Joshua Tree National Park Attractions and Activities
Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park appreciate the stark beauty of the desert and the wonderful flora and fauna of the region. Campers at Cottonwood Campground are in the southern part of the park, but many of its attractions are within easy driving distance.
Stroll through Black Rock Canyon with its magnificent Joshua Tree forest.
Visit Cottonwood Springs and discover its cultural history. Find good hiking and birding there.
Indian Cove has enjoyable nature trails featuring the 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 is certain to make you pull out your camera.
Wildflower viewing is best from February through June.
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.
Tour the Cottonwood Visitor Center. Enjoy interesting interpretive programs. Hike the trail to Mastodon Peak, Visit 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,