "B".At these locations you will find a backcountry registration board. It's extrem...
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Quail Mountain via Juniper Flats

    41.74 mi / 2825 ft gain
    Quail Mountain via Juniper Flats is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Keys View Road to Pinto Basin Road

    10.82 mi / 322 ft gain
    Keys View Road to Pinto Basin Road is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Borrego Springs, California

    Camping in Anza-Borrego State Park

    5.0
    With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the contiguous United States. 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert. The park i...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Ryan Ranch

    0.75 mi / 56 ft gain
    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. We stayed at Ryan Campground and just walked in from there, about the same distance. Make sure to bring your camera, especially if there are spotty clouds in the sky a...
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  • Riverside County, California

    Night Shoot at Arch Rock

    4.7
    If you're setting up camp, be sure to check out White Tank Campground, which is home to one of the most epic rock formations. The Arch is located here. It's only about 1/2 round trip of walking to this spot. Geology Tour Road offers some flat wide open views of Joshua Trees in all directions. If ...
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