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Old 10-19-2009, 10:41 AM   #1
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We're headed to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park later this week for some fun in the sun. This will be our first trip to Joshua Tree. Any suggestions as to campgrounds (Jumbo Rocks??), specific campsites, etc? We're dry campers (with a nice solar panel on the roof!) and so don't expect hookuups, etc., just a nice, scenic spot for a few days with out 22' CCD. Thanks in advance!
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We're headed to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park later this week for some fun in the sun. This will be our first trip to Joshua Tree. Any suggestions as to campgrounds (Jumbo Rocks??), specific campsites, etc? We're dry campers (with a nice solar panel on the roof!) and so don't expect hookuups, etc., just a nice, scenic spot for a few days with out 22' CCD. Thanks in advance!
Jumbo Rock is a nice campground. Their lower loops have a few spots that are long enough for a truck and trailer combo. Many of the spots at Joshua tree are very short, just enough to park a small RV or large van or truck, but not combinations. Many sites also are not very level. The other loops also have nice RV sites, but Jumbo Rock is by far the most scenic of them all. Just get there early, and drive a round a bit, you won't have any problems finding a nice site.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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Thanks! I think we'll check out Jumbo Rock and try to find a spot there first. I noticed a typo in my thread... says we are going with "out" 22' CCD... should say going with "our" 22' CCD... of course we wouldn't go with out the AS! It would never forgive us!
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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This link describes all the Joshua Tree campground restrictions. You should be fine with a 22' CCD.
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Take a look at the Bell campground. West side of loop. Great views and fairly private.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:45 AM   #6
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Thanks to everyone for the input. I think we'll check out Jumbo Rocks and Belle. Sounds like we should be able to find something very nice. I'll take pictures!
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:09 PM   #7
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this is great: we love Joshua Tree and my partner suggested going there this January. We had stayed at the 29 Palms Inn in the past (good for martinis and steak) but want to take the trailer. Maybe this could be a mini-rally?

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We went in the spring once. The park was completely full. We stayed in the BLM land on the south end. We liked it. I would have rather been in the park but it worked out OK.
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I am planning a trip sometime between Jan 3rd and Jan 15th.... comming from the 4CU New Year's eve rally at Mt Picacho AZ....and also want to go to Palm Springs...Hidden Valley and Ryan Mountain....Does anyone have any neat suggestions....I want to be back in Scottsdale on or about the 20th of Jan to go to barrett-jackson and then a trip to the Grand Canyon is in order....
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headed into the park

tomorrow , monday...., we will take up camp somewhere in joshua tree..most likely go to belle first...we hope to find nice solistic spots and stay about a week have been driving in the areas and checkinging...the ranger says the park will be mostly deserted during the week...hope so

on my list of national parks...joshua will be number 2...big bend was first...and so far i prefer joshua to big bend...but the resturant at the gage holet in marathon is unbeatable
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full hookups at the joshua tree lake campgrounds.
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tomorrow , monday...., we will take up camp somewhere in joshua tree..most likely go to belle first...we hope to find nice solistic spots and stay about a week have been driving in the areas and checkinging...the ranger says the park will be mostly deserted during the week...hope so

on my list of national parks...joshua will be number 2...big bend was first...and so far i prefer joshua to big bend...but the resturant at the gage holet in marathon is unbeatable
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Belle is a great campground, try to see if the ranger will tell you where to find _______? Hideway or something like that. I went several years ago, had topo maps and they still got nervous about a woman hiking in that area by herself. It is a small rock bound cave like structure where apparently some hermit lived some time ago. The place IS amazing hard to find, even when I got to the area, the only clue came from the ranger.....look for the mine tailings. It would be quite easy to become lost there, but only a few people have ever been able to locate it.. Good luck, wish I was coming this time when you all go..........

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Wow... I forgot to post pictures from our trip to Joshua Tree last October. We stayed at Belle campground and LOVED it. Very scenic and secluded. (Ask me about the mice some other time!) Anyway, here are a few pictures from the many we took.
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Just got back from J Tree, we stayed at Ryan camp and were lucky to find a spot. Those rock climbers are nuts !
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