Black Rock Campground is located in one of Joshua Tree National Park’s thickest forests, on the park’s northern perimeter. The location of this dog-friendly campground makes it popular for RV campers, hikers, horseback riders and birders. One of two campgrounds in the national park, it sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet, offering a nice blend of sun and shade.
Tourists and scientists are both drawn to the uniquely shaped Joshua trees and massive rocks surrounding them. At sunrise and sunset, you can see silhouettes formed by the surrounding trees against the landscape inside the facility. Birders are in for a treat -- you can find a wide variety of bird species around this campground. While mountain lions and bobcats live at the park, they are seldom seen near humans. But it’s better to be careful, as rattlesnakes, lizards, desert tarantulas, and scorpions can be seen in the cooler months.
There are 100 individual sites without hookups. Every campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Restrooms and potable water are also available nearby. A dump station is also provided. For showers, laundry, and other amenities, you can visit the town of Yucca Valley, which is five miles away. The campsites are of different sizes and are good for both RVs and tents. A separate camping and staging area is provided for horse owners. You can bring your doggo, but pets are not allowed on trails, so let Fido have some fun in the developed areas. And remember to clean up after your furry friend – don’t forget to pack poop bags.
You will find plenty of great hiking trails here. Some of them provide breathtaking views of the low desert and high peaks around Palm Springs. There are also some nice rock climbing sites just a 30-minute drive from the campground. If you want to do some backpacking in the park, you will have to register at a backcountry registration board. All in all, this is an interesting campground, busiest during fall and spring.