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Old 02-05-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Joshua Tree National Park

Are the campgrounds in Joshua Tree big rig friendly? I have a 40ft DP and will be towing my car. I sent an e-mail to the ranger and she said Black Rock and Cottonwood are both big enough. When I go to reserve.com web site it says max length 35 ft. If anybody has been there with a motorhome I would like your input. I don't totally trust rangers because most don't drive a big MH. Thank You
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Hi maint1,
About the only place I know of that is really big rig friendly is TwentyNine Park RV Resort, 800-874-4548. The CG is about 3 miles from the North entrance to Joshua Tree NP. Being on the north side of the NP is a good location. There are two things to see north of JT NP. From the CG head west and then north to the town of Amboy. There is not much there except for a diner and gas station that has been kept just the way it was back in the 50s and 60s. I do mean everything is the way it was. After a nice lunch, head west about 4 miles to Amboy Crater Nat Monument. One can hike the debris field to the crater (about 1 mile one way). One can climb the cinder dome and go into the crater. If you go, have plenty of water and good hiking shoes. The debris field is full of ah ah lava.
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Is that diner still opened ??
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Hi Chuck 1935,
It was open a year and a half ago. I was there in the summer of 2009. Even if it is not open now, I'd go there just to see Amboy Crater again. The crater area is what a volcanic debris field is like before humans clean it up.
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Hi Chuck 1935,
It was open a year and a half ago. I was there in the summer of 2009. Even if it is not open now, I'd go there just to see Amboy Crater again. The crater area is what a volcanic debris field is like before humans clean it up.
I used to camp out there in the late 60's with my wife and kids. We rode dirt bikes (didn't tear up the dessert) and would ride up to Kelso and Mitchell Caverns. The kids would go into the Kelso station and get sugar cookies. The phone booth at the station had phone number KELSO #1. We were the only people out there. We never saw anyone else.
In November I stopped in to see where we camped and if anything had changed. Now the Kelbaker road is PAVED and the station is now a MUSEUM. When I talked to the museum folks they acted like I was Seldom Seen Slim straight out of the hills. The Ranger said if we tried to ride dirt bikes now, he would have us arrested. Michell Caverns was taken over by the state and is now closed due to lack of funds. Progress, ain't it grand
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