Upcoming overnight trips

    • Thu, February 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sun, February 11, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree National Park
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    The cool breezes blowing across the deserts of Southern California in late winter create a wonderful time to explore Joshua Tree National Park. We have reserved several beautiful campsites nestled among the towering and enchanting rock formations of Indian Cove campground. Our secluded campsites are located within the park boundary where we’ll have easy access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Although there isn't an entrance fee to the campground, there will be a $25 per vehicle entrance fee (or use your Annual/Lifetime pass) that the park collects if entering Joshua Tree N.P., so carpooling is highly suggested. We'll be surrounded by large Joshua trees and some of the most bizarre and unusual rock formations in the southwestern states. You'll be amazed by all the cacti, pine trees, succulents and grasses that carpet the desert floor in all areas of JT national Park. We weren't able to get any RV/trailer sites, so this is a tent only campout. 

    Thursday night we will have a special evening for everyone upon your arrival. Great Outdoors will provide an old-fashioned weenie roast with a variety of hot dogs, polish sausage and other weenie options for you to enjoy. Dress them up with chili or other traditional favorites.

    Great Outdoors will also provide a wonderful and hearty breakfast of biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, fresh seasonal fruit, juice and coffee for all campers on Saturday morning before heading out to explore all the amazing sites of the park.

    Joshua Tree encompasses three of California’s ecoregions. Its geology shows the effects of plate tectonics, volcanism, mountain-building, and stark erosion. With elevations ranging from 900 feet to over 5,000 feet above sea level, the park is home to a diversity of biological communities found nowhere else in such proximity. Sand dunes, dry lakes, flat valleys, extraordinarily rugged mountains, granitic monoliths, and oases are all found within its nearly 800,000 acres. Each feature makes its contribution to the natural tapestry of the southwest. The park is a “living laboratory” that helps us understand how environmental factors have shaped this desert ecosystem and how they may be changing it at present. It also shows the sharp contrast between a less-disturbed ecosystem and the completely human-shaped one in the urban areas nearby.

    Suggested hike locations to include;

    Skull Rock

    Jumbo Rocks

    Pine City with its abundance of Pinyon pines and Junipers

    Fortynine Palm Oasis

    The weather this time of year can fluctuate between warm days and cold nights. Our elevation will be 3,200 ft. Bring clothing for hot or cold weather. Dress in layers that can easily be added or taken off. Boots are advised for the trails, but any sturdy shoe should do fine. You should also consider a supplemental blanket if your sleeping bag is not rated for cold weather. Please help keep the campfire blazing by bringing 2 bundles of firewood. Pets are allowed in the campground on a leash but are not allowed on park trails. All meals are on your own except for the Thursday night weenie roast and Saturday’s breakfast. Remember to bring a dish to share for Saturday’s pot luck.


    Thursday, 2/8/18

    - Arrive                                                  Any time after 3pm

    - Day Activities                                    Hiking, biking, exploring

    - 6pm                                                     Weenie Roast and Group campfire

    Friday, 2/9/18

    - Day Activities                                    Hiking, biking, exploring

    - Group Campfire                                Bring a favorite board or card game

    Saturday, 2/10/18

    - 8:30                                                Breakfast provided by Great Outdoors

    - Day Activities including:                Hikes, nature trails, palm oasis

    - 6pm                                                     Traditional Pot Luck dinner

    - Group Campfire                                Group Campfire activities

    Sunday, 2/11/18

    - 12pm                                                   Check Out

    Amenities: Improved vaulted toilets, fire ring, tables

    *IMPORTANT NOTE: You must bring in your own water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning! Recommended amount is 2 gallons per day per person There is no water available at the campground but you can find potable water at the nearby ranger station. Shade is limited, so you may want to bring your own shade structure (EzUp)

    Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: wwwgreatoutdoorslaorg/essenhtml), camping/cooking gear, 2 bundles of firewood, food, warm/cool weather clothing Be sure to bring your camp chair, tent, solar shower, hiking boots, sunscreen, and a bike if you plan on biking

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parkingNote! An entry fee is not required for the campground, but there is a $25 entrance fee to the park per vehicle, or use your National Park Pass. 

    The West and North park entrances are at the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms.  From Los Angeles, take I-10 east to Calif 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy) to Twentynine Palms (about 140 miles total) The South entrance is located at Cottonwood Spring, approximately 25 miles east of Indio off I-10

    Call +1 760 367 5500 for recorded directions

    • Fri, February 16, 2018
    • Sun, February 18, 2018
    • Yosemite National Park

    For more information and to register for this trip, hosted by the Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter, click on the link below


    • Thu, May 17, 2018
    • Sun, May 20, 2018
    • Watchman Campground, Zion National Park
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    Save the date! More information to follow.

    For those who like to plan ahead, some tips:

    1. You may want to consider staying in Las Vegas on the way to and from Zion. Rooms are inexpensive on Wednesday and Sunday nights (but they do tack on a resort fee). You can drive to Vegas after work on Wednesday, and come home on Monday to avoid the weekend traffic. 

    2. There will be no RV's or Trailers on this trip. A good portion of the campground (loop B) is closed for roadwork while we're there, and the remaining loop (loop A) appears to be booked solid, The sites are being released one day at a time, and only the single day is reservable at the booking window. You can try and get your own but remember, it is available only one day at at time! You would have to book 3 different reservations, and if someone grabs your site before you, you're getting booted. 

    All of that being said, just plan on a tent! Or, there is another RV park just outside Zion, and you can try there https://www.zioncamp.com/locations/utah-rv-campground-zion-national-park/

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