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Jumbo Rocks Campground
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

My husband and I just returned from a 2 day camping adventure in Joshua Tree National Park and this is FOR SURE the place to stay if you're tent camping in the park. The scenery is gorgeous and there are large rocks everyone to scramble on. Many areas are very easy to climb/walk up. This is truly a wonderful and unique place unlike any other. The sunrise and sunset views are unbelievable. HIGHLY recommend site #89 - it had everything you could want - plus it could easily fit the 3 tent max. We camped in December and the place was practically empty. FYI - no water, pit toilets. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

I just got back from my weekend camping to trip to JTNP at Jumbo Rock campground and it was one of my favorite trips! First off I went to joshua tree because it was close to where I live only around 2 1/2 hours away from orange county and because its open all year round. I have never been to JTNP before so I did research and decided on jumbo rock, the giant round boulders that cover the landscape are absolutely beautiful and can only be describe as a Hollywood back drop for the Flintstones. We arrived around 1:00pm on Friday and I was a little surprised on how full it was, I would guess around 90% occupied only to be completely filled just a few hours later. We got a decent camp spot right next to the amphitheater which didn't provide much protection from the freezing cold wind that would hit us the first night. No water at the campground, so make sure you bring lots of water, bathroom is a hole in the ground but is surprisingly very clean. This being the desert I didn't expect it to be so beautiful, I will defiantly be returning very soon!

Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
5  Thank Enfinite5
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

Tent camped here the 1st week of Nov. 2011. This year was really cold, Mid 30s at night and highs in the upper 50s in the day. We were told it was colder than normal. I only have one other trip to compare this to and in 2010 it was definately warmer on the same week, we wore shorts. Check the weather before coming. Our group was made up of 6 adults and 10 kids ranging in age from 1-7. All had a blast and enjoyed bouldering. Sand toys were a hit, there is a lot of gravel that the little ones enjoyed to sooping and dumping. We came prepared for the cold and sort of prepared for the rain, we had a leaky tent. We stayed Thursday to Sunday. On Saturday the kids enjoyed the rangers presentation on th Yucca Man, cheesy but totally worth it. Jumbo rocks is a bit more crowded & noisier than the place we stayed at last year White Tanks, but just as enjoyable. The smaller campgrounds in the park tend to be quieter, but that depends on the campers. At Jumbo Rocks there is a trail to Skull Rock, our two youngest were in back pack carriers and the rest ages 4-7 did the hike with out a problem. Bring pants for the kids, rock climbing is fun but tough on the legs. Just remember there are pit toilets that are very well maintained and no water. Each site has a table, grill, and fire pit. Bring the smores and have fun!

Room Tip: Check out the smaller camp grouds first, if not head to Jumbo Rocks
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank Mamatita
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

If you're going to Joshua Tree National Park, this is definitely the place to stay! The sites are surrounded by huge rocks that anyone (even clumsy people like me) can climb. We climbed the rocks to watch the sun set on both the nights we stayed there. It was a beautiful unique place I'll never forget.

Here are some tips:

- Go during the week to get your pick of good sites. When we arrived there on a Wednesday the campground was 75% empty. When we left Friday morning, the campground was filling up fast. You can't reserve the sites so it's first come, first serve.
- Pack lots of water. There is no drinking water in the campground and it's quite a drive to the nearest potable water source.
- The same goes for food and firewood. The nearest town to purchase groceries is a half an hour drive from the campground.
- The pit toilets were pretty gnarly, so if you're a high maintenance person... this is not the place for you.
- It gets really hot during the day and very cold at night. Pack accordingly. Try to pick a site with lots of trees and rocks to shade your tent during the day.
- There were a lot of pesky bees that were on the move once the sun came up. They didn't sting us, but they were all over our site. People with bee allergies should be careful.

Like a previous reviewer mentioned, there was a lot of trash around the campground. It was pretty sad and made me wonder if the campground turned into a drunken party zone campground during the weekend.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank hellohaven
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Reviewed 27 May 2011

I really enjoyed my two night stay here. The first night it got pretty windy but the second night was calm. The campsites are fairly small and close together but I found one (#54) with a good degree of privacy. The bathrooms were clean and well maintained.

My only complaint is the fact that there was a fair bit of trash around. I picked up about half a grocery bag full.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
6  Thank GlobalTouristHawaii
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

After living in California ALL my life, I thought it was time to backpack in Joshua Tree. INCREDIBLE!!! I'm a forest lovin girl, but the desert has an other-worldly type of feeling. Jumbo Rocks offers campsites nestled individually in the rocks. Most spots you cannot see or hear your neighbor. Each site is next to the road, but there is limited traffic and your car blocks access to your tent. The rock formations create "rooms" to setup a home away from home. We drove around to all the campgrounds and they are all very similar with HUGE goldish red rocks and camps hidden from site when you drive by. Bring your own firewood as it gets very cold at night. No water is available either. Excellent hiking and rock climbing for everyone!

Room Tip: Campsites go quickly on Friday morning. Go early.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank RN4Lilones
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Reviewed 24 December 2009

Camping in the high desert in December has its benefits - the campground was almost deserted, with perhaps ten others in the 180 or so camping spaces. None were in our loop of 20 spaces, so we felt as if we had the campground to ourselves. If you can, try to get space #60 (or maybe it was 61), flush against large boulders. The stars overhead and the solitude made for an outstanding evening of camping.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank BayouRnnr
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Additional Information about Jumbo Rocks Campground

Address: Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Region: United States > California > Joshua Tree National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Joshua Tree National Park
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the center of the park, the campground offers good rock climbing. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Jumbo Rocks Campground Hotel Joshua Tree National Park

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