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part ofJoshua Tree National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Sheep Pass Group Campground is centrally located within Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California and is easily accessible to hiking trails and rock climbing routes. It is one of three group campgrounds in the park. Towering rock formations and uniquely-shaped Joshua trees surround the facility.

Travelers who enjoy warm, dry winters flock to Joshua Tree from October through May, when temperatures hover in the 70 to 90-degree range during the day and drop to a 40 to 60-degree range at night. Summer is the park's off-season due to the uncomfortably-high desert heat. Sheep Pass is at an elevation of 4,500 feet and has a mix of both sun and shade.

Natural Features:

The distinctive shape of Joshua trees and the huge rocks that surround them draw tourists and scientists alike to the national park. Joshua trees are a member of the yucca family that have long evergreen leaves, shaggy bark and bunches of white flowers that bloom in spring. The rocks were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago and have been exposed and shaped by wind and water over time. They brighten with soft pastel hues in the morning and evening sunlight and glow with campfire light at night.

Visitors may want to keep their eyes out for typical desert inhabitants such as lizards, rattlesnakes, scorpions, ravens, squirrels, coyotes 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.


Sheep Pass is very close to many hiking trails, popular rock climbing routes and a central location for sightseeing within the park.


There are six group sites within the campground. Electrical hookups and drinking water are not provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rock Climbing
  • Star Gazing
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is limited to tent camping only; recreational vehicles and habitable trailers are prohibited
  • Pets are not allowed on trails and are restricted to developed areas only
  • Gathering firewood is not allowed within the national park
  • If you will arrive more than 24 hours after your scheduled arrival, please call 760-362-4367
  • Rock climbing and hiking are available in the area, but organized or special events may require a permit from the Special Use Office; call 760-367-5545

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.99917, -116.11806
33°59'57"N, 116°7'5"W

Take Interstate 10 to Route 62. From the town of Joshua Tree turn south on Park Blvd. and continue through the West Entrance. The campground is 13 miles from the entrance station and the city of Twentynine Palms.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Dr
Twentynine Palms  CA  92277

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)362-4367
For general park information call 760-367-5500

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