Cottonwood Campground

Joshua Tree National Park

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Cottonwood Spring Rd.
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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GPS: 33.7449, -115.814

Last Price Paid: $10
Number of Sites: 62
Pad Type: asphalt
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Yachats, OR
15 T@B Tear Drop M@xQ
2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R
38 reviews
Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 1

DIDO would stay here again

“Unforgettable dry camping experience”

Reviewed Feb 19, 2017

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Most recent stay 4-28-16 [I’m late on writing my review] ~ We camp in a "Tear Drop” style RV only 15' long w/o toilet or shower and thus rely on condition of campgrounds facilities and this National Park Campground is w/o the amenities of other private or some state campgrounds ~ BUT they do have a water fill / dump station on site and restroom with flush toilets and sinks [no hot water no electricity] that being said we still loved the true “camping” experience. Ran on battery power and propane for cooking and frig.

Excellent large site with asphalt pad, sturdy picnic table, water spigot 50’ away and roomy site with green-way between and not close or tight against any of neighbor sites. Had plenty of room for our dinning fly shelter ~ could have added a tent even with our rv - campground is located at most southern end of park ~ 1st come 1st served and we had no problem selecting site ~ take 45 min to drive through park to reach other “attractions” and campgrounds of the most popular “northern” end. Lot’s of pull out and points of interest along the way, you won’t miss a thing.

About a 15 degree temp change difference between south and north – warmer on the south end. Best to camp during spring or fall – summertime it can get very hot. Pitch black at night – you’ll be amazed at how many stars you can see – absolutely a sight to behold. The peace the absolute quiet was incredible.

Lots of pictures taken by previous reviewer Evergreengirl sums it up - we added a couple extra of our own.

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Escape 19
2009 Honda Ridgeline
57 reviews
Nightly rate: $10
Days stayed: 2

Evergreengirl would stay here again

“Pretty and quiet”

Reviewed Feb 17, 2017

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This is the only option for camping in the southern part of the park. We came in on a Sat. (dumb move) and all the other campgrounds were full. When we made it down to Cottonwood Campground we were pleasantly surprised to find it only about two thirds full and so we had plenty of sites to chose from. Cottonwood doesn't get the same amount of use as the other campgrounds because it's in the southernmost section of the park which in some ways does not have as many things to do or sights to see. For instance, you won't see any Joshua Trees near Cottonwood Campground nor find the big boulders so favored by rock climbers.

Still,this campground is not without its charms. The sites are spacious, well laid out, and have some degree of privacy and pretty desert views. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. There are flush toilets and a dump station with potable water. A trail from the campground will take you to the pretty little Cottonwood Oasis and well as on to longer hikes. It's just a short trip to a nice little visitors center which on our visit was staffed with some of the friendliest rangers we've ever encountered.

All in all this is a nice option, especially if you find the other park campgrounds full,

Our rate reflects our Senior Access Pass rate. Regular fee is $20/night.

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This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • group sites
  • recycle
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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