BLACK ROCK EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND, CA

Black Rock Campground lies among one of the thickest Joshua tree forests in Joshua Tree National Park. Its location on the park's northern perimeter makes it a popular rest stop for hikers, birders, horseback riders and RV campers. Black Rock is one of only two campgrounds in ...
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Know Before You Go
  • Access into the main portion of the park from the campground, is via the California Riding and Hiking Trail.

  • If you arrive after noon on the day following your first reserved night, call 760-367-3001; if you cannot call, check in or visibly occupy your site by noon you will forfeit your site.

  • Equestrian sites are for campers with horses only; there are no horse corrals; sites have shared hitching posts, fire pits and picnic tables.
    Restrooms are available in the adjacent family campground.

  • Dogs are not permitted on the trails and may not be left unattended in the campground.

  • Gathering firewood is not allowed in the park.

  • This facility has a backcountry registration board; visitors who will be backpacking in the park are required to park and register at a backcountry registration board.
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Nonspecific+ EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC 6 35
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Black Rock Campground lies among one of the thickest Joshua tree forests in Joshua Tree National Park. Its location on the park's northern perimeter makes it a popular rest stop for hikers, birders, horseback riders and RV campers. Black Rock is one of only two campgrounds in the national park that can be reserved during the busy winter season; it is open on a first-come, first-served basis from June 1 through September 30.

Travelers who enjoy warm, dry winters flock to Joshua Tree from October through May, when temperatures hover between 70 to 90 degrees during the day and drop anywhere between 40 to 60 degrees at night. Summer is the park's off-season due to uncomfortably high desert heat. Black Rock is at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a mix of both sun and shade.

Natural Features:

The unique shape of Joshua trees and the huge rocks that surround them draw tourists and scientists alike to the national park. Within the Black Rock facility, the surrounding trees form silhouettes against the landscape during sunrise and sunset and display bunches of blooming white flowers in early spring.

Campers staying at Black Rock may have the chance to view the elusive desert tortoise, found only in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Visitors may also want to keep their eyes out for more typical desert inhabitants such as lizards, rattlesnakes, scorpions, coyotes, ravens and desert tarantulas during the cooler months of the year. Bobcats and mountain lions do live in the park, however they are rarely seen near humans. Birders may also be pleasantly surprised at the variety of species found around the campground.

Recreation:

Equestrians will enjoy the variety of trails around Black Rock for day rides, including some with spectacular views of the low desert and high peaks around Palm Springs.

Facilities:

The facility is convenient for RV camping, complete with flush toilets and a dump station. There are no hookups. Black Rock is one of two campgrounds in the national park that provides drinking water. Showers, laundry and other amenities are available in the town of Yucca Valley five miles away.

Booking Window
Sat Apr 26 2014 - Fri Oct 24 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Sun May 25 2014
Walk In Mon May 26 2014 Thu Oct 02 2014
Peak Fri Oct 03 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Sun May 24 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Information Center
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Star Gazing
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
May 25 2014
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $15.00
Walk In Season
May 26 2014 -
Oct 02 2014
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $15.00
Peak Season
Oct 03 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $15.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
May 24 2015
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $15.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.07167, -116.38917
34°4'18"N, 116°23'21"W

Take Interstate 10 to Route 62 into the town of Yucca Valley. Turn south on Joshua Lane and follow signs to campground, about five miles from the turn.

If coming south on Highway 247, go straight across Highway 62 and continue onto Joshua Lane. There will be no sign for the park as you cross Route 62.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BLACK ROCK EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND
9800 Black Rock Canyon Road
Yucca Valley CA 92284

Phone Number:

Information: (760)367-3001
For general park information call 760-367-5500.
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