Cottonwood Campground


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McCain Valley Rd.
Boulevard, CA 91905
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GPS: 32.8002, -116.3383

Last Price Paid: $6
Number of Sites: 25
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 4111 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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Ratings Summary

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38 DRV & Ford F450 4X4 Dually 38 RSSB3 with 4 slides and 1k Solar
2011 Toyota Rav4
8 reviews
Nightly rate: $6
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 24

Jack&Elizabeth would stay here again

“Unusual shade forest in the desert”

Reviewed Sep 23, 2016

Overall Rating

The campground is only about 12 miles from the freeway but the drive took over an hour. There were parts of the road that were somewhat smooth but the majority was washboarded. The last little leg before the campground was washed out rather badly and took some careful maneuvering to navigate. I would not head back unless it was with a 4x4 and a designated driver. I am a brave driver but I would not brave the route again with a 28' trailer and a 4x2. Getting into the site took every bit of my driving ability as there is little room to backup or turn around. Be sure to stock up before heading this way as there will be no quick trips to town.

The campground shows little signs of road and tree maintenance and several of the spots are closed. However, once you are able to get to the location and into a spot you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful shade trees, cement picnic tables, and decent pit toilets. There was a wonderful breeze that sang through the trees during our entire stay.

The east campground was busier with tight roads and smaller sites; which allowed tent camping. The west campground had more open spots with larger sites and did not allow tent camping. The roads here were also very narrow and not well maintained but we managed to scrape our way into a great site under a cluster of shade trees (which had grown into one massive tree). If you are heading this way with anything larger than a truck camper be sure to pack a saw.

The area was very clean. There was little litter and fresh trash bags. We saw no broken glass.

We chose what we considered the best spot. There was a nice large open area with a cement picnic table that was nearly completely shaded. We went on Labor Day weekend but were still able to find a secluded spot with just one neighbor that was not visible. The area underneath the tree was smooth dirt surrounded by large bushes. A short walk to the neighboring site had a sunny picnic table with beautiful views. A short hike past the gated area led to an abandoned well with a marvelous view of the entire area.

Other than occasionally hearing our neighbors the only noise was the wind whistling (and sometimes howling) through the trees.

Zero AT&T.

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Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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