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Roy&Lynne

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Posted: 03/05/19 05:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I lived in the area for a long time and JT is like my spiritual home. If your coming in on Hwy 62, stop at the Oasis of Mara and talk to the rangers and see where you can get in.(Also ask about Ranch tours) There are a couple of campgrounds within the park and not far from that entrance. If there is noting open ask about Indian Cove and it is the largest but its not in the park but between 29 Palms and the little town of Joshua Tree off Hwy 62. The park is huge but you can see it all in a day. Go in at either Joshua Tree entrance and head east or 29 Palms entrance and go west. The rangers are awesome and will tell you the must see sights. You can do it in one day or like me, spend days exploring.


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We stayed at the KOA in Desert Hotsprings in Feb 2018 and drove around to the north entrance and out the south side on Bergoo (???) road but you’ll need a jeep or other high clearance vehicle to do that.


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We found the BLM land just outside the south entrance. Very nice, with an incredible array of beautiful wild flowers all around us. Tonight is our second night here, having now been through the park and thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks all for your thoughts and suggestions.


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GaryS1953 wrote:

We found the BLM land just outside the south entrance. Very nice, with an incredible array of beautiful wild flowers all around us. Tonight is our second night here, having now been through the park and thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks all for your thoughts and suggestions.

Gary, We are currently in Death Valley, looking to go to Joshua Tree on Friday but are unfamiliar with the area. We have a 31' fifth wheel and would prefer to boondock. Could you fill me in on where this place is? PM me if you wish. Thanks
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Was up in the park yesterday and Jumbo Rocks CG as of 10am had 8 empty sites. Very surprised this time of year. The BLM land is South of hwy 62 at Sunfair dry lake. 15-20 minute drive to the park.


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JKJavelin wrote:

GaryS1953 wrote:

We found the BLM land just outside the south entrance. Very nice, with an incredible array of beautiful wild flowers all around us. Tonight is our second night here, having now been through the park and thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks all for your thoughts and suggestions.

Gary, We are currently in Death Valley, looking to go to Joshua Tree on Friday but are unfamiliar with the area. We have a 31' fifth wheel and would prefer to boondock. Could you fill me in on where this place is? PM me if you wish. Thanks
JK
Hi Jk - if you are coming in on I-10 for the south entrance, you’ll want to get off at the Cottonwood Spring Rd Exit. There are signs saying Joshua Tree before the exit do you can’t miss it. At the exit turn north toward the park and go up the hill about 1/2 mike. You can’t miss the RVs on the left AND right. Plenty of decent spots right now (Thursday morning).

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Thanks for the info Gary and Tuna. Looks like we're gonna stay here at Death Valley til Sunday now. We had heavy rain here Tuesday night and many of the valley roads are still closed from flooding. Plus we'll have better site selection on a Sunday instead a Friday at Joshua Tree.

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tuna fisher wrote:

Was up in the park yesterday and Jumbo Rocks CG as of 10am had 8 empty sites. Very surprised this time of year. The BLM land is South of hwy 62 at Sunfair dry lake. 15-20 minute drive to the park.
There may be empty sites ,but are they available? Jumbo Rocks is now reservable...


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vermilye wrote:

tuna fisher wrote:

Was up in the park yesterday and Jumbo Rocks CG as of 10am had 8 empty sites. Very surprised this time of year. The BLM land is South of hwy 62 at Sunfair dry lake. 15-20 minute drive to the park.
There may be empty sites ,but are they available? Jumbo Rocks is now reservable...

I looked online this morning and everything in Jumbo Rocks is reserved. I'm going BLM.

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JKJavelin wrote:

vermilye wrote:

tuna fisher wrote:

Was up in the park yesterday and Jumbo Rocks CG as of 10am had 8 empty sites. Very surprised this time of year. The BLM land is South of hwy 62 at Sunfair dry lake. 15-20 minute drive to the park.
There may be empty sites ,but are they available? Jumbo Rocks is now reservable...

I looked online this morning and everything in Jumbo Rocks is reserved. I'm going BLM.
the BLM area is very nice, and you can just drive into the park to dump and fill your water.

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