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Jumbo Rocks Campground California

Jumbo Rocks Overview

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Jumbo Rocks is one of the most popular campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. The campground has 124 campsites for RVs, trailers and tents that are situated among giant granite boulders. Several of the campsites require a short hike to the camping area. Campsites 81-94 have parallel parking for larger rigs. There are also a few other sites with parallel parking. Each campsite also has a concrete picnic table, fire pit and grill.

The campground has pit/vault toilets and an amphitheater. There are four extra parking sites at the entrance, but these are not to be used for overflow parking. Park Blvd. (just outside the campground) does have some shoulder area where you can park an extra vehicle. Ranger programs are usually on Friday and Saturday nights. Also remember to bring your own water because there isn’t any at the campground.

Jumbo Rocks’ central location offers a great base camp to explore other areas of Joshua Tree National Park. Skull Rock trail originates in the campground. Other nearby hikes include Split Rock, Ryan Mountain and Pine City.  Also be sure to bring your telescope if you have one because the star gazing is epic!

Jumbo Rocks – Joshua Tree National Park – Area Recreation

Outdoor recreation includes hiking, biking, rock-climbing, bouldering, star-gazing, wildlife viewing and exploring the many historic sites located throughout Joshua Tree National Park. “Skull Rock” is a short hike from the campground as are other trails. You may also want to tour the Keys Ranch historic site – reservations required.

Other Joshua Tree National Park campgrounds to consider include Ryan, White Tank,  Indian Cove, Hidden Valley, Belle, Black Rock Canyon, and Cottonwood.

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  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campsite Tables
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • Visitor Center
  • Archeological Sites
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Bouldering
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Stargazing
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Park Blvd.
Joshua Tree National Park, California 92277
760 367-5500
Lat / Long:

33.99444, -116.07333

Campground Map
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Best Campsites

13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 25, 26, 27, 30, 33, 36, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 51, 61, 64, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 104, 113, 115, 119, 120, 121

Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
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Jumbo Rocks Comments & Reviews

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21 Comments on “Jumbo Rocks”

  1. Bonjour,

    Pourriez-vous me communiquer l’adresse E-mail du camping de Jumbo Rocks ?

    Merci .


    • Bonjour Domy,
      Le terrain de camping Jumbo Rocks n’a pas d’adresse électronique ni de numéro de téléphone. J’ai un numéro de téléphone pour le parc national de Joshua Tree si cela peut vous aider: 760-367-5502. Les terrains de camping de Jumbo Rocks se trouvent dans le parc national de Joshua Tree.

  2. Andy Mikulak says:

    At some point, the campsite numbers do not correspond to actual sites. For example, the site listed here #123 is actually #124, 122–>123, etc. Just be extra careful and try using Reservations.gov photos and / or google maps as well.

    • Hi Andy,
      Thanks for pointing that out. We will check out photos and if off, get those corrected.

    • Hi Andy, We double checked the Jumbo Rocks campsite photos and all are correct except photos for #122 and #123. We corrected those and now all Jumbo Rock campsite photos are correct. We will be reshooting the campground this summer though and will post all new photos later in the year. Thanks again!

  3. Hi, I would like to know about campsite #39. Is it big enough to fit 2 tents? I read parking for this site is 150m away. How is it compared to site #83.

    • Hi PB, You are correct. Jumbo Rocks campsite #39 is about 150m from the parking area. Here’s another photo of the table/fire ring area below. Parking for campsite #83 is right next to the site (parallel park).
      Jumbo Rocks Campsite #39

  4. Kathy Etienne says:

    This is a great site! Thanks for the research. What campsites would be best for a group of (3) families of 4 ea, pitching 6 tents?

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thank you and you’re most welcome. We love doing it! If you’re up for just a short walk (100-150 feet on some of the sites), these groups would work as they are all relatively close to each other, have some privacy and are in nice areas: 28-29-30-31; 37-38-39; 47-48-49; 51-52-53-54; 55-56-57; 57-58-59; 68-69-70; 72-73-74; 111-112-113; 114-115-116. And if you want to have your cars parked relatively close to the tent/camping area: 85-86-87.
      Sounds like you have a fun trip planned – have a great time!

  5. Which campsites in Jumbo Rock are large enough for a 27-foot trailer?

    • Hi Marti,
      You can visit Rec.gov at the link below and ‘see details’ of each campsite. The details provide sizes of campsites to see if your 27-foot trailer will fit.

  6. Hi!
    Can you tell me where the overflow parking is located at the campground? We have 2 cars and looks like our site only accommodates one at the campsite. Thank you!

    • Hi Esther,
      Some campsites only allow for one vehicle unfortunately. There are four extra parking sites at the entrance, but they are not suppose to be used for overflow parking. Sometimes the ranger may give you a pass, but I wouldn’t could on it. Park Blvd. (just outside the campground) does have some shoulder area where you can park an extra vehicle.

  7. Hello, thank you for putting together this post and pictures. Do you have any recommendation for 2 campsites that would have decent shades for the month of October 2021? For a family of 10-12, including children. So we are looking for campsite that would have a min. occupancy of 6 each. Thank you!

    • Hi Alina,
      Thanks and you’re most welcome!

      Most of the campsites at Jumbo Rocks campground are pretty exposed, with little shade. There are a few that are set closer to large rocks and/or may have a large Joshua Tree that will provide some shade in the early morning or afternoon. Those include 6, 10, 11, 56, 66, 112, 119 and 121. However, the camping areas of these may be smaller due to the proximity of the larger rocks.

      Our favorite campsites at Jumbo Rocks campground include: 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 25, 26, 27, 30, 33, 36, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 51, 61, 64, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 80, 71, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 104, 113, 115, 119, 120, 121

  8. Great site! I’m looking for a suggestion for 2 people that want to tent camp. Looking for privacy and quiet, but other campers nearby. Wanting to make a reservation for a site….not necessarily at Jumbo Rocks but somewhere in Joshua Tree where it’s a nice place to be. Also want a suggestion for a non-reservation site. Thanks in advance!

    • Thanks John!
      There’s some great campgrounds/campsites out at Joshua Tree National Park that you should like. We have an article on our favorite (best) campsites in the park and you can view it here:https://www.campsitephotos.com/blog/campground-recommendations/joshua-tree-national-parks-best-campsites/
      Hidden Valley, Belle and White Tank are all good (first-come, first-serve) campgrounds. Belle and White Tank are smaller campgrounds and they have some nice private campsites. Hidden Valley is popular and more centrally located, but it has fewer ‘private’ campsites. Jumbo Rocks and Indian Rocks are the best reservable campgrounds (IMO). Both also have some great (private) campsites. Indian Rocks is located on the outskirts of the park though. Hope this helps and remember – spring and fall are very popular times. Campgrounds will sell out way in advance and you’ll need to arrive no later than Friday morning (perhaps Thursday early afternoon) to grab a first-come, first-serve campsite for a weekend stay.

  9. Any insight on jumbo rocks site 77???

    • Jumbo Rocks campsite #77 is one of our favorites. Flat, has a little shade, great views, and the backyard is an open area where you can hike and rock scramble. It’s also fairly private and quiet. The table/fire ring area is about 30-40 feet from your parking spot.

  10. Any insights on camp site 78? We have a large tent 9 x 14 and might want to bust out a canopy too. Is the parking spot and restrooms relatively close to this site?

    • Hi Lucy,
      Jumbo Rocks Campsite #78 is a sweet site – one of our favorites. You have parking for one vehicle and will need to walk about 50 feet to the table/fire/pint/camping area. The table/fire pit/camping area is fairly large and private. You can pitch a larger tent and a few smaller ones. The best thing about the campsite (IMO) is that you have great views of the surrounding rocks/area (your backyard), and you have easy access to hiking/rock scrambling. You’re also close, but not too close to a restroom.

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