17 Unforgettable RV Camp Spots Near Joshua Tree

Visiting Joshua Tree is an unforgettable experience, but in order to have the best possible stay, the trick is finding the best RV campsite to stay at. We all know that if you stay in a comfortable spot, it makes the trip 100 times better. To help out those who are interested in this beautiful area, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to stay around Joshua Tree!

What are 17 unforgettable RV camp spots near Joshua Tree?

  1. Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree
  2. Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground
  3. Palm Springs/ Joshua Tree KOA
  4. Belle Campground in Joshua Tree Park
  5. The Sportsman’s Club
  6. Desert Springs RV Hot Springs Spa Park
  7. Hidden Valley Campground
  8. White Tank Campground
  9. Twenty Nine Palms RV Resort and Cottages
  10. Ryan Campground
  11. Motor Coach Country Club
  12. Caliente Springs Resort
  13. Silent Valley Club
  14. Catalina Spa and RV Resort
  15. Sky Valley RV Resort
  16. Shadow Hills RV Resort
  17. Happy Traveler RV Park

These campgrounds and parks offer the best experience while visiting Joshua Tree. We will go into detail about their amenities, activities, and the different prices below.

1. Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree

To start off the list, I’ve chosen the Jumbo Rocks campsite that is right in the actual Joshua Tree Park. If you are looking to stay right inside the campground, this is a great RV option for you. There are other campsites within the park, but this one seems to have the most campsites with 124, making it more accessible.

To stay in Joshua Tree, you will need to make a reservation, unlike some other campsites that are just first-come, first-served.

Amenities

This location does not offer any special amenities, or hardly any at all. It is truly rustic camping in the national park. This makes for an unforgettable real camping experience away from the world and in the heart of nature.

Before you decide to camp here, you should know that there is no cell phone reception, internet, general store, water, dump station or laundry facilities. No showers either. There are, however, toilets and places to build campfires.

If you are looking for the genuine camping experience, Jumbo Rocks is the place for you. It may not offer spectacular amenities, but it offers something more; a break from the real world and a relaxing experience in nature.

Activities in the Area

Since this area is in the park, there are a lot of nearby activities and attractions. In the park people love to rock climb, rappel, hike, explore, or just lounge in hammocks.

Price

It is $15 a night including 5 people and two cars. However, some campsites do not have enough space for more than one car. To check the specifics of what must be done to camp here, check out their website: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/jumbo-rocks-campground.htm

2. Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground

Here is an option that is right next to Joshua Tree Lake but is not run by the park itself. This enables it to have more amenities than a campsite inside the park.

This is a great location if you are looking for a fun location too. This site hosts music festivals, events, weddings, and more. Plus, these attractions all take place while being located right next to a national park with beautiful views.

Amenities

  • Dump Station
  • Power and Water
  • Bathroom and Shower Services
  • Children’s Playground
  • Fishing Permitted at the Lake

If you are looking for a campsite that offers power, water, and even WiFi, this is a campsite you will want to consider. It provides the basics for RV camping, which can create a comfortable experience for anyone visiting the Joshua Tree Park area.

Activities in the Area

Music Festivals! One of the most unforgettable experiences you could have here is attending one of the amazing music festivals put on by this RV park.

Besides camping near an amazing national park made perfect for outdoor activities, this RV campsite hosts music festivals and activities sure to provide for even more entertainment. These festivals provide more entertainment than just music too. They provide several activities for everyone, even children.

There are activities all day for the kids in the Kidsville section of the festival for younger ones. This includes dancing and crafts for the kids– not to mention that it’s free for ages 10 and under.

For adults, there is yoga, workshops, body healing, visual art shows with paintings, and more.

I know of three festivals coming up in 2019 which are the Joshua Tree Music Festival May 16-19, the Guitar Fish Music Festival from July 25-28, and the Joshua Tree Music Festival from October 10-13.

All three of these events are annual, so even if you miss out on this year’s, they are sure to come again next year.

Not only are there musical festivals, but also other events put on by the park. To check out more, visit their website: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/jumbo-rocks-campground.htm

Price

The RV rates here vary depending upon the amp and electric hookups you need. For RVs with hookups, prices start at $35 a night and go up to $40 but that only includes two people in the price. For extra adults, it is $10 while for an extra child it is $5.

For RVs, without hookups, it is $25 a night. For more price descriptions and specifics, check out their website. You can also make reservations here: http://www.joshuatreelake.com/rvs

3. Palm Springs/ Joshua Tree KOA

Photo Credit: Palms Spring/ Joshua Tree KOA

This site is located 45 minutes away from the national park, but adds a lot to your RV experience to help make your experience unforgettable. For example, they have a pool that is open year round thanks to the national hot springs– Palm Springs!

Not only is it close to Joshua Tree, it’s close to Palm Springs, 80 different golf courses, several hiking spots, and more.

Amenities

  • Pool and Hot Tub Spas
  • Park for Dogs
  • Mini Golf
  • Full Hook-ups
  • Laundry Services
  • Basketball and Pickelball Areas
  • Playground for Children
  • Fitness and Game Rooms

Activities in the Area

While you stay here, you will want to check out their awesome swimming pool, which gets its water from the nearby hot springs. This area is known to help heal and provide therapeutic relief for visitors, which makes it a real relaxing experience. You can also check out one of their three hot tub spas.

Besides visiting Joshua Tree Park for rock climbing, you can visit the Aerial tramway that takes you up to see everything, go golfing, hiking, or shopping in Palm Springs and more. This is the ideal location if you are looking to do a lot of different activities.

Price

To see specific deals and prices, there are different sites for rent on the website that are each unique. Check out the website for more details on the site of your choice: https://koa.com/campgrounds/palm-springs/site-type/rv-camping-sites/

4. Belle Campground in Joshua Tree Park

Another incredible option in the actual Joshua park is the Belle Campground. This is especially handy if you are visiting here and didn’t make a reservation beforehand. The Belle campground is smaller, with only 18 camping sites but needs no reservations. It is first come, first serve so if you make it in time, you don’t even need to worry about reserving it.

Amenities

Similar to the other parks within Joshua Tree Park, there are no little to no amenities that come with the site. It may not have all the amenities, but it offers an incredible experience being right under the stars in the heart of the national park.

Some things you should know before coming here is that there is no cell phone reception or internet, no laundry, no dump station, and no water. There are toilets and trash collection though! What more do you realy need when you’re camping?

Activities in the Area

Since this campground is located right inside Joshua Tree, be sure to go rock climbing, hiking, and of course star gazing. This is the perfect location to get a good look at the stars because you are away from any city lights.

Price

It is $15 a night for 6 people and includes room for 2 cars if the site is big enough. Similar to the other park camping site, not all of the sites have enough room for more than one vehicle.

For more information on about how to stay here, check out the website: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/belle-campground.htm

5. The Sportsman’s Club

The Sportsman’s club is a great option if you need a campsite with a few more amenities and activities but still want to be close to Joshua Tree Park. It is about 6 miles away, which makes it convenient.

There are 74 sites here and they provide activities such as weekly bingo and gem shows. I really think they offer a great experience.

Amenities

  • Club House
  • Restroom and Shower Services
  • Meeting House with Kitchen

Activities in the Area

While you stay here, be sure to also stay for their weekly Bingo games to wish some fun prizes. Besides that, it is the perfect location to do outdoor activities at the national park across the street.

In the spring and fall, there are gem shows that attract several visitors. This makes for a unique experience as you can see jewelry and gems from all around the area. There are also food options to try while you visit the gem show. For specifics on what goes on and how much it may be, check out their website: https://www.jtsportsmansclub.com/gem.html

Price

One of the reasons why this place is so great is thanks to the low price. It is $35 for an RV site.

6. Desert Springs RV Hot Springs Spa Park

If you are looking for an RV park with great amenities between Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, this is the place for you.

It can be an unforgettable experience with their hot spring pool. It’s ideal for adults looking for a getaway experience. They allow RV sizes up to 42 feet.

Amenities

Within the RV park, they have a pool that comes from the hot springs. This creates a nice, warm, relaxing swim.

  • Pool and Spa
  • Shower and Bathroom Services
  • Laundry Facility
  • Clubhouse
  • Kitchen
  • WiFi
  • Pets Allowed

Activities in the Area

While you are in Coachella, there are several dining and shopping areas. Not to mention the many casinos available for entertainment. There is also the Coachella Valley History Museum that offers some history about the area.

Of course, there is always the Joshua Tree National Park but this location makes it ideal to visit the nearby cities like Coachella for more entertainment options.

Price

Depending on what time of year it is, there are different rates.

In the summer, prices are between $45-$50 for a night. $250-$285 for a weekly visit. Prices are also different depending on what amp you need. If you visit during the spring, prices are the same for daily rates but are a little bit more expensive for a week visit: $275-$295.

To make a reservation or get more details, check out their website: http://www.desertspringsrvpark.com/desert-springs-rv-park-map.php

7. Hidden Valley Campground

Here is another great option if you would like to stay in the Joshua Tree park. It is a beautiful spot perfect right next to trails and offers an incredible outdoor experience.

Amenities

As far as amenities go, there aren’t any. There are toilets and a trash collection. So you can be sure it is a true nature experience outside. It makes for a nice, relaxing night.

Activities in the Area

While you are in the area you can visit the Hidden Valley trail and the Barker Dam trail.

Price

For only $15 a night you can have a wonderful experience camping here. It is a first come, first serve campsite to ensure that you get the spot you want, be sure to get there earlier and don’t worry about making a reservation.

There are only 44 sites which may make it harder to claim a spot. For more information about where to find the site, check out the website: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/hidden-valley-campground.htm

8. White Tank Campground

Looking for a quiet and more reserved campground right inside the National Park? The White Tank Campground is perfect for you. There are only 15 campsites so there are hardly any neighbors.

It is also a first come, first serve site so if you wish to stay here, the best bet for getting a spot would be to get there earlier and don’t try to make a reservation. Also, it is only available for RVs that are 25 feet or less.

Amenities

There is no water, no cell reception or internet connections, and no laundry. Only nature, which makes for a great natural experience.

Like all the other sites in the campground, there are toilets and a trash service. Make sure you prepare with your items beforehand!

Activities in the Area

While you are in this area you can visit the Arch Rock and walk alon the Arch Rock Nature Trail.

Price

First come, first serve at an awesome price of $15 a night for up to 6 people per campsite. For more regulation details about staying here, check out the website: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/white-tank-campground.htm

9. Twenty Nine Palms RV Resort and Cottages

Photo: 29 Palms RV Resort

This is a great RV resort if you are looking for a camping site next to Joshua Tree that provides amenities you need. This is an especially a great place for the retired. There’s a great community to get to know other snowbirds who come to visit the area.

Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • WiFi
  • Pool
  • Laundry Services
  • Golf / Tennis/ Game Room
  • Full Hook-ups with 30/50 AMP
  • Indoor Pool and Hot Tub

Activities in the Area

At the RV resort, they actually keep a calendar of different activities every week. This is perfect for those who are visiting or staying long term.

Price

Without any discounts, daily rates start at $42 a night and go up to $45. To stay weekly it is $252-270. For more information about discounts, group rates, or if you choose to stay longer, check out their website with details: http://www.twentyninepalmsresort.com/Rates.htm

10. Ryan Campground

Ryan is inside Joshua Tree Park with 31 campsites. It’s at the perfect location right next to two trails and has a good location for rock climbing.

It is right next to the California riding/ hiking trail. Not only that, but it is in the middle of the park so wherever you need to get to or want to try a different trail, this is the ideal place to stay.

Amenities

There are no amenities, no water, and no cell phone service. You should definitely come prepared with all necessary water and supplies.

Activities in the Area

Several visitors in this area love to rock climb and explore the trails. If you do plan on rock climbing, be prepared with needed materials and water, because this site does not provide water.

Price

The price is $15 a night and must be paid within the hour of picking your campsite. There are also horse sites, but only 4 of them. These also cost $15, but you do need a reservation. Check out the website to ensure you can get your horse site: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/ryan-campground.htm

11. Motorcoach Country Club

If you are looking for a luxurious RV resort to stay in near Joshua Tree, this is the place for you. It’s only 30 miles from Joshua Tree in the Palm Springs area. There are several benefits to staying here, including having a personal dock to keep your boat, personal pools/ patios on your lot and more.

Amenities

  • Restrooms and Showers
  • Pool Access
  • Fitness Center
  • Water and Sewage
  • Wi-fi
  • 30/50 AMP
  • Luxury Paved Sites

There are plenty of amazing perks to staying here, including magnificent RV sites that make staying here a remarkable experience!

Activities in the Area

Since this location is in the Palm Springs area, it makes for an exciting visit to several different locations besides Joshua Tree. It is also near the Santa Rosa and San Jancinto Mountains. With its National Monument, this is a great place to check out.

While you are here you can also check out the art museums, The Living Desert Zoo, the gardens, film festivals and more.

Price

Prices vary depending on what lot you would like to rent. There are privacy undeveloped lots starting at $114. It can cost up to $211 for a Platinum Premium spot which includes patios, cooking area, and personal pools and spas. To check out the different lots available, check out their website: https://www.motorcoachcountryclub.com/reservations

12. Caliente Springs RV Resort

Caliente Springs RV Resort is 16 miles away from Joshua tree and is a great RV community for ages 55 and up. It’s in palm springs where all the entertainment and great amenities and activities makes it an unforgettable stay.

Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts
  • Dog Park
  • Laundry
  • Game Room and Library
  • Pool and Spa (Hot mineral)

This is a great RV resort for those looking for luxury and a peaceful stay with several great amenities. It’s truly a perfect place to relax in while visiting Joshua Tree Park.

Activities in the Area

While you stay in this RV resort, there are several on-site activities like swimming in natural mineral pools, playing golf, pickleball, and that doesn’t even begin to cover the fun activities that the resort lines up each week.

Caliente Springs also has fun entertainment and bands that come to visit and entertain throughout the year.

Since it is in Palm Springs, you can also visit the several shopping centers here, attend the music and art festivals, take a trip on the Aerial Tramway, and more.

Price

There are three different price ranges to choose from: Standard and Deluxe that starts at $60 a night and up to $69 a day for the Elite RV Site. To book your stay here and get more information, check out their website: https://www.calientesprings.com/rv-reservations#rates

13. Silent Valley Club

Photo: Silent Valley Club

Only 36 miles from Joshua Tree, in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains, is this amazing RV Resort. There are beautiful trees and land to make it the ideal camping spot not too far away from the beautiful Joshua Tree.

Amenities

  • Laundry Facilities
  • Full Hookups
  • WiFi
  • Store, Restaurant, and Lounge on Site
  • Heated Pool (also a Kid Pool) and Spa
  • Shuffleboard
  • Game Room
  • Arcade Room
  • Basketball/ Pickle Ball Courts/ Miniature Golf

This place has great amenities, perfect for adults and for families. Since it’s in the mountains, it provides a real camping feeling along with amenities that bring the comforts of home.

Activities in the Area

This RV resort is aware of families and their need for entertainment, so they provide talent show activities, concerts, arts and crafts, activities during holiday seasons, and more on their activity calendar.

Since this resort is in Palm Springs, some things to look to do in the area are visiting the Living Desert Zoo, trying the different restaurants, visiting the air museum, and more.

Price

To stay here, you will want to call to make a reservation to see what the prices and availabilities are for the day you wish to stay. They may require you to purchase a Silent Valley Membership, but for any questions, give them a call at 1 800-472-5601 and check out the website for more details: http://www.silentvalleyclub.com/

14. Catalina Spa and RV Resort

About 17 miles away from Joshua Tree in Palm Springs is Catalina Spa and RV resort. This is a great resort with hot springs water, new facilities, and they offer free electricity and water for your entire trip there.

Amenities

  • Miniature Golf Course
  • Pool and Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Horseshoes
  • Pickle Ball
  • Free Electricity and Water

Activities in the Area

The RV park holds several activities throughout the year, such as a camp for kids, water volleyball tournaments, and more.

It is a perfect distance away, not only from Joshua Tree National Park, but also the Aerial Tramway, the Children’s Discovery Center, shopping, and so much more!

Price

You must call them for their prices: 760-329-4431 Also check out their website for more information: https://catalinasparvresort.com/property-map.html

15. Sky Valley RV Resort

Only 16 and a half miles away from Joshua Tree is the Sky Valley RV Resort located in Desert Hot Springs. It is another great luxury site that provides several amazing amenities that are certain to make your stay a delightful one.

Amenities

  • Full Hookups
  • WiFi
  • Pools (Hot mineral)
  • Laundry
  • Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • Cable TV available

Activities in the Area

There are several different fitness classes, social opportunities, and get-togethers held here along with special musical events and more. To find out more you can check out the event calendar on their website.

Price

Prices vary depending on what site you would prefer, starting at $45 a day for a value site to $60 a day for an elite RV site. To book your stay, check out their website: https://www.skyvalleyresort.com/rv-reservations

16. Shadow Hills RV Resort

Shadow Hills RV Resort is located 26 miles away from Joshua Tree in Palm Springs. This is a great resort with some of the best ratings from Good Sam, Trip Advisor, and from the guests that stay here.

Shadow Hills has some of the best amenities and service as well, making it a relaxing and unforgettable experience.

Amenities

  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • 30 and 50 AMP
  • Water and Sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • Paved and Grass Sites

Activities in the Area

On their website, the Shadow Hills Resort offers different activities daily like hiking trips, massages, ice cream socials, and more.

Price

There are different price rates depending on the time of year you choose to stay with them. During January-April, it starts at $75 a night, May-September between $45 to $55, and October- December starting at $70 a night. To make a reservation or find more information, check out their website: https://www.shadowhillsrvresort.com/rates/

17. Happy Traveler RV Park

Photo Courtesy Of: Happy Traveler RV Park

Although Happy Traveler RV Park is about 40 miles away from Joshua Park, it is a great RV park with solid service, amenities, and is close to all the attractions in Palm Springs as well. I chose this one because of its great rates as well for the amenities you get. You’ll truly be a happy traveler if you stay here!

Amenities

  • 30 and 50 AMP
  • Shower and Bathroom Facilities
  • Pool and Spa
  • Shuffleboard
  • Laundry Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Cable TV

Activities in the Area

While you are in the Palm Springs area, be sure to check out the Aerial Tramway, the shopping, and of course, visit the Joshua Tree Park for outdoor adventures.

You can also visit more hiking and horseback locations like the Indian Canyons and the San Jacinto Peak. There are also museums and art shows you can view here.

Price

Prices are $60 a day, which includes all of the amenities you need, like the electric, sewer, cable, WiFi and more. To make a reservation, check out their website: http://happytravelerrv.com/index.html

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