As we were heading out of town we decided to spend a couple of nights near Joshua Tree National Park. Previously we had done a day trip to this park and wanted to do a follow-up visit in cooler temps. Even if we desired to stay in the park, all campgrounds are full making this BLM camp area was ideal.
This location was a very convenient area to visit Joshua Tree National Park with super easy access off of I-10. It is open desert but room to spread so you’re not in a parking lot stuck hearing generators. In November it was cold and slightly windy.
- GPS: 33.675233 , -115.792218 (Google maps link)
- Easy to locate: Yes. From I-10 take the exit for Cottonwood Springs road towards Twentynine Palms. There’s some obvious side roads that head both to the left and right that are BLM land
- Public Land: Yes. This is BLM land between the interstate and the park
- Cell: 4 bars Verizon, T-Mobile, and Google fi
- Crowded: not at all. Lots of space to spread out. There was a cluster of larger rigs to the left as we drove in so we headed right
- Clean: mostly clean
- Would we stay here again: Yes
Also, not a bad idea to double check with the park rangers or the BLM website directly for any changes in the public land camping rules outside of the park. This link has details as of 10/2018 and includes additional options: Camping outside of the park.
One note to make is the more popular camping and hiking areas are near the west entrance of the park. Our camp location is at the south entrance and you’ll have some driving to traverse through the full park. We’ll definitely be stopping here again especially since it’s on our way to and from home.
Make sure you check out our post with the park visit details!