Joshua Tree National Park White Tank Campground
4.3 rating
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Address: 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California 92277
GPS: 33.984178, -116.016974
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Local Directions: White Tank Campground is closest to the north entrance near Twenty Nine Palms. From the city of Twenty Nine Palms proceed east on Highway 62 ( 29 Palms Highway). Turn right on Utah Trail and proceed to the park entrance. Utah Trail turns into National Park blvd. Proceed approximately 7 miles and go left on El Dorado Mine Road also called Pinto Basin Road. Proceed approximately 5 miles and the campground will be on the left side. (Note: you will pass Belle Campground before White Tank Campground).

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Local Phone: 1-760-367-5500

September to June

15 RV Sites, 15 Tent Sites, 15 No Hookup

Daily Rates: $15.00 - $20.00

Facilities & Services
No Showers, No Water, Vault Toilets


All Ages, Pets Welcome

Max RV Length 25 ft
Total Sites15
RV Sites15
Tent Sites15
Max RV Length25 ft
No Hookup (15)
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4.3 star rating
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4 star rating
Unforgettable dry camping experience
February 19, 2017
Most recent stay was 4-28-16. We camped in a Tear Drop style RV, only 15' long w/o toilet or shower and thus rely on condition of campground's facilities near our site, so our critique is focused in that area. This is a National Park campground w/o the amenities of other private or some state campgrounds, BUT they do have a water fill / dump station on site and restroom with flush toilets and sinks, no hot water, no electricity. That being said, we still loved the true camping experience. Ran on battery power and propane for cooking and fridge.

Excellent large site with asphalt pad, sturdy picnic table, water spigot 50’ away and roomy site with green-way between and not close or tight against any of neighbor sites. Had plenty of room for our dining fly shelter. Could have added a tent even with our RV. Campground is located at most southern end of park. 1st come, 1st served and we had no problem selecting site. Takes 45 minutes to drive through park to reach other attractions and campgrounds of the most popular northern end. Lots of pull out and points of interest along the way. You won’t miss a thing. About a 15 degree temp change difference between south and north. It was warmer on the south end. Best to camp during spring or fall. During summertime, it can get very hot. Pitch black at night. You’ll be amazed at how many stars you can see. Absolutely a sight to behold. Peaceful & quiet.

We stayed here in a Teardrop Trailer.
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5 star rating
My favorite in Joshua Tree
July 11, 2014
This is my favorite spot in Joshua Tree and I go twice a year. There is a great hike that actually starts in the campground. Most of the spaces are fairly wide apart and its gorgeous there. Try to arrive during the week. It does fill on most of the in season weekends.

We stayed here in a Truck Camper.
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4 star rating
Nice small campground but no shade
October 17, 2012
White Tank is a nice small primitive campground (all campgrounds inside the main part of the park are primitive). Sites are well spaced and separated by boulders offering enough privacy. Each one has a picnic table, fire ring and grill. However, during the day there is little to no shade. The half mile Arch Rock Nature trail starts in the campground and the trail goes along the edge of one site. This means you can get a few hikers passing through the campground and even your site during the day. Nice sunsets. Big enough for small to mid size RVs. No running water only several vault toilets.

We stayed here in a Truck Camper.
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4 star rating
Splended campground but gets crowded during the day
Peter Indy
November 18, 2011
We found White Tank to be a very nice campground. There are only 15 sites and each site is surrounded or shielded by boulders, lending an air of privacy. The desert views are wonderful. There are no hookups here. No dumpstation or water either. Still it's worth staying here for the views. My only complaint is it can get crowded during the daytime because the campground is very close to a popular hiking trail and hikers often pass by to use the toilets. It shouldn't be a problem if you're hiking during the daytime yourself, but make sure your stuff is safe nonetheless. Also, this place is not good for big rigs because the sites are too small and the road too narrow.

We stayed here in a Travel Trailer.
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