Camping in Joshua Tree at Indian Cove Campground
As the evening of Friday the 13th grew closer, I was beginning to have Deja Vu from our last camping trip. I stopped at the coffee shop near our house to load up on caffeine for what I expected to be a long night ahead.
As I stood in line, the storm outside grew stronger and louder. The first flash of lighting struck while thunder grumbled in the distance.
Is this what I have to look forward to in our tent tonight?
Well, at least our campsite at Joshua Tree wasn’t in a flash flood zone – or I may have reconsidered the trip. The memory of the night I thought we might drown in a flash flood at Havasu Falls was still too fresh in my mind.
Luckily, the rest of the members in our group were having the same reservations about setting up camp in the dark and in the middle of a thunderstorm, so we all agreed to wake up early on Saturday to make the 2 1/2 hour drive to the park.
This is something you may want to take into consideration when visiting Joshua Tree during the winter, spring or fall. The weather is much cooler during the day, but be prepared for the possibility of rain and teeth-chattering cold nights. I personally prefer this time of year to the blistering heat of the summer, especially since post storm conditions create the perfect cloud-filled photographs.
When we arrived at Indian Cove Campground, we were greeted by campsite poachers who had parked their two cars in our site, took our name off the pole and replaced it with theirs.
At the time, we thought maybe the booking office had made a mistake and had given our site away since we arrived a day late, forgetting that we had called the night before letting them know we would be arriving on Saturday morning.
It turns out they were just poachers, who we had to track down in order to get everything settled. Now, it was time to set up our camp and enjoy a cold beer.
Stay tuned for our next post with suggested hiking trails in Joshua Tree and some night photography of the glorious stars without all that pesky light pollution.
For those of you who are not aware, our last trip to Joshua Tree was during the summer and we were met face to face with a very angry rattlesnake. You can read about it by clicking on the link below.