Sheep Pass Group 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.

Sheep Pass Group Campground

Sheep Pass Group Campground is near the center of Joshua Tree National Park. It is the only campground in the park dedicated entirely to groups. All sites are tent-only. Sites 1 and 2 can accommodate up to 50 people each, site 3 holds 20, and the other sites have a maximum of 30. A minimum of 7 people is required for any group camp. As in many of the campgrounds in Joshua Tree National park, there is no water. Towering rock formations and the iconic Joshua Trees are found throughout the area.

Nearby is one of the outstanding hikes within the park, the 1.4-mile climb to the summit of 5,461-foot Ryan Mountain. Spectacular views reward those who reach the top. A connector trail leads from the campground to the Ryan Mountain trail. Also nearby is the California Riding and Hiking Trail.

Campground Basics
Location: Central part of Joshua Tree National Park, off Park Boulevard
Elevation: 4,500 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: Joshua Tree - 19 miles, 40 minutes
Riverside - 96 miles, 2;00
Number of Sites: 6
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 50, 50, 20, 30, 30, 30
Max. Vehicles per Site: 15, 15, 5, 8, 8, 8
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park information: (760) 367-5500

Reservations available: up to 1 year in advance
Camping Limit: 14 nights from October through May with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: None designated
Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25 - $50
Reservations: Sheep Pass Group Camp Reservations
Check-in, check-out: Noon, Noon

Sheep Pass Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire grate; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no drinking water
Showers and laundry: Twentynine Palms, 32 miles
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Ryan Mountain Trail, California Riding and Hiking Trail, Cap Rock Nature Trail

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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