Subi & The 5

Joshua Tree National Park – Yucca Valley, California

The Black Rock Canyon Campground sits in the northwest corner of the Joshua Tree National Park at around 4,000 feet elevation. This means there can be cold nights during the winter time. We hovered just below freezing most nights but had beautiful sunny days.

Joshua Tree National Park Black Rock Canyon Campground
View of Black Rock Canyon Campground from the trail

Campground: Black Rock Canyon Campground
Location: Yucca Valley, California
Site: 64 (back-in)
Cost: $10 (50% off with Interagency Pass)
Services: dry camping
Comments: A small campground, with many small sites, at an elevation of 4,000 ft, with great scenery and terrific hiking trails. We love it here.


The campground is old and has sites of various sizes and it is sometimes difficult to know where your site ends and where other site begin. The roads within the campground have not been maintained in years and when it rains the dirt and sand washes over the roads making it difficult to see the road.  The registration/visitors center can be awkward to get into with a big rig so plan ahead.  The road into the park, which was a mess years ago, has been repaved and it MUCH better. Thank you.  Despite the lack of maintenance, it is  quaint, charming park with terrific hiking areas.  There are only a few sites which can fit big rigs as much of the campground is dedicated to tenters.


Sites 29 and 30 look large and are both a bit unlevel but it may be possible to get a big rig into these areas.


There are a full pull-thrus that can fit big rigs.


Some of the larger back-in sites are on the way into the campground (before the registration office) and is where we were camped. They were larger sites with nice views.


We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and had some great hikes. We are happy campers, cold but happy!

Joshua Tree National Park Black Rock Canyon Campground
Happy Campers at Joshua Tree National Park Black Rock Canyon Campground

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