Question about Joshua Tree South Dispersed Camping

FJara asked on 5/12/2021

Hello I’m new to camping and I was wondering if I’m doing tent camping, no RV just my truck, how does the restroom situation work? is there a restroom area not to far from the site or do you guys bring a pop-up privacy room and proper amenities from using the restroom?

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Surf2Trails
Long Beach, CA
17' Winnebago Micro Minnie
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
4 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

There are no porta-potty setups. To avoid a growing human waste problem from tent camping (Sorry, gross, but real issue) you can purchase a mobile composting toilet for camping.
Restlessbynature
CA
33' Damon Intruder
28 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

Yes, the previous answer is correct. When "boondocking" you'll have to have a place to go or bring a privacy tent and portable toilet. Have fun...
Brian
FL
30' Keystone Cougar Xlite
Ford F350
17 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

There are no bathrooms at this “campground”. It is public land outside the south entrance of the park. You will need to have some kind of accommodations for yourself. There are bathrooms at the visitor center a few miles up the road but I don’t know when/if they are open.

Answered on 5/13/2021:

Hello, if you are in inside Joshua Tree National Park and paid an overnight camping fee which is about $30 at any of the multiple camp sites then yes restrooms are available at every site. dispersed camping is not allowed inside the national park. Outside the national park restrooms are not available, visitor center inside the park has a detailed map to find the closest facilities
10 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

Well we had a revel sprinter van which had a toilet in it. But I suggest that you have a shovel and you walk far away from people and dig a hole deep and cover and leave no trace. The trail heads of the well-known hikes might have Sanicans or restrooms. I hope people who actually didn’t have toilets in their vehicle can help you a little bit more but it sure is beautiful out there.
8 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

No restrooms at all, it’s basic camping. There were tent campers and they were doing their business in nature.
8 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

No restrooms at all, it’s basic camping. There were tent campers and they were doing their business in nature.
FloJo Fleetwood
Oceanside, CA
34' Fleetwood Bounder
24 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

We’re in an RV, so our restroom situation is all set. But for tent campers, the Chiriaco Summit Chevron station is nearby, with facilities available to the public. We also know people who have portable camp toilets with disposable receptacles. A truck is bonus because you can keep it in the bed. Happy camping!
outbackescapades.fun
Tucson, AZ
15' Escapade 6' x 10'
Subaru Outback 2.5
9 reviews

Answered on 5/13/2021:

There are no restrooms here so will need to pack out waste. We’ve used a pop up tent before but this is our current bathroom set up: https://www.outbackescapades.fun/gear/camping-toilets-lets-do-this

Answered on 5/13/2021:

The last time I visited, there were no restroom facilities nearby without a drive into the park itself. There's a post on the Campendium blog about how to handle bathroom waste if you're tent (or truck) camping: https://www.campendium.com/camping/campers-guide-to-human-waste/

Answered on 5/13/2021:

There are no bathrooms or toilets in this dispersed camping area. You'll want to bring your own environmentally friendly toileting solution. Campendium has some proper waste disposal tips here: https://www.campendium.com/camping/leave-no-trace-boondocking/