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There's plenty of smaller campsites, but we really enjoyed our time here in the group campsite. The ground was pretty level everywhere, which made it easy to setup our tents and perfect for sleeping. Our group this time was only seven but there was plenty of room to fit at least five more tents in the area. One of my favorite things about camping is the fact that you can bring as many people as you want, it's a very affordable trip and it also forces people to get off their phones and unplug. I love exploring and just connecting with people.
Indian Cove Campground was maybe a mile off the main road and very easy to get to. There weren't too many people (probably because of the heat) so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was nice to let Jade roam around off leash the entire time without worrying about her stomping into anyone else's campsite.
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If you're ever looking to go in August, beware. It was very hot (around 100 degrees) while we were there so the heat alone made it pretty exhausting. I look forward to going back when it's a little bit cooler and the temperatures are more comfortable. We were sure to pack tons of water, Gatorade and snacks to keep us going. One of our friends brought water bottle mister fans that were literally a life saver after climbing around all morning. They even had the genius idea to put ice water in them to make it feel even better when we sprayed it on ourselves.
While you're in Joshua Tree you definitely have to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. We didn't see any on this trip but I am always cautious. Since we keep Jade off the leash, we have to be extra careful that she doesn't get into anything dangerous while we aren't looking. Although we didn't see any rattlesnakes, there were bunch of little mice and lizards that Jade had a blast chasing around.
We didn't have to go very far to explore and climb. If you're like me and need to use your hands a lot to help you get down the rocks, I would suggest bringing some gloves. My palms were pretty sensitive and sore after climbing around for a few hours. I am unbelievable impressed at how well Jade was able to keep up with us the entire time we were hiking. I did notice that her paws were a little sore after our adventures so when we got home, I made sure to put some paw cream on there to heal them.
I haven't explored any of the other campgrounds in Joshua Tree yet but I have a feeling that I will always want to go back to this one for the space and convenience of everything.
Photo Credit: @laneseven
Have you ever been to Indian Cove Campground before?
Or if you have any other awesome campground suggestions, I'd love to hear about them!