From the bloggers at Watson Wander.
Three winters ago we went on a day trip through Joshua Tree National Park. An entire day of driving took us through the park from south to north where we saw Pinto Mountain, strolled around the dense and dangerous Cholla garden, picnicked among the jumbo rocks and Joshua Trees, and even made a detour on the sandy 4×4 Geology Loop. It was an amazing journey that left us vowing to go back for more.
Fast forward to this winter where we found ourselves less than two hours from Joshua Tree. Hmm…seems like the perfect opportunity to make good on our vow to return. We knew that staying inside the park was not an option during the work week due to the lack of reliable cell service, but we also knew that there was some BLM land right outside the south entrance to the park. Free camping less than five miles from a national park? Yes please!
This is a well known, easy to find, easy to access, super convenient, super scenic, and super awesome boondocking area. Basically, you get off I-10 at the exit for Joshua Tree NP, follow Cottonwood Springs Rd. for one mile, and then turn either left or right on the dirt road. There are numerous open spots all along the road for several miles in both directions. For GPS coordinates, reviews, and photos check out the listing on Campendium.com.
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