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Cottonwood Campground

Joshua Tree National Park

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Group Sites

$35 - 40

Group Price
1 Star Quality


Year Round

Cottonwood is the only campground in the lower Colorado Desert section of the park, and it serves as the park’s southern hub of activity. Due to its location, this campground is fully exposed to the sun and open desert.

While it’s not the most glamorous campground, there are some nice amenities that come along with it. RV and trailer campers will enjoy the large open driveways, each loop has a restroom with flush toilets and potable drinking water, and there is an amphitheater which has regular weekend evening programs. There are 62 individual campsites broken into two loops (A and B) which each have 31. Site #11 on the A loop is about the only one you might want to avoid if you’re an RV camper since its picnic table is set back a little bit.

These campsites are all first-come first-served, with the exception of the three group sites located at the entrance to the campground. The group sites can be reserved 12 months ahead of time.

First-Come First-Served
for Individual Campsites

Self-register at the information kiosk at the entrance to the campground. Individual sites are $20 per night.

Make a Reservation
for Group Campsites

Group campsites cost $35 - 40 per night, and can be reserved up to 12 months in advance.


Drinking Water
Firewood for Sale
Picnic Tables
Pit Toilets
Flush Toilets
RV Dump Station
Electric Hookups
Overflow Parking
Dogs Allowed
Cottonwood Campground Map


  • Take exit 168 off I-10 and head north onto Cottonwood Springs Road. Continue for 6.8 miles, and then the visitors center will be on your right. Turn right onto Cottonwood Springs Road and look for the entrance to the campground on your left.
  • Driving Directions

    Permits & Fees

  • $25 : Joshua Tree Entrance Fee
  • $20 : Per night for Individual Campsites
  • $35 - 40 : Per night for Group Campsites


  • Year Round

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Cottonwood Springs Oasis

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