Joshua Tree, San Bernardino County California
Located just a few minutes from both Joshua Tree National Park Welcome centers is a free boondocking site for nature lovers, ohv’ers, RC aircraft & car lovers. Or if you are in the area and need a free place to camp you’ll like this place too.
Boondocking Basic Site: Mostly level, dirt & sand, fire rings – standard BLM site. CAUTION: The roads have a bit of sway and bumps to them. If you arrive after dark, just pull off to the side as soon as you can and wait till daylight to navigate this area and pick a spot.
Reasons to Visit: Joshua Tree National Park, Morongo Basin Humane Society
This was an easy launching point for our visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree is a place I have loved since I lived in Southern California in the 90’s. Full of mystery, charm and the most unique selection of foliage I have ever seen. Rattlesnakes are abundant and the desert floor is quite fragile so please stay on the trails.
It’s not just the foliage that’s different, even the sand and rocks are different. It’s a very spiritual place to be and when you visit, make sure you allow a couple of hours at least. Driving through is a nice way to see a lot of it, but it’s not until you get off the beaten path that you really see some amazing and wonderful sights. You can backpack throughout the National Park with a back country permit, but we prefer our comfortable memory foam bed over a bedroll on the desert floor.
Morongo Basin Humane Society – If you are like us you just don’t have enough room to have all the pets on board you would like. One of the things we enjoy doing, and sometimes yes it’s very difficult to do, is to visit local Animal Shelters and Humane Societies and love on the animals. JED in particular is a “cat guy” and even though we have Bird on board, she does nothing for his cat cuddle needs. Morongo Basin is a NO KILL shelter and they are struggling. They are taking in more than adopting out, and having lots of experience in that industry I can tell you that these folks are trying VERY VERY hard. The animals are well cared for but need forever homes. They also need volunteers and support. Do what you can for them if you are here, please? https://www.facebook.com/mbhumanesociety
What’s nearby: Joshua Tree National Park, Twenty Nine Palms, California & Joshua Tree, California