Desert Camping Overview
Campgrounds in the California Desert number in the hundreds. Find Desert camping from Death Valley to Anza-Borrego with conveniences like flush toilets and showers, as well as popular and unique campgrounds to help you narrow the choice. These include National Parks, State Parks, County Parks and privately owned camping resorts. Desert camping includes everything from the beautiful and unforgiving Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks, to the sand dunes and badlands of Anza-Borrego and the refreshing riverside campgrounds along the Colorado River. Desert campgrounds of notable interest include the campsites at Tecopa Hot Springs, Jumbo Rocks Campground in Joshua Tree National Park and Mayflower Park Campground on the Colorado River. We've included as much detail as possible so you have a better idea of what to expect and whether camping reservations are required in advance.
PETS: Dogs are allowed at almost all campgrounds but must be kept on a leash, picked up after, and never left unattended. Most beach camping allows dogs in the campground but not on the beach.
CAMPING CHECKLIST - download our checklist of common camping supplies and you won't forget anything at home.
REI - rents camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns and more.
Looking for some late night campsite entertainment? Check out www.seasky.org for their celestial calendar including meteor showers.