This is one of two campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, lying between massive, steep rock formations. The dog-friendly and family-friendly campground sits at an elevation of 4,380 feet. From October to May, it is ideal for guests who like warm and dry winters, while summer is off-season due to the high desert heat.
The flat and sandy surface, surrounded by big boulders, serve as the base for the campsites. Volcanic activity created the rocks millions of years ago. Over time, wind and water shaped the boulders to create unique patterns. They light up with gentle hues in the mornings and evenings with sunlight and become subtler with campfire light at night. While mountain lions and bobcats inhabit the park, they aren’t usually seen near humans. During cooler months, you should look out for scorpions, desert tarantulas, and rattlesnakes. There are also a lot of squirrels, so don’t leave your food or water out!
There are 124 individual RV and tent campsites at Jumbo Rocks Campground. Drinking water is not available, so bring your own. You can also visit the town of Twentynine Palms, 12 miles out, for basic amenities. Six people and 2 vehicles are allowed on each site. Some sites are smaller and cannot house this upper limit. The sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis and come with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets. Note that there are no hookups for RV's. Make sure to bring poop bags for Fido and pick up after them.
The warm temperature and geological formations make this campground very popular among rock scramblers. You will also find numerous hiking trails, including a short interpretive nature trail. You can also enjoy OHV, horseback riding, biking, and wildlife watching. There is no shortage of rocks and canyons all waiting to be explored. The campground is also perfect for star-gazing thanks to the clear desert skies. From the ground to the sky, Jumbo Rocks Campground doesn’t fail to impress.