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Belle Campground

Belle Campground Rd., Twentynine Palms, California 92277 USA

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“in rocky high country”

This small (18 site) campground is at an elevation of 3,800 ft (1,158 m). First-come, first-served. Pit toilets. No water so bring plenty of your own. Belle is a great campground to see dark night skies. When you arrive, look for an open, vacated site. Move into an open site and set up camp. Then proceed as soon as possible to an entrance station to complete registration and pay. If arriving after entrance stations close, payment may be delayed until morning.

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Reviews of Belle Campground

26 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.8 Access
4.9 Location
5.0 Cleanliness
4.7 Site Quality
4.6 Noise

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Confirmed by 3 users | Last reported on September 18, 2018

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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 12, 2016
Rated

Note it is $20 to get into Joshua Tree, that permit is valid for 7 days. Posted at the campground was a sign and envelopes $14 per night. Rules were basic, except running your generator there are specific 2 hour blocks three times a day that they can be run.

We found a pretty level pull through site plenty big enough for our Airstream and truck. There were a few composting toilets throughout the park. Trash and recycling. There was no internet in the park, we drove to the Visitor Center about 6 miles away for Internet.

With no internet we were forced to enjoy the beauty around us. We enjoyed the 4 mile Lost Horse Mine hike and the Skull hike. The sky's were clear at night and the stars were out in full force. Reminded me of home in Vermont.- Written by Amy

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Nightly Rate: $14.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 17

4 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 14, 2016
Rated

Its everything you'd want from Joshua Tree. Big rocks, Joshua Trees, Yuccas... We really loved this beautiful, peaceful spot! Out of many campgrounds this is one of our top 5. Its a small campground so get there really early and don't even think about coming on a Saturday unless you're feeling really lucky.

There is no water in the park, but the visitor's center has drinking water and isn't too far away. There is also no cell service in the park, again the visitor's center is were you'll find wifi and in town there is a library with free wifi.

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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 15

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

March 17, 2016
Rated

This was our first visit to Joshua Tree, so we had our heart set on staying in the middle of the park. We were nervous as all those campgrounds are first come, first served, but we arrived around 10 am on Sunday and lucked out. We had to wait a few hours for someone to leave at noon, but we were happy to wait to secure our spot.

Site #5 was perfect for our trailer and Sequoia. They were parked side-by-side, but not too close; we were still able to pull out the trailer's awning. This site is sprawling and backs up to some boulders that the kids loved to climb on, and it's secluded from other sites so we felt like we were all alone even though the campground was full each night. It was pretty level. The campground well cared for and clean, and the rangers visit quite often. At the entrance, campers leave magazines you can borrow and/or leave your own. The vault bathrooms were fine. The road isn't close enough that you hear many cars or see their lights at night. It's very peaceful and the stars are abundant. Though Jumbo Rocks and Ryan would have been more centrally located among the highlights of the park, we were very comfortable at Belle and didn't mind the repeated drives to Hidden Valley or Keys View. Overall, we had a blast for four days and three nights there and enjoyed all our hikes--49 Palms, Lost Horse Mine, Skull Rock, Hall of Horrors, Barker Dam, Arch Rock, and Ryan Ranch. This was such an enjoyable trip!

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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 5

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

March 30, 2016
Rated

Of all the campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, the Belle Campground offers the best experience. The setting is classic Joshua Tree, with large granite boulders and the namesake tree surrounding the campsites. Compared to other Joshua Tree campgrounds, it is small (less than 20 campsites), secluded and quiet. Its central location is convenient to most of the highlights within the park. It also has a small handful of sites that can fit larger trailers, unlike the other interior campgrounds in the park where anything bigger than a large camper van is pushing it. Overall, the setting is lovely but due to the small number of suitable sites, RVers might have a really difficult time finding a spot in this campground on weekends and any busy time for the park.

The Belle Campground has trash bins and vault toilets, but no potable water on site and no dump station (we used the dump station at Cottonwood Spring campground to the south, and filled up our portable water containers at the Oasis Visitor Center to the north as needed).

As of January 2015, we had very intermittent Verizon with a booster, but not reliable enough for working. The best service we had in the park was at the junction of Pinto Basin Road and Park Boulevard (3 bars of AT&T 3G). We also had bits of Verizon service along the road between the North Entrance Station and the Pinto Basin Road junction. The library and McDonalds in 29 Palms have decent wifi.

Another thing worth noting… We came in through the Cottonwood entrance at the southern end of the park and the sign at the visitor center noted that all of the northern campgrounds were full as of 10:00 am on a Monday in January. That was not the case and we are glad that we did not rely on that sign for making a decision.

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Nightly Rate: -

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
ZombieCat

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June 26, 2017
Rated

I spent one night in Joshua Tree National Park at Belle Campground. I chose this location because, well...there weren't many sites available on the day I arrived. The sites are first come, first served. I recommend arriving earlier in the day in order to reserve a campsite that works for you (RV, tent).

The location for my tent was tucked into a ring of rocks, which provided some privacy. However, many of the sites were close together. My neighbors were just on the other side of a low rock and I could hear their music/conversations after I had gone to bed.

I also noticed that the sites were bare - very little vegetation beyond the namesake Joshua Trees and only a few rocks to aid in anchoring a tent. I credit this to the frequent, heavy use of all the campsites in the park. It's very popular with people living in or near Los Angeles, CA.

Each site has a picnic table and the pit toilets are nearby. There aren't any water spigots, so bring your own water. My site would not have accommodated an RV, as it was very small and shared a parking area with the neighboring site.

Even with the minor drawbacks, Joshua Tree is still a wonderful park and Belle Campground was fine.

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Nightly Rate: $14.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 13

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

October 25, 2017
Rated

We stayed two nights in JTNP and enjoyed every minute of it. The rangers originally suggested we find a spot at Jumbo Rocks CG, but we found Belle to quieter, easier to navigate, and better for parking our 38' motorhome and toad. Parking among the rocks was wonderful. We met other campers who were very nice and we enjoyed hearing owls and coyotes in the evenings. Glorious sunsets from camp, too. The only negative was the first pit toilet you encounter was very fragrant (not in a good way). Those camped across from it must have suffered. The facility on our our back loop has zero oder that we could detect. I wish we'd had longer to stay and relax in this campground and to explore more of the park.
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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 17

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

December 01, 2017
Rated

Joshua Tree is one of our favorite places in California so we may be a bit bais but Belle is a perfect little campground. Sites 2 and 3 don't have much privacy but are very easy back ins for trailers 25' +. No cell service, no water, pit toilets, perfect landscape and beautiful sunsets is what you can expect. Enjoy!

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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 2

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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AT&T

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Reviewed by
Campendium

January 06, 2018
Rated

Belle is a tiny campground with sites best suited for tents, camper vans and truck campers. Bigger rigs may be able to squeeze into a site or two, but options are limited.

Site 5 is the creme de la creme. It's tucked into a rock formation such that when you're camped you can neither see nor hear your neighbors. What a luxury! Traffic does pass by with relative frequency (especially once the sites start to fill throughout the park and people are getting desperate) but it wasn't enough to bother me. We were able to easily park two camper vans into this site with room to spare.

Sites have fire pits, charcoal grills, and concrete picnic tables. Clean long drop toilets and trash/recycling are available in the campground. No cell service, but driving a few miles down the road toward Twentynine Palms will get you Verizon and AT&T.

Site 5 has bolted climbing routes.

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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 5

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

January 17, 2018
Rated

We somehow manage to always arrive at first-come-first-serve national park campgrounds on a long weekend, realize this scheduling error the day prior, then get worried about finding a campsite. Arriving at Belle 1PM on a Thursday before the MLK long weekend we managed to snag the last spot long enough to accommodate our 28' Airstream. Fortunately it was a spot near the end of the loop around the rocks, and it turned out to be far quieter than the spots closer to the entrance which seemed to be party central that weekend.

Large boulders abound, with Joshua-trees a-plenty, Belle is a great spot for a more peaceful stay compared to other larger campgrounds in the park. Being further away from any of the more popular areas of the park there tends to be far less pedestrian and vehicle traffic - Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, and Hidden Valley in comparison is bustling with tourists and rock-climbers coming and going.

The downside of camping deep within JTNP is that there is no cell reception at all, no water spigots, and if you can't find a spot you'll need to drive long distances to other campgrounds to look for a spot.

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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 11

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 08, 2018
Rated

We arrived around sunset-and found that everything was full at Belle and Jumbo Rock (that could accommodate our 35ft Airstream. We ended up camping our first night in the BLM south of the National Park.
We got to Belle early the next day to make sure we got a spot. Site 4 was amazing! We could tuck our trailer way back in the rocks, had plenty of room for our truck. The site came with a charcoal grill, fire pit, and a picnic table. Our spot was very large-had a large rock with a spot to climb up and overlook the park.
Get there early-check out is noon, but it seemed most people left way before then and it fills up very quickly!
There is no cell service in the park-unless you climb up Ryan’s Mountain-which has awesome cell service.

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Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 4

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
1 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon

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Belle Campground

Belle Campground Rd.
Twentynine Palms, California
92277 USA
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Longest Vehicle Length Reported
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