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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37 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
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
2bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
3bars
T-Mobile 3G
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2 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

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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
35' Salem Hemisphere Lite 276RK 2011 Ram 2500 Cummins
34 reviews
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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Location
Cleanliness
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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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


2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: No numbers
“Chasing the sun!”

Reviewed May 27, 2018

Overall Rating

We were here in April 2018. Huge parking right before park entrance. No amenities but, hey....its free! The view was good! Lots of sand, firepits and even some trees!! We don't know how many sites. There are A LOT!!! We left and actually went back, because we loved it so much!! Dump and potable water are approximately 7 ... more

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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
“Got stuck”

Reviewed Apr 05, 2018

Overall Rating

This could be a great place. Access isn't bad off I-10. Problem we had was it was pretty full in early April. We made the first turn to the west as we saw several RV's and tents that direction. We are in a large class A with a tow. Most of the sites we're taken, those that weren't had loose sand or it would be impossible to turn. ... more

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12 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

LesleyCPhoto would stay here again

“Over night stop”

Reviewed Mar 23, 2018

Overall Rating

Only crashed for the one night and headed out early. Place was very crowded and very loose gravel however we did arrive after dark. We will give this another try when we come back through to check out Joshua tree!!!

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


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Movn Along
38' Keystone Sprinter 334FWFLS 2011 Ford F350
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Movn Along would stay here again

“Great place to stay”

Reviewed Mar 19, 2018

Overall Rating

We stayed here over the weekend and this is a great option when visiting Joshua Tree National Park. It is easy to find and the sites are easy to access. There were a few that were sandy and that wasn't going to work for our setup. There were quite a few people at this location so if you are staying in a RV I recommend getting here e... more

Access
Location
Cleanliness
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Noise
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Dan & Jen Nevada
32' Newmar Bay Star 3113 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
15 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6

Dan & Jen Nevada would stay here again

“Three Star Spot, Five Star Location”

Reviewed Mar 05, 2018

Overall Rating

This is a two to three star camping spot at best. 30 miles from civilization, average views, gravel that is the perfect size for sticking in the tread of your shoes only to fall out as soon as you step inside your RV and the wind...oh, the wind. Why won't the wind stop? It's not windy in Indio! But the location! Right near the e... more

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Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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


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Fate Unbound
Fort Wayne, IN 25' Keystone
25 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Fate Unbound would stay here again

“Excellent BLM site near Joshua Tree National Park”

Reviewed Feb 15, 2018

Overall Rating

Great place to stay, was clean and there are plenty of sites to camp in for all size RVs and even tents. The sites are pretty unlevel because the whole area is on a slope from the Cottonwood Mountains and we needed 3-5 inches of leveling but we were able to get level. The wind can be strong some days but there are typically not many cl... more

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

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


2 reviews
Nightly rate: $2
Days stayed: 1

Rev. J would stay here again

“Easy to find, 1 mile off of the Interstate 10.”

Reviewed Jan 22, 2018

Overall Rating

Like most easily acessed BLM land these "campsites" are simply parking spaces with fire rings made from local stones and full of soot. Its a good place to stay overnight in between destinations, but not my idea of a good camping experience. Not maintained and over used. Giant electricity wires and structures close by plus cell tower li... more

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Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
T-Mobile 3G

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


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Johan
23' Hymer Exsis i
6 reviews
Nightly rate: $8
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 0

Johan would stay here again

“Great and nice spots, quiet also in the night”

Reviewed Jan 15, 2018

Overall Rating

Great and nice spots, quiet also in the night

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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


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Our first experience camping outside of a National Park – on free BLM land – was very nice.  We had strong Verizon 4G signal, it was really easy to get to, and it is just south of Joshua Tree Nati...

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

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