PS - Joshua Tree NP (Black Rock Campground)

  • Thu, October 24, 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • Sun, October 27, 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • Joshua Tree NP, CA
  • 15


  • Member who will drive their off-road vehicle and take 2 or more passengers on an off-road trip



Black Rock Campground, Joshua Tree National Park

Yucca Valley, California

Thursday October 24 thru Sunday October 27, 2019

Join us for a near-the-end-of-summer retreat located in the northwest corner of the Joshua Tree National Park at an elevation of 4,000 feet. The road to Black Rock Canyon dead-ends at the campground. Camp sites are located on a hillside at the mouth of the canyon surrounded by Joshua trees, junipers, cholla cacti and a variety of desert shrubs. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring with restrooms, flush toilets and water nearby. If you forget to bring a piece of equipment, shopping facilities are only five miles away in the town of Yucca Valley. Campsites vary in size. Campsites will be shared between tents. RVs will occupy their own site (no hookups). Carpooling is suggested wherever possible.  The hills behind the campground offer a variety of hiking trails. Spend free time enjoying the local desert scenery around the camp or venture out on a hike or scenic drive. We'll also have an off-road trip. We encourage off-road drivers to attend the event for the day with no fee if they take campers on the off-road trip.  The Black Rock Campground site information and campground map is available here.

Natural Features: The campground is located in the Little San Bernardino Mountains, at the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Accessed off Highway 62, the campground is situated in a high desert setting, in a Joshua Tree forest setting

Recreation: Campers enjoy access to a number of hiking trails which are accessed from the campground. The Black Rock Canyon Trail leads to an overview of the Coachella Valley, and the High View Nature Trail provides a panorama of Yucca Valley. Campers may also travel to tour Joshua Tree National Park on their own (Senior Pass or entrance fee required).

Campground Amenities: Accessible Flush Toilets - Campfire Rings - Drinking Water - Fire Rings - Firewood Vendor - Grills - Picnic Area -  Tent Pads - Trash Collection.  Cell phone coverage provided by major carriers in the Yucca Valley area. There is no WiFi service at the campground. Several supermarkets, a number of restaurants and a WalMart are located a short drive from the campground along Highway 62. There are no shower facilities at the campground; bring wet wipes. Pay showers are available near the JTNP Visitor Center at Coyote Corner located at the corner of Hwy. 62 and Park Blvd. ($5.00 for 7 minutes).

Campground Amenities For RVs: Camp sites have no electrical services, but have water spigots spaced throughout the campground. All of our RV sites are on dirt pull-through sites.  A dump station is located within the campground - bring $10 cash. A fresh water spigot is available at the dump station. 

Parking:  Parking is limited to two vehicles per site; extra vehicles are not permitted. A vehicle with trailer is considered two vehicles, as is an RV with a tow vehicle. The overflow parking is located along the road at the entrance to the campground.

Climate: Low 80’s / Lows Mid 40's: more detailed weather forecasts will be provided the week before the campout.


Final itinerary will be sent out the week of the camping event; details may change.

Thursday October 24

  • 2:00 PM Arrival; Site numbers will be provided via email before the event or look for the Great Outdoors banner. Call if needed (Dennis - 760 587-8042).
  • 6:00 PM Tea meet and greet. Bring appetizers you would like to share. Take head count for offroad/4x4 trip on Friday. Dinner on your own.
  • Sunset Campfire

Friday October 25

  • 7:00 AM coffee and danish
  • 9:00 AM Depart for hike
  • 10:00 AM Gather for 4x4/Offroad trip / Pack lunch
  • 3:00 PM Gather for a hike to the High View Nature Trail
  • 6:30 PM Potluck Dinner and 50/50 Raffle
  • Sunset Campfire

Saturday October 26

  • 7:00 AM coffee and danish
  • 9:00 AM Gather for hike on Black Rock Canyon Trail
  • 2:00 PM Gather for 4x4 trip or hike
  • 5:00 PM Dinner on your own 
  • 7:00 PM Campfire.

Sunday October 27

  • 7:00 AM coffee and danish
  • Noon - checkout

* Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

What to Bring: Ten Essentials, camping/cooking gear, hat and sunscreen, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item for Friday night, 1-2 bundles of local firewood for the group campfire - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. Bring cash (or credit card) for optional events. 

Pets: Dogs must be kept on 6' leash. No pets on trails. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are rattlesnakes at this location.

Note: You must be a paid member of one of the five Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters to register for this event. If not currently a member, you can join at registration. Each member must individually sign into their own account in order to register for this event.  By attending any event sponsored by Great Outdoors Palm Springs, you hereby agree to adhere to the GOPS Policies concerning Code of Conduct.

Address: 9678 Black Rock Canyon Rd, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.   Google map link - click here.  


From I-10: Take exit 117 for Highway 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) and travel north approximately 20 miles towards Yucca Valley.  Turn right on Joshua Lane.  Drive approximately 5 miles to Black Rock Campground.

Payments: Payments may be made online at registration your credit card.

Refunds: You must email the Trip Leader if you need to cancel at

Children: There may be children present. Parents or guardians will need to complete a special liability release form for minors before attending this event.  Contact the Trip Leader below for further information.

Trip Leader/Contact: Dennis -

Health Problems/Allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with the camp out leader if you wish.

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