Found yourself amongst the dusty cacti of the Mojave Desert without a place to sleep?

Here’s our quick and dirty guide to Joshua Tree’s coolest campsites…

Jumbo Rocks Campground

Arguably the most famous of all the Joshua Tree National Park campsites, Jumbo has the most sites in the park (124 glorious spots to be exact) but still feels private thanks to the huge boulders that line the road.

White Tank Campground

Intimate and dark, White Tank is for romantics and star-spotters. With only 15 sites competition here can be fierce, largely due to its super close proximity to the iconic Arch Rock.

Belle Campground

Belle by name, belle by nature. There are 18 sites here, each affording the classic boulder views but more of the quirky Joshua Trees giving off nostalgic wild west vibes.

Black Rock Campground

One of the first campsites you’ll pass if you enter from Interstate 10 (from Los Angeles). There’s lots of desert flora here and it’s very close to some of the best hiking around.

Ryan Campground

If you like your boulders charismatically huge and your Joshua Trees tall and quirky, then you’ll love Ryan. There are only 31 places here so arrive early to snag a spot.

Cottonwood Campground

Flush toilets and running water makes any of Cottonwood’s 30 sites hot property for families.

Sheep Pass Campground

Reservable group sites only. If you like your campsites to resemble something out of a Lana Del Rey music video then you’re in luck, because this is where you come for those Valencia-filtered-outlaw-inspired-guitar-by-the-fire-flanked-by-cacti-and-boulder-style nights.

Don’t get stuck in Joshua Tree without reading our JOSHUA TREE, USA: 5 THINGS YOU REALLY SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU GO guide.

This feature originally appeared on AWOL.

Meg & Dom

Tags: California, Camping, Joshua Tree

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