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Old 04-14-2016, 01:45 PM   #1
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Joshua Tree National Park question

...anyone stay at Joshua Tree National Park? I have a 45 footer. It has a 35 feet limit and it's open ground.

What do you all think? The satellite view shows plenty of room.

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Which campground in Joshua are you looking at?
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...anyone stay at Joshua Tree National Park? I have a 45 footer. It has a 35 feet limit and it's open ground.

What do you all think? The satellite view shows plenty of room.

Thanks!

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We spent New Year's at Black Rock but our coach is only 28.7 ft. Some sites are larger than others. If you can find the number for the CG, they are very helpful and found us a site even though we didn't have reservation and the website and signs said they were full. If for some reason they can not accommodate you and you have a toad, there is an RV Resort just outside the parks entrance where we had reservation but didn't need them.
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I wouldn't try, most of the campgrounds are for smaller class C's. And a couple I can think of would be a long back out. I dought you would fit at the southern one Cottonwood. You can boondock at Chiriaco Summit on the south edge at General Patton Memorial, but not a bad drive from Indio a bit west or 29 Palms on the north side with good CG's.

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Try these ideas.

Try the campground in 29 palms gulf course. Or if your retired military, the base has a nice camp ground, well it was nice in 2001.
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My motorhome is a 23 foot Class C. The sites at Cottonwood (where I stayed in November) were just enough to fit it. Anything much larger will be a problem. Most sites are pretty much like the one I had.

Yes, calling the park is a good idea.

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We couldn't find any open sites to park our 38' plus toad, so we stayed at Shadow Hills in Indio. Nice RV park.

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Ok, here's the skinny... We've been camping at JT since 2005. What I would suggest is to go to Jumbo Rocks campground in the park. Along the main drive (don't go into the loops - you're too big) toward the back you will find a half dozen spots that will accommodate you.

These are all first come first served and will be busy most every weekend other than summer. Your trick will be to get there during the day on Thursday if you're planning to stay the weekend.

Its all dry camping with no dump. Fresh water is available at the visitor centers but you pay $.75 / gal. Fill up prior to getting there.

Good luck, and don't tell anyone else the secrets I shared with you.
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I don't know about Jumbo Rocks for a 45' motorhome. That road is very narrow if you have an oncoming vehicle or have to turn around. If you found a site along the road they are also narrow and you might not be able to extend your slides.

Here are pictures of all the sites but it's really hard to tell how wide they are on some.


Whatever you do, unhook your towed vehicle and drive it through first to see what's in there!

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Hi Road_King,
Try 29 Palms like DCDan posted. Go to 29 Palms Resort - Home for information. It is a nice place for a long coach. It is very near the Joshua Tree NP.
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Try 29 Palms like DCDan posted. Go to 29 Palms Resort - Home for information. It is a nice place for a long coach. It is very near the Joshua Tree NP.
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At $37.28 to $43.60 a night it must be a very nice place.
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...thanks for the comments. I already made reservations and going to try for it.

We'll see.

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OK where did you make the reservation?
Be sure and do the Ryan ranch tour in the NE part of the park, you will not regret.
Also get on the dirt roads and see so much, with a bit of day hiking too. And be sure to keep pumping in the water beyond what y o u think you need.

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We camped in Joshua Tree in a 40 ft. MH in early February this year. We found that the roads to the campsites up the hill from the visitor centre were poorly maintained, with large potholes and deep furrows where water had carved channels that would have caused us to bottom out. Also, the branches of the Joshua Trees along the campsite access roads have not been trimmed back sufficiently to prevent scratching the sides or brushing equipment off the top of a Class A coach. The turn radius of many turns leading out of the paved area near the registration building are very tight and poorly marked. Arrive in plenty of time to examine site choices in daylight. Disconnect your toad along the entry road, or at a minimum, in the paved registration building parking area. Watch out for the Joshua Trees hanging over the pavement even here. Drive the toad to any site that is offered to assess whether your coach will navigate the route to the site without damage. The person we spoke to on the phone number listed for making telephone registrations was based in Florida, and had never visited Joshua Tree. She had to work from the on line, simple, un-dimensioned map like the single page one provided at the registration centre. Park Staff are helpful, but may not have had the experience of navigating a large coach over their terrain without damaging it. Having driven our toad through the camping areas in the jumbled rocks area, I would not take my coach there and try to camp anywhere.

For convenience and fullest enjoyment of the park, being able to camp right there offers the best experience, versus camping in Palm Springs or somewhere away from the park. We were able to back straight into a stall near the wheelchair access sites near the registration building and put out our slides after careful observation of the Joshua Trees flanking the site. It is a lovely place to visit, just recognize that it is not designed for big rigs, and park system budget restrictions have severely affected maintenance of the sites and roads. It is not a 'manicured' RV park by any means. Despite all that, we will go back to spend more time exploring the beauty of the park. Let us know where you park and whether spring maintenance has improved any of the conditions I have described. Enjoy your stay.
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