November National Park Highlight: Joshua Tree

This month we’re getting a ton of snow in Colorado and are day dreaming of an escape to one of our favorite national parks, Joshua Tree. With an outer space like feeling, there’s nothing better than escaping to a warm out of this world park.



Joshua tree has many things to offer and if we wanted to touch base on them all, this blog would have to be 100 pages long. We thought we’d go over where to camp and what to hike. The first thing we wanted to touch on is where to camp, there are over 10 different campsites within the park. There are also two dispersed campsites that are AWESOME, on both the north and south side of the park.


Jumbo Rock Campground

One of our favorite campgrounds in the park is the Jumbo Rock Campground. With 124 sites available, this is a great option for people who want to be right smack dab in the middle of the park. This site is all first come first serve so it is best to take a “sick day” on Friday to get there on a Thursday night. This way, you’ll have a bit more options for which exact site you want in the campground. For $15 a night, you get one site that can fit anywhere from 1-2 cars, 3 tents, and maximum 6 people. There are trash collection areas, picnic tables, bathrooms, and fire rings here which is everything you need for a few days in the park. There are no water wells so make sure you pack a lot of water for your trip. 


Dispersed Camping

On a busy weekend, Joshua Tree fills up quick. But, lucky for us, there is plenty of dispersed camping on both sides (north and south) of the park. Last year when we were there we spent a night in the park, a night in the south dispersed camping, and a night in the north dispersed camping. I personally loved the dispersed camping at the south end of the park and wish we had stayed there all 3 nights. With one major dirt road cruising through the campground with slight off turns, you get a ton of room and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. With the extra room, you have plenty of space to pop open our new Condor model, spread out with the Family, and enjoy the epic amount of stargazing.


Hiking Ryan Mountain

For a moderate hike with an insane view, Ryan Mountain is the spot you need to hike while in Joshua Tree. Located right in the center of the park this hike is 3 miles round trip but packs a punch with just over 1,000 feet of elevation in a short distance. There is not a ton of tree coverage so expect to get quite the tan, pack some sunscreen and a hat, and bring more water than you think you’ll need. 

There are endless hikes to explore in Joshua tree and you won’t be disappointed no matter where you explore here. But, make sure to come prepared, respect the natural features, and watch out for the jumping cactuses.

Have fun soaking up the fun and catching a winter tan out in Joshua Tree and make sure to tag us in all of your adventures on Instagram @roofnest or #roofnest.

Cheers, Flock.

Roofnest Blog hitting the beach in southern california with a roofnest sparrow

Hitting the Beach in Southern California in a Roofnest Sparrow

Article by Roofnest Flock member, Penny Sprague


I’ve always loved camping. I spent my childhood camping in homemade tents with my parents, and as I’ve gotten older I still have the love for camping, getting out into nature and just enjoying. As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, I realized sleeping on the ground wasn’t as appealing as it used to be so I set out to find a car roof camper. And to top it all off, I now always travel with my two dogs, Jack Sparrow and Ceilidh.

I went through a stint of staying in hotel rooms because I had to escape L.A., but the dogs didn’t like the “different smells” in each of the places I’d go. And let’s face the fact, hotel rooms get a bit expensive. What I missed was driving to the beach and pitching a tent and watching the sunset with a glass of wine and my pups.

So, I started searching for a comfortable way to camp with my dogs that would be our place; they would know the smells, and it would be EASY. Because I want to be able to get up and go whenever I get the urge, I decided to try the new Roofnest Sparrow, and so far it’s been a great decision. Ultimately, its the dog’s decision. If they are happy and will sleep peacefully, then I am happy. And they love it! I bring along Jack’s favorite blanket that he can burrow underneath while sleeping. Ceilidh has already figured out that climbing the ladder gets her inside — so she’s trying to learn! They also love all that they can see everything through all of the windows.



I wish I had a bit more free time to head to the beach to camp with my pups, but I know with my Roofnest car roof camper it’s available to me at a moment’s notice. I hope to get out more in the fall when my schedule clears up and the beach sites here in Southern California become a bit more open.

I already have a trip planned to Jalama Beach, which is one of our favorite places to camp! Miles of beaches to run and investigate with amazing sunsets!

I love being a part of the Roofnest Flock, and hope to share more of our adventures with my car roof camper soon!

Happy Camping!