Fall camping is a favorite for many RVers. With the changing of the season brings autumn colors, less bugs, campsites less crowded and the sunrises are spectacular. Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to visit in late summer, fall or winter. While the summer temperatures are over 100’F and the winter season can drop below freezing: the best months for Joshua Tree is early spring (March, April) and late fall (October, November).
Joshua Tree National Park
Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself.
Joshua Tree National Park Camping
Camping is one of the best ways to experience Joshua Tree National Park. Most of the campgrounds sit between the bolder formations. Between the rock formations, the twisted trees, singing coyotes and so many stars overhead, illuminated by the campfires and sunsets, it’s no wonder many people love Joshua Tree camping.
During peak camping season (January, February, March, April, May, October, November, Christmas/New Years) campgrounds fill up fast on the weekends. If you want a first-come, first-served campsite on a weekend during peak season, your best bet is to arrive on Thursday or early Friday morning to claim your site. By Friday afternoon most of the best campsites have been taken.
It’s much easier to find a great campsite mid-week. This does not include popular weeks like Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, the week before Easter and the week after Easter.
Most Campgrounds have no water, so you will need to be sure the your water tanks in your RV are full before you enter the park. You can also purchase water in stores outside the park. It doesn’t matter if you have an RV, Joshua Tree also does tent camping. However, we think, the RV lifestyle is much more cozy in an RV.
Reservations Required – September – May
- Black Rock Campground
- Cottonwood Campground
- Indian Cove Campground
- Jumbo Rocks Campground
First Come – September – May
- Belle Campground
- Hidden Valley Campground
- Ryan Campground
- White Tank Campground