If you're looking for a genuine camping experience where you can unplug from your hectic life and leave the modern amenities behind, then the Sheep Pass Group Site is for you. This primitive campground is part of Joshua Tree National Park situated in the southern California portion of the Mojave Desert. The park draws snowbirds for its temperate winters and majestic (yet mysterious) Joshua trees.
Even though it is a no-frills campground, the site provides campers with nearly all the essentials like parking, fire pits, grills, picnic tables, and trash collection. One thing you will not find is drinking water, so come prepared with plenty -- the closest source of drinking water is 13 miles away. You will also need to bring firewood; using any wood from the park (live or dead) is strictly prohibited. The group site can be reserved for $35 to $50 per night, and even welcomes canines, though they are not allowed on the trails. Just make sure you keep Fido leashed and supervised at all times.
Sheep Pass Group Camp is centrally located within the park, making it convenient to many of the park's most notable features. There are lots of scenic hiking trails and rock climbing opportunities for those who aren't faint of heart. One of the most magical things about the park is the starlit night sky, unpolluted by city lights and sounds. You don't even have to leave camp to enjoy this stunning sight -- just look up!
This may be a desert, but it is nowhere near deserted; the park has a large animal population including lizards, coyotes, mountain lions, snakes, tarantulas, and scorpions. The bigger creatures like mountain lions typically avoid human interaction, but you may want to check your tent for that creepy crawlies before you climb in!
This campground is beautiful yet unforgiving, so we suggest it only for seasoned adventurers who are experienced in wilderness camping. If your group is up for the challenge, then reserve your stay today!