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 Ryan Campground are close to challenging rock climbing and excellent horseback riding trails.
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.
Ryan Campground is in the central part of Joshua Tree National Park, not far from 5,461-foot Ryan Mountain. Visitors to Ryan Campground find nearby bouldering and rock climbing. A nearby trail leads to the summit of Ryan Mountain. At night, star-gazing is magnificent. Beautiful spring wildflowers (best February - March) attract many campers.
All the 31 standard campsites at Ryan Campground are first come, first served. Only the Equestrian Camp accepts reservations. The campground can be windy at times, however some sites are shielded by boulders. There is no water at the campground.
Hike up the Ryan Mountain Trail. Hike or ride on the nearby California Riding and Hiking Trail. Enjoy the informative Cap Rock Nature Trail.
Ryan Equestrian Camp
Ryan Campground's Equestrian camp is available for those with horses for $15 per night. Four campsites each have a picnic table and fire ring. There is no water available at the campground. Call 760-367-5545, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, to make reservations for Ryan Campground's equestrian campsites.
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.