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BLACK ROCK EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofJoshua Tree National Park, National Park Service
Photo: BLACK ROCK EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

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.

Activities 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
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.

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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