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Hidden Valley Campground

Joshua Tree National Park

Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, California

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  • While there are no double sites, there are plenty that are close enough to create a small group camping experience.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Most of the campsites in Hidden Valley Campground are near to the amazing rock piles.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Some sites seem to be afterthoughts that are situated just off of the road.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Rare shade here in a large site near the end of a loop.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Typical site in Hidden Valley Campground.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Plenty of room for exploration and scrambling right from the sites.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Hidden Valley Campground.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Max trailer length is limited to 25 feet, and there are no hookups.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • Vault toilet facilities at Hidden Valley Campground.- Hidden Valley Campground
  • - Hidden Valley Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to hiking. Sites near rock formations. Rocks and some trees may provide shade. Close to West Entrance Station.
Cons: 
Some micro-sites. Roadside sites are dusty. No water.
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Region:
Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, CA
Managed by: 
National Parks Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Hidden Valley Campground is the closest campground to the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and the West Entrance Station, and together with nearby Ryan Campground it gets the plenty of traffic from visitors looking to set up a base camp for a few days to explore the rest of Joshua Tree National Park. Yet there are plenty of advantages to this spot aside from its proximity to the West Entrance. The campground consists of a large loop and a spur road, and sites are generally tucked into the rock formations that are great for both scrambling/climbing and for shade. A few sites are also shaded by large pinyon pines, which produce the edible pinyon nuts that were a staple food for Native Americans in this area. If you're exploring a little farther afield, Hidden Valley Campground is just across the road from the highly recommended Hidden Valley Nature Trail, or the Boy Scout Trailhead is nearby if you'd like a longer hike. Barker Dam, Keys Ranch, and Wall Street Mill are also nearby fascinating stops, and the Keys View provides an excellent perspective on the park's situation in the valley.

Campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park are fairly straightforward affairs, and Hidden Valley Campground is no exception. There is no water here, so campers will definitely need to bring their own (plan on two gallons per person, per day, minimum). Water is available at the West Entrance and Indian Cove Ranger Station (no RV water access at either spot), Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds, and the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms.

None of the campgrounds in the park have RV hookups, though Black Rock and Cottonwood have dump stations. The maximum trailer length at Hidden Valley is 25 feet. Generators may be used from 7 to 9 a.m., 12 to 2 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m.

All 44 sites here are first-come, first-served. There are plenty of sites that are very small and tucked into tiny clearings in the rocks or just off the road; you'll also find a smaller number of roomy sites that can easily accommodate a larger party. Tent campers will have the most flexibility. Sites come with picnic tables and fire rings, and vault toilets are centrally located throughout the campground. Leashed pets are allowed in the campground, but not on park trails, and this is no place to leave a pet unattended.

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