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Best camping trails in Joshua Tree National Park

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Joshua Tree National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Joshua Tree National Park
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Acreage:
789,745 acres
Contact
760-367-5500
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Top trails (19)
#1 - Skull Rock Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 48 m
This loop contains .5 miles of walking along the paved campground road. Alternatively, visitors could just hike from Skull Rock, through the Jumbo Rocks area, and then turn around upon reaching the campground. This out-and-back route would be a mile roundtrip.Show more
#2 - Mastodon Peak Loop Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
This is a relatively easy hike. Lots of desert plants and flowers to see along with beautiful views. On clear days you can see the Salton Sea. There is an old mine to explore (only from outside as entrance has been sealed).Show more
#3 - Joshua Tree Boy Scout Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
This is a point-to-point trail so depending on where you start/finish it will either be mostly downhill (starting on Park Blvd) or mostly uphill (starting on Indian Cove Rd). If you start from the Indian Cove/Northern end you will gain approximately 1500ft/460m.Show more
#4 - High View Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 44 m
#5 - Cottonwood Spring Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 44 m
#6 - Boy Scout Trail To Willow Hole Extended Route
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 8 h 12 m
Great views on a moderate desert hike. This is an excellent choice for a fall/winter running or walking trail. Beautiful views of the Mojave desert landscape. The trail moves from open desert through washes, single-track hills and bajadas... and is very well marked (but pay attention). Trail runners should be prepared for packed sand, some very minor technical moves over rocks/boulders AND areas with very sandy/rocky washes. It is the desert so make sure you have sufficient water. Even on a beautiful 70 degree day the dry heat and relentless sun can really pull your energy. There is little to no shade. Show more
#7 - California Riding and Hiking Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 37.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
The CRHT is best hiked west to east starting at Black Rock Canyon campground. There is a ranger station at Black Rock Canyon campground.. There is no water to be found along the trail but the trail intersects with roads at a couple of points which are good spots to cache water. There is no fee for backcountry camping in Joshua Tree. Backpackers are required to park and register at designated backcountry registration boards Temperatures are ideal from fall through spring, and wildflowers bloom from February to April, depending on elevation.Show more
#8 - Pine City Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
#9 - Indian Cove Campground Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 17 m
#10 - Jumbo Rocks Campground Loop
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 21 m
A great walk, with options to do some bouldering.Show more
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