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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45 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Scenery
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
4bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
AT&T 3G
3bars
Sprint 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 3G
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John G.
24' Aerolite 195QB 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 12

John G. would stay here again

“Nice spot just outside Joshua N.P. south gate”

Reviewed Mar 19, 2019

Overall Rating

This is a popular area which seems to function as the waiting room for visiting Joshua tree N.P. Nice pullout sites along the road. Avoid parking on the north side of the main road as it is water district pipeline controlled area and you will probably get asked to relocate, I did.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Mad Dog and CC
Mount Shasta, CA 25' Airstream Safari Ford F150
6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Mad Dog and CC would stay here again

“Our first BLM experience and will come back.”

Reviewed Mar 03, 2019

Overall Rating

We loved this place. Finding a site was pretty easy and it was quiet. We had one camper pull in late at night and "encroach" on our space but they left early the next day. We repositioned our truck to deter anyone else that might do the same thing. Try to establish your boundaries. We drove around the area and found there are two... more

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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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


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Maybe Someday is ...
Nashville, TN 37' Dutchmen Kodiak Ford F-250
5 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
“Great place for new boondockers like us!”

Reviewed Feb 27, 2019

Overall Rating

We are new to boondocking and came straight out here to try out our new solar installation recently. The Good - Spectacular cellular connection (which we need as we both work remotely for our day jobs) - - - Easy access to dump & water fill in the park at the Cottonwood Visitor Area about 15 minutes away. $5 honor system payment.... more

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Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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


21 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Mlb would stay here again

“Good Enough Place to Tent”

Reviewed Feb 18, 2019

Overall Rating

We stayed here on a weekend in February after a night in Joshua Tree North. The space here is smaller and closer to the less popular side of the park, but we liked it better. This is located right off a paved road and it’s right by the park boundary. I don’t understand why people pay to camp in the park when they can come here for ... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Uproot Travel
SD 34' Mobile Suites 32TK3 Ford F350
9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Uproot Travel would stay here again

“beautiful boondocking spot”

Reviewed Feb 15, 2019

Overall Rating

This is a great place to stop overnight or for a few days. You don't really get the boondocking "feel" because it seems to be a busy place and you can easily see the freeway and all its lights, but it's free, the spots are easy to find, and incredibly beautiful so it didn't bother us. I'd guess the nearest grocery store is a bit of a d... more

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Cleanliness
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Noise
4bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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


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OllieAndMango
33' Keystone Montana 2955RL 2011 Dodge Ram 3500
11 reviews
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 8

OllieAndMango would stay here again

“Nice, quiet spot near Joshua Tree”

Reviewed Feb 12, 2019

Overall Rating

This is a great place to stay if you want to visit Joshua Tree and have a quiet, free place to camp. You're a bit far from most of the Joshua Tree attractions (~1 hr), but you avoid the noise and crowds that tend to fill the North BLM site. You're also about 30 min from most amenities (Indio). There are some supplies at Chiriaco Summi... more

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Cleanliness
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4bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


4 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

FilmoreTheVan would stay here again

“Great views, defined sites spaced nicely”

Reviewed Feb 09, 2019

Overall Rating

This is a great spot! We stayed on the east side of the main road and had a nice big site. There were plenty of other people but the sites are fairly defined and ours spaced a bit apart from each other. The road is sand and fine gravel with some areas damaged presumably from rain water flowing through. We were able to get in with ou... more

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Location
Cleanliness
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Noise
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Natureboy
Kerman, CA 23' Forest River Grey Wolf Chevrolet 2500HD
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Natureboy would stay here again

“Great site close to Joshua tree national park”

Reviewed Jan 08, 2019

Overall Rating

Good boondocking site. Only stayed one night but will be back. Nice and quiet and so many stars at night.

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: N/A

Brian would stay here again

“Great Free Camping”

Reviewed Dec 12, 2018

Overall Rating

This site was BLM land just outside the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Large sites easily designated by fire pits. You can see the neighbors but not hear the neighbors. We used the Water Dept access road to get to our site. The usual road to the property had some washouts. It was a great site with easy access to the ... more

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Unknown_Normal
TX 35' Forest River Salem Hemisphere 276RK Ram 2500 Cummins
52 reviews
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

Unknown_Normal would stay here again

“Awesome high desert BLM camping. Can be windy. Great Verizon. Don't get stuck in sand.”

Reviewed Dec 07, 2018

Overall Rating

This is a great spot to dry camp. Easy access, plenty of spaces marked by fire rings, and lots of room for large rigs. I've uploaded a Google satellite image of the roads and marked which one to take. If you take any other road, it could be washed out or have deep, soft sand. We've seen several rigs get stuck. Cell/Internet is grea... more

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Cleanliness
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Noise
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
Pets:
  • pets

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