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I knew it was going to be a good trip when the Ranger warned us that our camping spot (#15 at Indian Cove, where Picnic boulder is located) was literally surrounded by Boy Scouts. He already had a few other spots picked out for us, assuming we wanted to move (if this ever happens to you, MOVE SITES and thank me in the morning)…our new site was further away from any climbing areas, but much, much quieter.
We rented a second crash pad from Joshua Tree Outfitters, which is located just around the corner from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center. Renting couldn’t be easier, and for $20 for two days, we couldn’t complain.
We were able to work on Pixie boulder near the entrance to Indian Cove Campground, as well as Porkchop and Lonely Boulder 1 (at least, I think that is the name?) in the main part of the park.
Let’s just say that this little lady needs to spend more time in the gym! I need to improve my endurance and finger strength before heading out again. Yes, I was climbing in a cowl…I wasn’t feeling too great and there was a chill in the air, so I thought I could stay cozy in it. I love it, and it is the perfect “campfire chic orange”, don’t you think? You can buy one in your choice of color from SusannahBean Handmade. I accidentally shrank my leggings, so they don’t usually come that low in the back, in case you were planning on getting a pair (information below)
Tips for your trip to Joshua Tree National Park:
- There is a flush toilet right after the entrance to the main part of the park (the rest are vault, and wee-folk like me may have a hard time using those)
- Eat at Crossroads Cafe around the corner from the Visitors Center and next door to Joshua Tree Outfitters – You won’t be sorry. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and bacon-lover options, which is fantastic. The decor is pretty neat, and the staff is really nice
- Stay in Indian Cove Campground – If you want to stay in the north part of the park, we prefer this campground to Black Rock because of the scenery and once it gets dark, the campfires reflect off of the rocks surrounding the campsites to make for quite the sight
- Plan your trip around a full moon – You won’t be sorry once the moon rises, it gets so bright and the stars shine so brightly
- Bring plenty of water – There isn’t much potable water in the park, so bring a ton of your own…like, double the amount you think you will need. It will be warmer than you think and a lot drier than you’ll probably anticipate