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.
off Box Canyon Rd., southern Joshua Tree National Park
160 miles from Los Angeles, 2:37
Number of Sites:
Open - Closed:
Max. People per Site:
6 (including children)
Vehicles/tents per Site:
2 vehicles, 2 tents
On leash, always attended
first come, first served
14 nights from October through May with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length:
25 - 35 feet, varies by site
Cottonwood Campground Amenities
Picnic table, fire grate
Vault toilets, tap water, amphitheater,
Showers and laundry:
No showers; laundry in Indio, 20 miles
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate