Indian Cove Joshua Tree National Park camping and hiking

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.

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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, Indian Cove may still have available sites.

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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: 34.09488, -116.1685 (34° 05′ 41.6″N 116° 10′ 06.6″W)

Elevation Profile
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Photos

Indian Cove Campground
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Rattlesnake Canyon
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Johnson Canyon
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These photos were taken in March of 2007 and April of 2010. Click to enlarge.
Nearby Trails
Joshua Tree Oasis Trail Fortynine Palms Oasis
The 3-mile round trip hike visits a cool desert oasis.
Warren Peak Trail Warren Peak
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high view nature trail High View Nature Trail
This 1 1/3-mile loop climbs a ridge on the west side of the park that offers views of San Gorgonio Mountain and Yucca Valley, along with an introduction to desert plants.
desert queen mine trail Contact Mine
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Desert Queen Mine Trail Desert Queen Mine
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Lucky Boy Vista Trail Lucky Boy Vista
This level 2.5-mile hike visits a modest overlook at the site of an old mine.
Wall Street Mill trail Wall Street Mill
This level 1.55 to 2.15-mile hike visits a well-reserved gold mill, exploring the mining history of Joshua Tree National Park.
Barker Dam Trail Barker Dam
This level 1.5-mile loop visits a small foreign-looking reservoir within the Wonderland of Rocks.
Hidden Valley Trail Hidden Valley
This one mile loop circles the interior of a small valley surrounded by tall rocks that serves as an excellent bouldering arena.
Ryan Mountain Trail Ryan Mountain
This 3-mile hike offers summit views from the center of Joshua Tree National Park.
Keys View Trail Inspiration Peak
This 1.2-mile hike leaves the crowds at Keys View for even grander views at a 5,550-foot summit that looks out on the Coachella Valley, the Salton Sea, Mount San Jacinto, and much of Joshua Tree National Park.
Lost Horse Mine Trail Lost Horse Mine
This 4-mile hike visits a well-preserved mine and mill.
Cholla Cactus Trail Cholla Cactus Garden
This quarter-mile loop allows visitors to stroll through an intense concentration of cholla cacti.
Lost Palms Oasis Trail Lost Palms Oasis
This 7.2-mile hike visits a desert oasis nestled between mountains in the southeast corner of the park.
Mastodon Peak Trail Mastodon Peak
This 2.6-mile loop visits a 3,400-foot summit with panoramic views of southeastern Joshua Tree.
California Trails Hikes in the California Desert
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Camping
Joshua Tree Camping Joshua Tree Campgrounds
Nine campgrounds with 500 total sites are spread throughout the park to facilitate your visit.
Wildflowers
Joshua Tree Wildflowers Joshua Tree Wildflowers
The desert in bloom is something any outdoor enthusiast in California should see.
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Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet

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