Joshua Tree South

BLM

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Cottonwood Spring Rd.
Chiriaco Summit, CA 92201
760-833-7100
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GPS: 33.6742, -115.8027

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 1776 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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23 people have reviewed this location.

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6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Retreat Forward would stay here again

“Wide Open Spaces, Easy Access”

Reviewed Nov 07, 2017

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From I-10, a left turn and a few minutes up the paved road takes you to the BLM camping land to the south of Joshua Tree National Park. (You'll see a sign about paying an entrance fee, but the visitor center is further down the road than the camp.) The dirt/gravel road to the sites is passable in a big rig, but rutted so taking it ... more

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Alayna
Tucson, AZ
10 Livin' Lite QuickSilver
2006 Hyundai Tucson
2 reviews
Days stayed: 2

Alayna would stay here again

“Convenient & Quiet Boondocking Near I-10”

Reviewed Nov 07, 2017

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We stayed here while traveling out and back to California from Tucson. The camping area is located off of Cottonwood Springs Rd and is surprising quiet considering the proximity to I-10. There are over a dozen large sites available and we selected one with two tress on the west side of the road. We bought a Coleman Instant Cabin for t... more

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Follow Your Detour

30 Forest River Rockwood
2016 GMC Sierra 2500
16 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Follow Your Detour would stay here again

“Free, private, quiet, beautiful, but quite a drive into Joshua Tree N.P. ”

Reviewed Jun 21, 2017

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15 minutes south of the Cottonwood Campground Visitor Center. We were visiting Joshua Tree National Park during Coachella, which meant that all the campgrounds inside the park were booked well in advance. We have a suspicion that camping inside the park would be pretty awesome, but we also loved that the BLM spot was free, had lots of ... more

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Days stayed: 1

Jonny B would stay here again

“Save yourself the $ and extra miles”

Reviewed Jun 14, 2017

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This spot was great. No complaints. Saved me 15+ bucks and 30+ extra minutes of burning fuel by not going to the JTNF camps. I recommend to head North from the 10 and take a picture with the sign, then turn back toward the interstate and take the first right (Straight from the interstate it is either of the last two lefts before the en... more

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Follow Your Detour

30 Forest River Rockwood
2016 GMC Sierra 2500
16 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
“Long drive to Joshua Tree N.P. but worth it for free and privacy”

Reviewed May 17, 2017

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We were visiting Joshua Tree National Park during Coachella so campsites were booked out well in advance. While we wish we could've stayed in the park, this free boondocking site was a life saver for us. We had plenty of space, it was very accessible, and did I say FREE! The only downfall was that we had to drive over an hour to enjoy ... more

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TheRestlessYoungs
TX
45 Country Coach Allure
2015 GMC Sierra
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
“Convenient Location with Easy Park Access”

Reviewed Apr 19, 2017

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Great boondocking spot close to the entrance of the South side of Joshua Tree National Park. We were there with a large group, so it was a little crowded, but still a lot better than a park. There are some spots that are soft/sandy, so would recommend pulling over once you get there and explore sites and ground cover. The park i... more

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Geekstreamers

25 Airstream Flying Cloud
2015 Ram 2500
44 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

Geekstreamers would stay here again

“I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere.”

Reviewed Apr 19, 2017

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NAVIGATING: This strip of BLM land is not too far off I-10 and very easy to get to off the Cottonwood Springs Rd exit. GETTING SITUATED: There are spaces for boondocking to the east and west of Cottonwood Springs Rd. The west side seemed to have more spots and be more popular. We stayed here as part of an Xscapers convergence, so ... more

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Two Plus Lu

19 Escape 5.0 (formerly 2010 Four Wheel Camper Eagle)
2017 Toyota Tundra
30 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: N/A

Two Plus Lu would stay here again

“Quick overnight here but pretty awesome spot to overnight”

Reviewed Mar 23, 2017

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It was busy when we rolled in late one night but we were able to find a spot with good space without a problem. Minus the typical generator hum from some neighbors, the spot was very quiet for being right off I-10 and there was great proximity to the National Park itself. Great cell reception. Would love to come back and spend more tim... more

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28 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: NA

Barton would stay here again

“Better access to town than to NP.”

Reviewed Mar 21, 2017

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Easy to find, access, and set up. It's a better location for visiting around Indio than the NP (the best of the park is an hour drive from here). Looks like this gets used heavily for partying at times, but quiet during our stay. No restrooms so some sandwash areas are a bit gross.

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Nomaditagain

19 Riverside Retro
2014 Nissan Frontier
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Nomaditagain would stay here again

“Good Access, Quiet and Pretty”

Reviewed Mar 19, 2017

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Close to the Ranger's station, which has a dump site. A free place to park, and go explore Joshua Tree. The access road is a little bumpy, but has many smooth spots to set up you're trailer, which were pretty level. We had a lot of fun here, neighbors weren't too close, and there is very little noise pollution. There was also a fre... more

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KenneysSeeAmerica

30 Airstream International
2016 Chevy Silverado 2500
93 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 0

KenneysSeeAmerica would stay here again

“Close to south entrance nice BLM”

Reviewed Mar 08, 2017

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Several BLM areas to camp right outside of Joshua Tree. Heading towards the park, south entrance, there is BLM space both on the east and west side of the road. Each BLM side has two roads. The first (southern) road will take you to the first set of sites. The second road can take you further into the BLM area. Be careful not t... more

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Life Among Pines
Sioux Falls, SD
36 Fleetwood Bounder
1992 Jeep Cherokee Briarwood
4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

Life Among Pines would stay here again

“Overall Awesome Boondocking Location”

Reviewed Mar 03, 2017

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The Joshua Tree South BLM Lands are a great place to stay for anyone who enjoys boondocking and being closer to the great outdoors. I've heard this place gets pretty busy in the early-mid spring, but, when we stayed, there may have been about 15 other groups total, which isn't too bad. There is plenty of space for people to spread out,... more

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Wheresmyairstreamnow
Meridian, ID
31 Airstream Classic Excella 1000 wide body
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: N/A
“Great views and quiet”

Reviewed Feb 17, 2017

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Free camping on BLM area just before park. If you need to dump drive up to the park (not in) and signs will direct you to the dump station. The dump is free! Others have posted how to get here so I'll find it not necessary. An all out great spot.

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Gonewalkabout
St. Albans Town, VT
33 Keystone Montana 293RK
2016 Ford F350 Diesel
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
“Handy To Joshua Tree But Hard To Find A Level Site”

Reviewed Feb 16, 2017

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We picked this site for it's proximity to Joshua Tree National Park. It is right next to the park entrance and just a couple of miles from the Cottonwood Visitor Center. There were maybe 15 other campers in the area and room for more. Our issue was that it was impossible to find a somewhat level spot. We tried a couple of different on... more

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26 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: Dispersed
“I stay here often since it's an easy pull off from I-10 and close to Joshua Tree Park”

Reviewed Feb 13, 2017

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BLM Free Camping just south of the park outside Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California near I-10. There is a dump station just a couple miles from the gate.
See my video at: https://youtu.be/KfVijsx1C8o

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Linda and John

31 Keystone Laredo
27 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4

Linda and John would stay here again

“Great boondocking close to enhance of NP”

Reviewed Feb 05, 2017

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Stayed early Feb 2017. Lots of sites on East and west sides. Easy access. We spent our time exploring the surrounding areas. Definitely stop at the cafe and museum on the summit which is only 4 or 5 miles away.

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TigerNomad
Sun Valley, ID
Provan Astro Tiger XL
73 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

TigerNomad would stay here again

“Quiet Camping Right Outside Joshua Tree”

Reviewed Jan 14, 2017

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I stayed in this quiet, pretty BLM "overflow" area on my way out of Joshua Tree. It's a ways from the main attractions, being outside the southern part of the park, but the sites are large, the access easy, the neighbors were quiet, and there was little interstate noise. Sunset and sunrise over the desert were incredible! Fantastic dry... more

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Life With Dyna

40 Monaco Dynasty
2016 Jeep Wrangler
33 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5
“Beautiful, quiet, windy & free.”

Reviewed Apr 15, 2016

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Spent 5 days enjoying the low price of free on the BLM land South of Joshua Tree. We chose to park the big rig on the last road on the right (when entering Joshua Tree from I10- so South East of the entrance). We had difficulty turning the beast around (so that we were facing towards the Joshua Tree entrance (we figured we'd turn her w... more

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188sqft
Pittsburgh, PA
27 Keystone Cougar
2013 RAM 2500
21 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 8

188sqft would stay here again

“Beautiful sunrises, quiet, and close to Joshua Tree National Park”

Reviewed Mar 24, 2016

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This boondocking spot had some stellar sunsets over the mountains to the west. When we arrived on Saturday night, it was quite crowded. Headlights, motorcycles and tenters everywhere. On Sunday though, everyone picked up and left and it was quiet once again. You're 1/2 mile from I10, but you won't hear the road noise. Being that ... more

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WatsonsWander

Airstream Safari
132 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

WatsonsWander would stay here again

“Free camping outside a national park!”

Reviewed Feb 17, 2016

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This is great alternative to camping inside the park where the majority of campgrounds are usually full during the busy season. As other reviews have noted the location is on the south end of Joshua Tree NP, which means it's quite a drive to get to the "good stuff", but with such gorgeous views all around we didn't mind. There are ... more

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Jeneric Ramblings
FL
29 Holiday Rambler Traveler
2006 Jeep Liberty CRD
40 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 8

Jeneric Ramblings would stay here again

“Screaming Streaming”

Reviewed Feb 10, 2016

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We arrived at Joshua Tree NP on the weekend and found all of the campgrounds full. The Ranger gave us a flyer showing BLM camping locations just outside the south entrance to the Park (photos attached). Although the BLM camping is most of an hours' drive away from the Joshua Trees themselves and most hiking in the NW corner of the Park... more

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Kate at The Sceni...

27 Airstream International FB
2014 Ram 2500
73 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

Kate at The Scenic Route would stay here again

“Pretty location, but a little far from Joshua Tree main sights. ”

Reviewed Jan 27, 2015

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We pulled in off Cottonwood springs road and found about half a dozen other RVs parked on this dirt road. We ventured just a few hundred yards further along through one of the rocky washes and suddenly we were on our own. We found a beautiful space,big enough for our friends rig to join us the next day. We had to level our rig quit... more

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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
250 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Date stayed: 3/10/13
Days stayed: 13

Aluminarium would stay here again

“Free Camping Outside of Joshua Tree”

Reviewed Mar 22, 2013

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When we first arrived at the BLM land just outside of the South Entrance at Joshua Tree, we weren't sure that we liked it. We parked near the Cottonwood Springs Road and could see the Freeway from where we were. Then we tested the cell/data and found it to be the fastest we've EVER seen! We tested our Verizon card on speedtest.net... more

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Our Journey Begins and Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County, CA – Two Plus Lu

February 8, 2017 was our official Launch Day! There was no way we could be more ready. Our equipment was packed. Our grocery list for two weeks was written. The camper was as powered as we could get...

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Life's Little Adventures: Slots and Ladders

  On Tuesday we hooked up the car and took the long and winding road from north to south through Joshua Tree National Park. Our destination was the south overflow camping area on Cottonwood Springs Rd...

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Joshua Tree Boondocking - WatsonsWander

Three winters ago we went on a day trip through Joshua Tree National Park. An entire day of driving took us through the park from south to north where we saw Pinto Mountain, strolled around the...

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Joshua Tree South - Aluminarium

There are a few free dispersed RV camping areas at Joshua Tree National Park. We’ve been referring to them as North Joshua Tree and South Joshua Tree. We were disappointed when we first arriv...

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