STARS: 2.5 of 5

BLACK ROCK CAMPGROUND, JOSHUA TREE, CA: GPS 34.0745° N, 116.3894° W

If I was rating Black Rock at Joshua Tree for tent camping, I would rate it higher... maybe 4 out of 5. But because I am rating this as an RV campground, I must rate it significantly lower. There are several reasons. The roads are terrible; they are semi-paved with huge potholes, rough edges, drop off shoulders, etc. The turns are super sharp. Getting in and out of the campground in a trailer or RV is very challenging. Granted, we are new RVers, but it would definitely take a skilled driver not to be intimidated by the layout and the quality of the roads. Also, when we were there the winds were between 15 and 35 mph. Granted it was a windy time, but according to people we spoke with, it is often windy. The trails do not allow dogs because of the impact the dogs smell has on the big horn sheep in the area.

On the plus side, it is very beautiful. It is in a good location to explore the park. It is close to Palm Springs if you have needs to go there. Some of the tent camping sites would score a 5 out of 5 for their beauty and layout. There were nice public bathrooms with flushing toilets and running water.