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Belle Campground (NPS Campground)

Twentynine Palms, California


74485 National Park Dr
Twentynine Palms, California 92277
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 18
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.00245
Longitude: -116.02247

Elevation: 3890' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great campground in a wonderful national park. It is small, and many of the sites are surrounded by beautiful rock formations. The hiking in the park is extraordinary. Perhaps due to a lack of support from the federal government, there were no ranger programs while we were there, the handout material on the park was from a season or two ago, and there was a general lack of enthusiasm from the rangers. Of course, this is dry camping, but the only pump out station for this large park is at the Black Rocks campground and really is not close to the main part of the park. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The hike up Ryan Mountain was great, and there are many more good hikes.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed for 6 days. The campground trash, recycling and pit toilets were kept clean orderly and supplied. We stayed at the east side of the nearest rocks from the entry provided great panoramas. Soo many stars. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Took the Jeep out and had lunches on the Berdoo Canyon, Pinkham Thermal, Geology Tour and the Queen Valley. Great Jeepin' fun did Berdoo before we were told it was closed. It was slow going in a couple of spots. Anyway great fun. Bring the telescope.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very well maintained campground. Although there are practically no amenities, the grounds and area are beautiful. The sites are all unique and not the usual "cookie cutter design". First come, first served so plan a midday arrival. It was very windy during the period we were there but the huge boulders provided some protection. Belle is central in the park (which is very large) so allows one to get to other features fairly quickly. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hiking around the immediate area was outstanding.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

As others have mentioned, Belle is a small campground. Our 35' fifth wheel fit well into space #4. #3 is also good for a larger rig. There are maybe 6 sites for larger rigs. It's first-come, first-served, no reservations there, so you might want to have a back-up plan if you're there on a weekend.

We didn't use the vault toilet that is in the campground, but in the 5 days we were there, we saw the Park service people attend to it twice. There is a dumpster and recycling bins in the campground.

We entered from the north, and it's a quick 10-15 minute drive to Belle.

There was a surprising amount of traffic driving through the campground, especially on Saturday night, very late/early morning. Not enough experience there to know if that's normal.

We really loved this place and the Park, and would like to come here again. There is a lot to see within the Park, a real natural treasure. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
4
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Park does an awesome job of marking points of interest along the roads through the park. I highly recommend making the drive (no RVs) to the top of Key's Viewpoint, especially if it's sunny and warm! To actually see the San Andreas Fault from altitude!

29 Palms at the north end of the park has adequate grocery, fuel, restaurant outlets.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

In my opinion, this is the best campground in JTNP for a medium to large RV. We stayed here and at Cottonwood and we also drove through Jumbo Rocks. Black Rock and Ryan. Our 32' fifth wheel barely fit into a site at Cottonwood, but it was nice, if isolated. I don't think we could have fit into more than a couple sites at Jumbo Rocks and none at Ryan. Black Rock is just ugly. Belle is small, but about 7 of the 18 sites could accommodate a large RV. Our site was pull-through (a 40' trailer could have fit in it) and right next to a beautiful rock formation about 50 feet high. The views are stupendous of the desert all around (unlike Jumbo Rocks where the rocks are cool but there are no views due to the uneven terrain). It is quiet and there is nice space between sites unlike Jumbo Rocks. Belle is also pretty convenient to many good hiking trails and features of the park. We have been camping nearly full-time for three years and Belle was one of the top 2-3 campgrounds we have ever experienced. Get here early in the week to have any chance of getting a site, especially for a big rig. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

My second stay at Belle in Joshua Tree National Park. I prefer it to the other campgrounds because of it's seclusion. It's also the smallest campground in the park with only 18 sites. Makes it nice and quiet. If you want to climb and boulder, you can do it right here or you can travel a short distance to another area in the park to do that. Saw no kids as usual. There are no 40 footers in here, they couldn't make it around the boulders. There is no water, thus no showers in campground. You get a table, bbq and firepit at your site. You also get some awesome views out into the wilderness of Joshua Tree in every direction. It is located within minutes of everything there is to do and see in Joshua Tree. Be sure and reserve a tour of the historic Keys ranch, it is very interesting. Spent 5 wonderful days and hopefully will return again soon. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Belle Campground is an awesome place if you are looking for the ultimate in dry camping with marked spots and few amenities. The desert scenery is fantastic. This is one of the smallest campgrounds in the National Park with only 18 spots. Ryan Campground one mile away with 15 spots, is the smallest. You can get big rigs into Belle but carefully through the narrow entrance. I have a 15' travel trailer and was able to maneuver through the campground quite easily. Campground does not get a lot of people driving through to just take a look, which is nice. There is a trail accessible from the campground but it is not a trail head. There is rock climbing in the campground if that is what your into and is fun to watch. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site but there is no water in the campground so come prepared. You can run a generator from 7AM-9AM, 12PM-2PM and 5PM-7PM. There are no showers. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2009 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park but there is not plenty of room for big rigs here. The entrance is surprisingly narrow - between 2 rocks in the ground. An easy fix and would be a big improvement to slightly widen this. We have a 39' motorhome and there was an identical one to ours at the park as well. Both of us had problems finding and fitting into our spots. They were very tight. The only spot big enough for a large RV is directly next to another campground - and there was a big group there. We stayed near the entrance, which was a bit of a drag because of the constant flow of traffic going by us. We went off-season and were told we'd have the park to ourselves, but there was a constant flow of vehicles and a fair amount of campers. Some people come tie up a campground just to rock climb, so we lost a potentially better spot not realizing this until it was too late. Surroundings are beautiful. No water or dump anywhere nearby that we could find. Closest one within the park was Cottonwood - about 45 minutes away. The park rangers didn't know of any local dump stations. Look into this before you go if you want to stay more than a few nights. We ran out of water after 3 nights and lost the opportunity to stay. No Verizon cell range anywhere in the park - had to drive to the service road about 2 miles away for range. Very secluded - no ranger presence. We will return but certainly not during the busy season. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2006 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Stunning high desert beauty. Great sunsets and sunrises. No services. Fill your water tank and go Boondocking. Plenty of space for our 39' fifth wheel & truck. There are several sites with plenty of room for big rigs. There is a turn around at the far end. Costs $10 to get into the park (going up to $15 soon) and $5 to camp. No water. So quiet at night its unreal. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2005 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground, amazing views. Don't just showup on winter weekends, you need to get a reservation or arrive early friday. We camped at Belle Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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