We just came back from a weekend camping at Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park.
If anyone wants to check it out, I believe next couple of weeks would be perfect before it gets too hot. As of now, the weather is perfect at 70's during the day and down to low 50's at night. Bring warm sleeping bags! Can't use generator
at night 7pm-7am and I didn't dare to use propane
heater with all the caveats about "safe use inside". Kids got cold on their bunk bed in the middle of the night so we "took them in" and slept in until 8:30! Now that's proper camping
Besides sleeping we did some hiking, rock climbing, wildflowers seeing, caterpillar catching, and wild life watching.
We saw lots of jackrabbits, some right next to our camping spot; roadrunners; quail; maybe a kangaroo rat, and lizards.
Our aspirations for next time are to see tortoises and big horn sheep.
Wildflowers are starting to bloom and next few weeks should be awesome.
Watch for Chollo cacti! They are mean and incredibly hard (and painful) to extract. Luckily it was me who got a few needles through my jeans and it was no fun pulling them out! Soooo happy kids avoided them.
All in all it was a great trip and we plan another one next year. In the meantime, looking forward for a whole bunch of beach camping in coming months