We stayed at Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree for a couple of reasons- first because we were able to make reservations ahead of time, so we weren't risking not having a place to camp for the night (only 2 campgrounds are reservable ahead of time, the others are on first come-first served basis). Second, we wanted to stay somewhere that had running water. Flush toilets at Black Rock were a plus but not a necessity.
Each site had a fire grate and picnic table and was actually quite spacious (Jumbo Rock seemed to have some cramped sites). This campsite didn't have the big rocks all around it (as compared to White Tank), but it did have a nice bunch of Joshua trees and a visitor's station to ask questions, pick up maps, and purchase souvenirs.
Black Rock is not in the main part of the park- You actually drive through Yucca and then enter the campground. In order to access the main park (to pay the park fee and see the main sights), you can either hike or do what we did and drive in through the west entrance. At first we were worried that it was too close to the town of Yucca, but it was fine. We got to see some wildlife (gamble quails!) and heard coyotes in the early morning.
Sorry for the sideways photos- I can't figure out how to rotate on here!More
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