My favorite part of Joshua Tree National Park was climbing around at Jumbo Rocks. Just as it sounds, the Jumbo Rocks are a collection of huge rocks near the main road through the park. Visitors can climb on, around, and between them.
Check out these massive boulders! Some are rounded, a few are more jagged. Either way, this is the place to come and act like a kid by climbing through the maze of rocks.
No special climbing equipment is needed. Just walk around until you see a trail you can follow or a few small rocks you can jump on top of to use as stairs to get even higher. Before you know it, you’ll be on top of the world!
Photos from Jumbo Rocks
I was surprised how much fun it was to climb on these rocks. I spent at least an hour here exploring the rocks and could have spent all day. Get your selfies here!
You’ll find some narrow passages between rocks that you can try to squeeze through! This was my favorite part. It’s like running through secret passageways. This part reminded me a lot of Red Rock Canyon in Nevada.
Kids can enjoy Jumbo Rocks too. Many of the rocks are small and easy for children to climb, so the whole family can have an outdoor adventure here.
Those of us who aren’t rock climbers never get to have these kinds of thrills, so it’s a fun chance to try something new. Do not pass up the chance to see Jumbo Rocks if you visit the park! And don’t forget to do the Barker Dam hike on your visit to the park.
Jumbo Rocks Campground
There’s also a campground here, the Jumbo Rocks Campground. There are 124 sites, which is a huge number. But during the busy winter season from October to May, the campground fills up and reservations are required.
None of the sites have electricity, and there’s no cell phone reception here. So prepare to rough it if you decide to camp near the jumbo rocks!