Campgrounds in Riverside County, California

Campgrounds in Riverside County, California
Riverside County, Calif., goes from Orange County to the Colorado River, where the Arizona border forms. The Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area is mostly in the county, as is Joshua Tree National Park. Desert recreation can be found in Riverside County, from bouldering and rock-climbing to hiking and mountain biking. The Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument offer trails and recreation in the Riverside County region.

Two Springs RV Resort

The resort's sites have full hookups, including water, sewer, cable TV and 30- or 50-amp electric. Daily and weekly rates, as well as rates for longer stays, are available. Guests have access to showers, bathrooms, swimming pool, guest room and laundry. Pets are allowed if on a leash. It is a 90-minute drive to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, where there is desert hiking. Peninsular Bighorn Sheep can be spotted in the desert region of the monument.

Two Springs RV Resort
14200 N. Indian Canyon Drive
North Palm Springs, CA 92548

Joshua Tree National Park

There are nine different campgrounds within Joshua Tree National Park. They are "primitive" campgrounds and offer no RV hookups. Water and toilets are available at the Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds. There are spigots for drinking water at all campgrounds. Pets must be leashed in the park at all times and are not allowed to be left unattended or in parked cars while in the park. RV length is limited to 25 feet. There is a dump station for RV use at Black Rock and Cottonwood. Visitors staying at Joshua Tree have access to rock-climbing routes, bouldering and desert hiking trails.

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597
(760) 367-5500

Lake Hemet Campground

Open year-round, the campground offers a chance to camp next to Lake Hemet. There are sites for short- and long-term stays. Daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rates are available. Hookups include water, sewer and 30- or 50-amp electric (metered with a long-term stay.) Pets are allowed for additional fees. Guests can use the showers, bathrooms and laundry room. There is fishing and boating on the lake, but only closed-cockpit kayaks are allowed. Boat rentals are available from the campground. The Ramona Trail/ Thomas Mountain Road is near Lake Hemet and has 16.9 miles of trail for mountain biking.

Lake Hemet Campground
56570 Highway 74
Mountain Center, CA 92561
(951) 659-2680

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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