Joshua Tree National Monument

Southern Mojave Desert

Friday-Sunday, November 22-24, 1991

Brief: A weekend car-camp in the southern Mojave Desert with optional day hikes, rock climbing practice, or just plain relaxation. Elevation at the campground is 3,200 feet.

What: This promises to be a relaxing weekend of camping in the desert. Traditionally an unstructured weekend, rock climbing is always on the agenda, with instruction available for beginners. Easy to moderate dayhikes can be arranged for those so inclined. We will be staying at Indian Cove Group Camp #6, which can accommoate up to 20 people and nine vehicles, tents only - RVs are not permitted. There is a five

dollar entrance fee to the National Monument, the charge is per vehicle and the permit is valid for five days. In addition, there will be a campsite fee of approximately $3.00 per person. Water is not available

at the campsite but can be obtained at the Ranger Station at the entrance to the monument. There are tables, fireplaces, and toilets (pit) at the campground, but no firewood. If you have firewood around

the house, and can find room, please bring some. Dogs (and babies) are welcome, but Park regulations require that they (dogs) be kept on a leash during the day and in a tent or vehicle at night.

Where: Joshua Tree National Monument is located northeast of Palm Springs and approximately 140 miles east of Los Angeles. We will be at the Indian Cove Group Campground, Site #6.

When: Arrive anytime after noon on Friday November 22, and break camp by early afternoon on Sunday the 24th. Stay the entire weekend or just come for a day.

Apres-Camp Option: Since we were so well taken care of last year, plan on a stop at the House of Happiness in Yucca Valley Sunday afternoon on your way back home.

Weather: Weather in the desert can vary dramatically, conditions ranging from shirt sleeve weather to rain, cold, wind, and even snow are possible. Nighttime temperatures can justify winter clothing - even round the campfire.

Topo Maps: Indian Cove 7.5' series (USGS), Twentynine Palms 15' series (USGS). Also available is an excellent map published by Tom Harrison: Recreation Map of Joshua Tree National Monument, scale is 1:125,000.

Directions: From the LA area take either the 91 freeway or I-10 east to the 60 freeway. From the San Diego area take I-15 and then 215 north to the eastbound 60. The 60 freeway and I-10 merge at Beaumont, follow I-10 east to highway 62 and turn north. Enter the National Monument at the Indian Cove entrance - turn right on Indian Cove Road nine miles east of the town of Joshua Tree. The group campground is about 2.5 miles south on Indian Cove Road.

Reservations/Info: Since capacity is limited reservations are required. To make reservations, or if you need more info, contact Randy Ortland at 805/966-9422 or e-mail <71620.2666@compuserve.com>.

 

 

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