Indian Cove 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 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.

Indian Cove Campground

Indian Cove Campground is on the north side of Joshua Tree National Park. Campsites are nestled among towering rocks, sculpted over the centuries by wind and rain. With many excellent rock climbing routes nearby, the campground is popular with climbers as well as those who appreciate a beauty of the rock formations. There is no drinking water at the campground. Water is available 2 miles away at the ranger station.

Twenty-eight of the sites are available for tents, RVs, or trailers, while 63 are tent-only sites. Some campsites are small and may not accommodate the maximum number of people and vehicles. Check the specific details when you are registering for a particular site. Indian Cove includes 13 Group Camps.

Campground Basics
Location: north end of Joshua Tree National Park, off Highway 62
Elevation: 3,200 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: Twentynine Palms - 3 miles, 10 minutes
Riverside - 95 miles, 1:44
Number of Sites: 101
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 recommended: fall through spring;
first come, first served June 1 - September 29
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
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
Reservations: Indian Cove Campground
Check-in, check-out: Noon, Noon

Indian Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grate
Campground: Vault toilets, no drinking water, amphitheater
Showers and laundry: Twentynine Palms, 10 miles
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Boy Scout Trail, rock climbing, Oasis Visitor Center, 49 Palms Oasis, interpretive programs

Indian Cove Group Camps

Indian Cove Campground has 13 tent-only, group sites. The maximum number of people allowed at each site ranges from 15 to 60. The minimum number for all sites is 7. The number of vehicles allowed per site ranges from 10 to 18, and fees range from $25 to $40 per night. Each campsite has picnic tables and fire pits.
Reservations: Indian Cove 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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