Cottonwood Campground

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Natiional Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.

  • Black Rock Canyon with its Joshua Tree forest
  • Cottonwood Springs - cultural history, hiking, birding
  • Indian Cove - nature trails with Wonderland of Rocks
  • Keys View offers panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault, and the high peaks of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio
  • Skull Rock - certain to make you pull out your camera
  • Wildflower viewing February through June
  • Ranger-led Programs, including nature walks, campfire programs - Joshua Tree Calendar of Events
  • 18-mile geology motor tour
  • Guided ranger tour of historic Keys Ranch

Important Campground Regulations

  1. Food: Store food and scented items in a secure place that will prevent access by wildlife.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 7 AM to 9 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.
  3. Campfire are only allowed in existing fire rings or grades in developed campgrounds. Bring your own firewood.
  4. Towed Vehicles are counted as one of the two vehicles permitted per campsite.

Cottonwood Campground

Cottonwood Campground is at the southern end of Joshua Tree National Park. Visitors to the campground often come for the opportunity for star gazing and for the colorful spring wildflowers (best February - March). The campground is surrounded by flat, open desert with a beauty all its own.

All the standard campsites at Cottonwood Campground are first come, first served. Only the three Group Camps accept reservations.

Campground Basics
Location: off Box Canyon Rd., southern Joshua Tree National Park
Elevation: 3,000 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 160 miles from Los Angeles, 2:37
Number of Sites: 66
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles/tents per Site: 2 vehicles, 2 tents
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park information: (760) 367-5500

No Reservations: first come, first served
Camping Limit: 14 nights from October through May with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 25 - 35 feet, varies by site
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $20
Check-in, check-out: Noon, Noon

Cottonwood Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grate
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water, amphitheater,
Showers and laundry: No showers; laundry in Indio, 20 miles
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Cottonwood Visitor Center, interpretive programs, trail to Mastodon Peak, Cottonwood Springs,

Cottonwood Group Camps

Cottonwood Campground has 3 tent-only, group sites. Habitable trailers and RVs are not allowed at the campsites. There are restrooms with flush toilets, sheltered picnic areas, and drinking water. Group reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance.
Site 1: 7-15 people, 7 vehicles, $35 per night
Site 2: 7-20 people, 11 vehicles, $35 per night
Site 3: 7-25 people, 14 vehicles, $40 per night
Reservations: Cottonwood Group Camps

General Camping Information for
Joshua Tree National Park

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Water is not available at all campgrounds. Plan ahead and carry plenty of water.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

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