Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree National Park
Updated: May 20
Another favorite place is Jumbo Rocks Campground. It is centrally located and we stay here to explore other areas of the park. It is a large campground with 124 sites. It can accommodate trailers and RVs and all sites may be reserved so you will need to log on to https://www.recreation.gov to check the specific site for your trailer or RV.
There is s short nature trail to Skull Rock. A favorite stop for most visitors.
It is a 5.5-mile drive to Barker Dam. There is a loop 1.1-mile easy nature trail that takes you out to the dam and back. There are many interesting rock formations and some native rock art along the way.
Another interesting hike is the Wall Street Mill Trail. The trailhead starts just east of the Barker Dam area from a dirt parking lot off Queen Valley Road. We have never walked all the way to the old mill site but have explored the bolder wonderland along the trail. We have seen many rock climbers in the area with an endless supply of formations to scale.
Keys View is a 12.5-mile drive from the campground with panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Mexico. It is wheelchair accessible.
There are a lot of interesting formations right around the campgrounds and a short path to the amphitheater.