Based just 10 miles from Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA is an excellent base for road trippers exploring southern California. The property has several things to do, including mineral hot springs.
It provides safe, comfortable accommodations in a desert environment, ranging from tent and RV campsites to cabins and glamping tents. Book a stay here year-round.
Mineral Hot Springs Pools
There’s a natural geothermal spring swimming pool and three jacuzzis, perfect for taking a dip in after exploring the city.
The swimming pool fed by the mineral springs is kept at a year-round 89 degrees F. It’s perfect for cooling down on those Desert Hot Springs summer days or after hiking around the nearby Joshua Tree National Pool.
The 3 hot tubs are also filled with thermal springs water. These are prime for rejuvenating your body after a long day exploring the wonderful Palm Springs region. They are kept between 92 and 102 degrees F.
Other Amenities and Activities
KOA campgrounds vary from site to site, but the Palm Springs location is filled with many activities to keep guests happy and busy. There are two pickleball courts and even a full mini golf course, both activities are complimentary for KOA guests. Miniature golf is available until dusk each day.
A bike pump track is also on-site and created by one of Southern California’s (SoCal) top bike park professionals. It’s suitable for both beginner and advanced riders. For those with remote control cars, you’ll love the RC racing track at the Palm Springs KOA.
From December to April, several other fun things to do with the community include movie nights, paint & wine classes, water aerobic classes, tai chi, line dancing, walk away the pounds, ice cream socials, bingo rounds, as well as traditional and chair yoga. Or dance the night away or sing your heart out at karaoke from December to April.
Another terrific seasonal activity is their rock climbing wall, which is great considering there are some epic climbs in the region. There’s a weekly guest dinner held from December to February. Bike rentals are provided too, as is a fitness room.
Kids can burn some calories at the playground. Or head to the game and card room for community events and tournaments. One popular card game held from December to April is Texas Hold ‘Em poker, twice weekly. There’s also a billiard & rec room.
Campers at the KOA will have easy access to the trees and the incredible desert scenery around the park, including vistas of waterfalls and rock formations.
Types of Campsites and Lodging
Guests will have access to a group meeting space, a paid laundry room, and bathrooms. There’s also RV storage should you be planning on returning soon.
There are several ways to camp and glamp at Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA.
Tent Camping – These sites fit up to six people at a time. Water and electricity are provided, and each site is near the public bathrooms and showers.
RV Sites – There are a variety of pet-friendly, gravel campsites suitable for travel trailers and RVs. Choose from pull-thru or back-ins, the latter of which are big-rig friendly (65′), some of which are over 90 feet long. Find full hooks up with 30 to 50amp. Some sites featured trees to shade out their SoCal sun.
Deluxe Cabin with Patio – Groups of two to six will sleep and relax comfortably in this cabin equipped with a patio, a king-size bed, a sleeping loft, a partial kitchen, and a full bath.
Glamping Tent – The 500-square-foot glamping tents are between regular tents and cabins, providing a ready-to-use structure with bedrooms and furnishings. There are two sizes of glamping lodges, but both types have a patio and half-bath (no shower/tub). Plus, they featured air-conditioning!
Most visitors eat off-site or cook their own food, but special cookout events and weekend meals are offered at the Poolside eatery. Open seasonally, the Desert Oasis Cafe has a menu for Saturdays and Sundays that includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Know Before You Go
Here are some essential guidelines and rules that are important to remember during your stay at this KOA.
- Leashed pets are allowed on the property. They can be unleashed in the dog-run area.
- The KOA has portable fire rings to rent for roasting hot dogs and making s’mores.
- Quiet hours are 10 pm to 8 am.
- Store hours are 8 am to 6 pm
- Pool hours are 8 am to 10 pm
This KOA site is situated about 50 minutes away from both a northern and southern entrance to the world-famous Joshua Tree National Park. There, you’ll find numerous opportunities for hiking, bird-watching, taking photos, and biking. Joshua trees are the world’s largest yucca plants, so a high concentration of them in one place is impressive and rare.
Address: 70405 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs, California 92241