Something Josh and I LOVE doing when we are back home in California is camping…and with the landscape here in beautiful So Cal there are a variety of camping experiences to be had. There is hike in camping, mountain camping, desert camping, forest camping, beach camping….ALL the camping. One of our favorites is Joshua Tree, there is something really unique about the area and whenever out of towners come to visit we usually take them there and it always is a great time. This summer alone we have gone camping in Joshua Tree at least 6 times.
Joshua Tree is a National Park and costs $20 for entrance. This summer we purchased an Annual National Park Pass for $80 and we have already gotten our money’s worth from visiting the Grand Canyon and the Joshua Tree visits.
There are 9 campgrounds in Joshua Tree (per the National Park website) but we always camp at Jumbo Rock, which costs $15 a night per camp site. There are over a hundred campsites in Jumbo Rock and during the Summer months it is very empty (with the exception of some holiday weekends). I’m sure everyone has their own opinions on what makes a good camp site but to us Jumbo Rock is great because you are surrounded by the giant rocks that are a huge part of Joshua Tree’s charm and you can easily climb up on some rocks to look at the stars at night. Something I would recommend on a trip to Joshua Tree is to check out the moon before you go. Since Joshua Tree is far away from big city lights you should visit when the moon is small and you will be impressed with the amount of stars (planes and satellites) you can easily see at night.
Although the scenery at Joshua Tree is beautiful and unique, one of my favorite parts of any camping trip has to be the food. There is something about cooking anything over a fire that makes it taste delicious (I’m serious, I heated up an old burrito from Del Taco over the fire and it was amazing!). This summer Josh has been all about cooking up steak which seems to be a crowd pleaser. More recently I have been enjoying a vegetarian life style and find that vegan tamales and Dr. Praeger’s black bean patties cook up really nicely over the fire as well. When it comes to sides you can’t beat chips, salsa, hummus, pretty much anything you enjoy eating will only taste better when eating it out camping. And for dessert, you can’t beat good old fashioned smores. Usually I’m not a big fan of smores, but we had some people visiting from out of the country and felt an obligation to make smores…. My new favorite method is to use cinnamon sugar graham crackers and nutella…..trust me when I say they are delicious!
And of course the most important part of camping is to make sure to bring along good company! Hope this post inspires some Joshua Tree visits!