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Old 10-05-2016, 07:24 AM   #1
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Joshua Tree advice

We want to visit Joshua Tree NP, will be there in January. We wanted advice on which campground we should try and get into? We will be pulling our 30' Classic so please consider that with you recommendations, we have been reading and some talk about some tight and small spots. Any and all advice welcome
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We want to visit Joshua Tree NP, will be there in January. We wanted advice on which campground we should try and get into? We will be pulling our 30' Classic so please consider that with you recommendations, we have been reading and some talk about some tight and small spots. Any and all advice welcome
As I recall there are 3 campgrounds: Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks and Black Rock. We stayed in the furthest west, I believe Black Rock. I don't really have any complaints but it is somewhat isolated from the main body of the park. You would not have any problem with your Classic fitting. My cousin stayed in Indian Cove which has a lot of cool campsites nestled into niches in the rock, some are smallish though. No experience camping at Jumbo Rocks, but it appears to be exactly what the name says. No hookups in the park.
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We stayed at the Black Rock campground a few years ago, because it (a) had water in the CG and (b) took advance reservations. We didn't want to drive a long way to get there only to have no place to stay in the park. Although we had the 16' Bambi, there was space in our site for a much longer RV and we had a monster SOB in the site next to us.

Their reservation service will generally ensure that you don't get a site too small for your needs.

There were hiking trails within walking distance, an added advantage.
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Jumbo Rocks is pretty tight but they have pull over sites. The issue would be getting turned around to get back out. It can get really tight in there when there are a lot of people there. It's worth it though, nice campground.
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We stayed at Jumbo Rocks. There are sites for larger rigs but you need to get there early to get them. We got there at 10 am and were able to find a spot. The previous poster is right. You need to be able to be comfortable maneuvering turn arounds.
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In my rockclimbing days, I used to head for Joshua Tree every January, since J Tree's best rockclimbing season corresponds with the Sierra's worst. Don't overlook the dry campsites, as they are in some of the most beautiful locations in J Tree, and you have plenty of capacity in your AS to last a few days without outside water or sewer. Even though January is high season in J Tree, I can almost guarantee you that you can score a dry campsite for your 30 footer without a reservation if you arrive there Mon-Thurs. Maybe not at Hidden Valley, although you definitely should check that out first, but somewhere with a great view.


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We were there last year in January. We stayed outside the park in 29 Palms. The RV park there had full services, and it is only about 2 miles to the Park entrance.
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We are leaving for Joshua Tree tomorrow night for an annual Pumpkin Camping weekend. This will be our 5th trip. I have stayed in all three campgrounds, and for your 30', strongly think about Indian Cove. There are many sites to accommodate your rig, pretty scenery right outside your door, and some nice trails. Be sure to get a reservation. Try for site 21 or 22 because the rock formations are wonderful. This is boondocking so come prepared.


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So the question is, my trailer is a 23 and my truck is a crew cab 6.5 bed so combined hitched length is over 40 '. I keep seeing 35 max but pictures of the park suggest that setup isn't a problem. What CG's would work. Planning a mid week arrival to get a non reserved site. Also, would want to spend some time with family in Yucca Valley.
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We stayed at the Black Rock CG for one night and had no problems, other than arriving after dark and not being able to locate our assigned site. This camp ground was adequate, but there are many more scenic CGs in the park. Perhaps someone else can guide you to their favorite site.
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So the question is, my trailer is a 23 and my truck is a crew cab 6.5 bed so combined hitched length is over 40 '. I keep seeing 35 max but pictures of the park suggest that setup isn't a problem. What CG's would work. Planning a mid week arrival to get a non reserved site. Also, would want to spend some time with family in Yucca Valley.

We have the same length trailer and truck you do, combined length about 43'. We camped at Jumbo Rocks campground in December. Very beautiful place, and there are many campsites long enough to accommodate us. I don't imagine you would have any problem finding one if you show up mid week. The ones that are long enough are all cut-outs along the road, which makes entry and exit easy. I don't think any of the back-in spots are long enough to fit. There are roads that don't loop, where you could end up trapped and having to back out, which could be hairy. I think they are all marked "no trailer access" or with a sign with a trailer crossed out, but all the sites where you would fit are on the main roads anyway.


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Well, this is a timely thread! We're thinking of heading to JT in our 25-foot Safari in January also!
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Not for camping, but you should check out the Twentynine Palms Inn/Oasis of Mara -- maybe for happy hour or dinner.
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We loved Black Rock campground. One unique advantage: easy access for fresh water fill-up and a dump station.

We toured Jumbo Rocks, but our trailer is longer (28') and it was clear to us that we would have had a tough time fitting there. For Jumbo, a shorter trailer (e.g. a 23 - 25) will be a much better fit.
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