Beyond its 101-site campground, Indian Cove offers a 0.6-mile long interpretive trail, a picnic area, and plenty of rocks for climbers. The picnic area serves as the starting point for an unmaintained trail up Rattlesnake Canyon. The rock formations around Indian Cove are perfect for bouldering, rock hopping, and more serious climbing. Have some fun in the sun and burn some calories leaping and climbing up the mountain of sandstone boulders.
Indian Cove Campground
The nature trail is a, 0.6-mile loop with interpretive signs to help visitors identify the Yucca and other plants and animals. The large campground has over a hundred sites, each nestled among towering rocks. Check out the photos below to see the campground, surrounding trails, and wildflowers.
Like Fortynine Palms Oasis, Indian Cove is not accessible from Park Blvd. The cove, has its own access road off Route 62 between the cities of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. When other campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park are full, there may still sites available at Indian Cove.
Bouldering in Rattlesnake Canyon near Indian Cove
To get to the trailhead: From inside the park, exit the north entrance and make a left on Route 62. Drive 6.8 miles through the city of Twentynine Palms and turn south on Indian Cove Road. Take this for 3 miles past a ranger station to the campground. Turn right to get to the informational trail, turn left to get to the picnic area and bouldering.
Trailhead address: Indian Cove Road, Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Trailhead coordinates: 34.094833, -116.15747 (34° 05′ 41.39″N 116° 09′ 26.89″W)
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|Fortynine Palms Oasis|
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|High View Nature Trail|
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|Lucky Boy Vista|
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|Wall Street Mill|
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|Joshua Tree Wildflowers|
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