Campground Guides

Hidden Valley Campground

Hidden Valley Campground, a wonderful home base for the rock-climbing enthusiasts, is not too distant from the Wonderland of Rocks, one of the stunning points of Joshua Tree National Park. Hidden Valley comprises of 44 campsites, all of which are open throughout the year. Each and every campsite features fire ring and grill; a picnic table, and parking pad or dirt area.


This campground has no water, and you will have to use a vault/pit for a toilet. Don’t expect to make any reservations at Hidden Valley because it operates on a first-come-first-served basis.


Some of the outdoor adventures to anticipate for include biking, camping, rock climbing, wildlife views, stargazing, bouldering, exploration of historical sites, and hiking around the Joshua Tree National Park. Don’t forget to stroll around the short loop that exits Barker Dam- it leads to a smaller lake.


The Joshua Tree National park is naturally characterized by an extremely dry climate and so the risk of fire is quite high. It is important to take the necessary precautions by creating campfires only in the authorized fire grills and rings around the picnic tables or park campgrounds. To be on the safe side, the fires must be kept small and it is always good to carry your own firewood. It is illegal to collect park vegetation from the campground to lit campfires, even if the vegetation is dead. One thing that you shouldn’t forget is to drench the fire completely before going to sleep. This means you should have sufficient water to do so.


Hidden Valley is like a paradise, given its big open areas with guarded campsites. However, keep in mind that the site is amidst a desert. If you find a wonderful spot, make the most out of it as good luck might be on your side.


As earlier mentioned, the park has no reservations. Pray for the good charms to favor you if you are heading there and don’t forget to carry your own water since there are no water sources within the campsite. Also, carry with you sufficient food for your stay. Note that the place is very hot and you might want to shower frequently- even more reasons to bring extra gallons of water.


Sunset at the Hidden Valley campground is without a question a sight to behold. Have you ever checked one of the dazzling sunsets in a desert? It is high time you give it a shot.


The climate

A day at the campground is very clear since the relative humidity is normally below 25%. During the spring and fall, the temperatures are very comfortable with an average high of 29°C and low of 10°C. Expect cooler temperatures during winter which reaches 15°C at daytime but freeze at night. It is not uncommon to find snow at higher elevations. During summer, the days get hotter, reaching 38°C but the temperatures drop to about 24°C at night. Since the climatic condition here is very drastic, it is advisable to check the weather forecast before heading to the campsite.


The expected costs

Hidden Valley campsite charges must be paid within an hour of picking a site. A single campsite can accommodate 6 individuals at most, two vehicles, and three tents if it is spacious enough. Certain sites may not accommodate two cars.


The route

You will find the campground 14 miles away from Joshua Tree town, outside Park Boulevard. The nearest places include Hidden Valley Nature Trail and Barker Dam. If you get in through the West Entrance of Joshua Tree, you will need to go on for another 10 miles and then you will find the campsite on the left side. If you use the North Entrance (Twentynine Palms), you will take 16miles on Boulevard park and find a campground on the right-hand side.