Indian Cove Campground lies amid the huge, steep rock formations for which Joshua Tree National Park is known. Because of its proximity to many rock climbing routes, it is a popular camping location for climbers. Indian Cove is one of only two campgrounds in the park that can be reserved during the busy winter season; it is open on a first-come, first-served basis from June 1 through September 29. Travelers who enjoy warm, dry winters flock to Joshua Tree from October through May, when temperatures hover between 70-90 degrees during the day and drop to a 40-60 degree range at night. Summer is the park’s off-season due to the uncomfortably-high desert heat. Indian Cove is at an elevation of 3,200 feet. There are no electric, water or sewer hook-ups available at individual campsites; nor is free dump station located nearby. Drinkable water spigot is available near the campground ranger station. There is no access into the main portion of the park from the campground except by hiking trails; entry at other entry points requires a park entrance fee of $20 per private family vehicle, separate from the camping fee If arriving one or more days late, call (760) 362-4367, or your reservation will be forfeited if we do not hear from you within 24 hours of your arrival date. Fall and spring are the busiest times of year and reservations often book up early; if the reservable campgrounds are full, call the campground ranger station directly at (760) 362-4367 to check availability at other campgrounds within the park or nearby local community areas. Rock climbing and hiking are available in the area, but organized special events and commercial guided climbing may require a permit from the Special Use Office; call (760) 367-5545. No special events shall be held at reserved campsites. Special events must use designate area with a special park use permit. Resale or auction of advance reservations is prohibited. Gathering firewood is not allowed in the park. Pets are not allowed on trails and must be restricted to stay within developed areas only. This facility has a backcountry registration board; visitors who will be backpacking in the park are required to park and register at a backcountry registration board. For additional park information, call (760) 367-5500 or visit www.nps.gov/jotr
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- Picnic Table
- Potable Water
- Pet Friendly