Hidden Valley Campground

Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park enjoy a varied desert landscape with sculptured rocks and the famous Joshua Trees. Many campers choose Hidden Valley Campground because of its proximity to rock climbing routes, but all the attractions of the park are nearby.

  • 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.
  • Ranger-led Programs include nature walks and campfire programs. See the- Joshua Tree Calendar of Events.
  • Enjoy the 18-mile geology motor tour.
  • Take a guided ranger tour of historic Keys Ranch.

Important Campground Regulations

  1. Generators may only be operated from 7 AM to 9 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.
  2. Secure food and scented items in a secure place that will prevent access by wildlife.
  3. Campfires are only permitted 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.

Hidden Valley Campground

Hidden Valley Campground is situated in the north-central part of Joshua Tree National Park. The campground is most popular with rock climbers. The 44 sites fill quickly.

Nearby are numerous climbing destinations such as Cyclops, Intersection Rock, Turtle Rock and Lost Horse Wall. A 1-mile loop trail near the Hidden Valley picnic area takes hikers into a rock-enclosed valley rumored to have been used by cattle rustlers.

Hidden Valley Campground Basics
Hidden Valley Campground Location: north-central part of Joshua Tree National Park, off Park Boulevard
Elevation: 4,200 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: Joshua Tree - 13 miles, 20 minutes
Riverside - 90 miles, 1:45
Number of Sites: 44
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

Reservations
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 feet
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $15
Campground Map: Hidden Valley Campground Map
Check-in, check-out: any time, Noon

Hidden Valley Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grate; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no drinking water
Showers and laundry: Twentynine Palms, 28 miles
Dump station: No
Attractions near Hidden Valley Campground: Stop by the Barker Dam. Explore the Wonderland of Rocks Loop Trail. Hike to the summit of Ryan Mountain. Take in the vista at Cap Rock. Drive up to the Keys Ranch for a guided tour. Follow the Geology Tour Road.

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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