Xerox Mountaineering & Backpacking Club TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT!!!


MARCH 10 - 12, 1989

The time is approaching for the Spring installment of what has become our semi-annual car camp at Joshua Tree. This weekend is ostensibly an excuse for rock climbing, but there are plenty of activities for those who prefer more horizontal terrain. Whether you want to get away from it all, or be in the middle of everything, there’s plenty of time and room for both. As the entire weekend is open - arrive anytime after Thursday, leave anytime before Monday - there is time for even the most inflexible of schedules. Come for the day, or stay for the weekend. We look forward to seeing you!


This time we will be camping at the Indian Cove Group Campground. We have campsite #9, which can accomodate up to 20 people and seven vehicles. Since parking is somewhat limited, carpooling is encouraged.

There is a five dollar entrance fee to the National Monument, no water is available at the Indian Cove campsite. Water is available at the Ranger Station at the entrance to the National Monument. It is recommended that you fill up on your way to the campground.

Group camps can only be used for tent camping, RVs are not permitted (according to park rules), except in public campgounds. No firewood is available within the Monument. If you have firewood around the house, and can find room, please bring some. Dogs are welcome, provided they can be restrained, and remain so (park rules require that pets be restrained at all times).

Weather is obviously unpredictable, conditions ranging from shirt sleeves weather to rain, cold, wind, and even snow are possible. Nighttime temperatures can justify winter clothing - even around the campfire. Average maximum and minimum temperatures are 72.5 and 42.0 for March. These weather readings were compiled from records kept over a 50 year period and were taken at Twentynine Palms Oasis at an elevation of 1960 feet. The Indian Cove Campground is at an elevation of 3200 feet and temperatures will average up to approximately 11 degrees cooler.


Joshua Tree National Monument is located north-east of Palm Springs and approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles. You can approach it from the west via Interstate 10 (US 60) and 29 Palms Highway (Highway 62). The entrance to Indian Cove Campground is between the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms (off of Highway 62).


Contact either Randy Ortland or Jack Cook to make reservations, get car-pool information, or if you want more details.

Randy Ortland (805) 961-7327 [work] Jack Cook (213) 333-5214 [work]

(805) 966-9422 [home] (213) 371-2706 [home]