Gold Park Road

Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office

Free Camping Near Joshua Tree National Park

Gold Park Road lies on BLM Land, just minutes away from the North Entrance to Joshua Tree NP. The road is sand and gravel, and well-packed in most places, but there areas of soft sand. This area is for 4WD vehicles only. Trailers are okay as long as they are under 20 feet in length, anything larger may prove difficult to pull out of soft sand. This area is often frequented by local off-road enthusiasts, so there may be noise at times.

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Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office

Barstow Field Office:
Tel: (760) 252-6000


GPS: 34.0883, -116.0132
Reservations: first-come, first-served
Camping Fee: none
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Amenities: none


Joshua Tree NP Overflow Parking, published by NPS, 2015
Joshua Tree NP Map, published by NPS, 2018
Joshua Tree NP Visitor Guide, published by NPS, 2014
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Gold Park Road, BLM Camping

Note: Gold Park Road has areas of soft sand, and it’s easy to get stuck here. Only bring 4WD vehicles here. Also note, this area is located in a wash, avoid camping here when rain is in the forecast.

How Crowded: Usually no one here due to being a lesser-known camping area.

How Noisy or Peaceful: Mostly peaceful and serene here, though sometimes off-road riders will come through here.

Cellular Phone Signal: Verizon, T-Mobile, comes in fairly well. AT&T is weaker, though still usable.

Road Conditions: Gravel road, but soft in many places. 4WD vehicles only.

Amenities Within Campground: No amenities.

Cost of Camping: Completely free.

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