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Joshua Tree National Park, CA

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The high desert, a geographic area including parts of the Mojave Desert, has long held an allure for Southern California residents looking to escape city life. Joshua Tree National Park's unique landscape is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, while the towns of Pioneertown, Yucca Valley, and Twenty-Nine Palms have attracted artists, musicians, actors, and free spirits for decades. But the desert's draws have never been stronger than they are right now—with the sweeping, unpopulated views and room to roam that offer ultimate peace of mind. 

From extended hikes among the park's peaks and valleys to sundowners with a view, we'll recommend lodging plus a selection of activities and dining for your high desert hideaway, all up to date with the latest Covid-19 restrictions and regulations. 

Key Highlights

Expansive hiking and biking trails in Joshua Tree National Park

Tiny desert towns with an eclectic, artistic atmosphere

Exceptional stargazing in a designated Dark Sky Place

Best Times to Visit

October - November

February - May

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day 1-4

Joshua Tree National Park

2 hours and 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles or 3 hours from Las Vegas

Accommodation in Joshua Tree National Park

Suggested options (actual bookings will vary based on pricing and availability)

Hike Pioneertown Mountains Preserve

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve is a unique landscape of pine-covered ridges, volcanic mesas, wetlands, and scrubby desert. The most popular trail is a six-mile, easy-to-moderate loop through Pipes Canyon. 

Explore Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast expanse of brown rock formations and scrubby green vegetation, including the iconic tree the park is named after. While the Joshua trees might be the most recognizable element here, they're just one facet of a complex ecosystem where high and low desert meet. The park is truly a playground for outdoors enthusiasts, with ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and once the sun sets, exceptional star gazing. 

Go horseback riding through desert canyons and creeks

Experience the high desert by horseback on an exclusive, private ride. No experience? No worries! Trail rides, which range from an hour and 15 minutes to two hours, are suitable for all experience levels. 

Discover the funky installations at Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum

Noah Purifoy was a sculpture artist who called Joshua Tree home for much of his life. Some of his earliest sculptures used debris from the 1965 Watts rebellion in Los Angeles, and the concept of found objects and art for social change remained themes throughout his career. 

Many of his large-scale sculptures are now collected at this open-air museum, a memorial to both Noah as an artist and the desert community as a haven for the creative and quirky. 

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