Let's get some exercise and get out of town to the San Diego and 29 Palms area. Camping is a great way to get away and get some exercise while not spending very much money for your exercise and hiking experience and also escape from the Fresno heat. The Jumbo Rock camping area is a pay campsite. Unfortunately it is not free. It is located in 29 Palms California and is open all day. You can stay at Jumbo Rocks for approximately 14 days per trip. Some of the great things about this area is that it has fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Additionally they have a theatre. There are some times talks about nature in the evenings. Typically the talks are only on Friday and Saturday nights. Typically the talks are during the summer. In general the temperature during the summer here is about 60-90 degrees. It is typically a bit cooler than Fresno which is a huge bonus when you are doing heavy exercise. Additionally when camping the coolness is very relaxing.
The campground does have some pull alongside campsites for large RV and fifth wheel trailers. However the vast majority of the camp sites are single parking space spots that are more designed for tents and for cars. If you have a larger rig you may want to go directly to the Belle campgrounds which are deep in the camping area. Typically you have a better chance of finding a large campsite here. Also the area is more natural here which provides a better camping experience. The drawback is that the cell phone coverage in the area is minimal. The deeper you go into the park the more likely you are going to not be able to get cell phone coverage. There are two main areas for camping. The first area for camping is just off the Pinto Basin Road about 2 km from the Park Blvd. and Pinto Basin Road intersection. The camping here is typically less than $12 a night. The second option is on Park Blvd. road. This is about 4 km from the intersection between Pinto Basin Road and park Blvd. There is typically no out back camping in the areas. If you want less crowded areas for camping based on experience the Pinto Basin Road area may be the location to focus on.