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Joshua Tree National Park draws visitors from all over the world, campers, hikers, and regular travelers, each searching for their own unique experience in the otherworldly beauty of the desert. Exploring rugged dirt trails for secret gardens of blooming cholla cacti, discovering old ruins from the wild west days, wandering through sprawling forests of Joshua Trees—it’s all in a typical day for a Joshua Tree vacation, and visitors from all walks of life can find excitement in the geological wonder of the desert. That makes it the perfect destination for a family vacation, and it’s a popular national park for families on vacation!  

Besides the obvious sites, you’ll want to explore, you might find yourself wondering what else you can do with the family while you’re visiting Joshua Tree, and what events are family-friendly enough to attend with the children. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of family friendly activities in Joshua Tree, so you can have an unforgettable family getaway to the majestic landscape of the southwest!  

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Family Friendly Activities in Joshua Tree

This is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes-style peek at what goes on at the park. Enjoy a selection of several programs designed to educate visitors about the wildlife and vegetation throughout the park, as well as the human history of the area and how the desert landscape was formed throughout the millions of years of our planet’s history! There are programs for both the day and night, so be sure to dress appropriately and bring sunscreen during the day. You can find a list of ranger-led programs on the National Park Service’s website!  

 

Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market 

This is a terrific event to attend with the family, and it occurs on Saturday mornings throughout the year off Highway 62 in downtown Joshua Tree. Our local farmer’s market is certified, meaning that it had to meet strict rules in order to receive such a certification—so expect only locally grown and handmade items here! You can find all manner of fresh produce, as well as goods like pickled garlic and peppers, homemade spices and seasonings, fresh-cut flowers, handpicked fruit, handcrafted jewelry, bags, coffee, and more. Pick up a piece of blown glass to display in your living room back home or buy some prints from local artists to frame on your wall. The kids will love the wide array of colorful things to look at, and you can grab lunch while you walk around.  

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Joshua Tree Music Festival  

In October, you’ll find our local music festival taking place annually—and it’s been rated as one of the top family friendly festivals in the country! The festival prides itself on being friendly to parents with toddlers and younger children as well and offers a special “Kidsville” area for the kids to enjoy activities and rock out to the live music. You’ll find arts and crafts booths, yoga, puppet, and magic shows, as well as free face painting that’s sure to delight the kids. Tickets for kids are discounted, there’s plenty of shade at the festival, and well water offers festival goers free water refills. If you’re visiting in October, this family-friendly festival is a must!  

Embark on a Tour of Keys Ranch 

Located within the Joshua Tree National Park, Keys Ranch is a historic site that you can only access by a ranger-led walking tour. The Keys family were some of the original homesteaders in the desert, and the tour includes educational information about life and what it was like to survive in the desert back in those days. The walking tour will take you to the ranch house, as well as other sites on the property like the schoolhouse and workshop. The tour runs from October-May, making it ideal for families visiting the park during the fall, winter, and spring breaks from school.  

Night Sky Festival 

One of the huge attractions in Joshua Tree is the night sky itself, as mostly clear desert skies and a lack of trees blocking the horizon makes for unbeatable star gazing. Every September the Night Sky Festival is held, and the ticket event is held at the Limit Nature Center and Observatory by the park’s north entrance. Educational for the kids and fascinating for all ages, this is a magical night of stargazing that they’ll remember forever!  

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There’s nothing quite like a desert escape—stretching, rust-colored vistas dotted by alien-looking plant life, rugged mountains that seem to go for miles, and color-popping sunsets that have to be seen to be believed. There’s no better place this vision comes to life than in Joshua Tree, California, gateway to the world-famous Joshua Tree National Park. Here you can spend your days traversing the trails of the park, discovering hidden gems at secret turns, and take the evening to stargaze from the comfort of your back porch hot tub. When you’re not exploring the natural wonders the area has to offer, you’ll find plenty to experience in town, from delicious local cafes to southwestern antique shops. For those dreaming of Fall Activities in Joshua Tree, California, we have the perfect property for you: JT Desert Escape!  

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Fall Activities in Joshua Tree, California

This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is ideal for a little getaway with friends or family, giving you everything you need for a flawless vacation at just the right size. If you’re the type that craves adventure just outside your door, this property is on 5 acres of land, surrounded by a fence—so explore to your heart’s content! In this property, you’ll easily enjoy the highlights of warm weather living, with a gorgeous backyard that includes a hot tub and cowboy tub style pool. Hiking trails are only a few minutes away, and you’ll never be far from discovering the eateries and shops of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Welcome to JT Desert Escape!  

Bright Spaces with a Southwestern Flair 

Step into the front door, and you’ll be in a spacious and well-appointed living area with exposed wooden beams on the ceiling that give the space a hacienda-style vibe. The space is an open concept and also includes the kitchen and living area further in. Yellow painted walls create a peaceful atmosphere primed for relaxation, and a large living room rug provides the space with a homey feel. A plush couch faces a large flat-screen TV, where you can sit and unwind after a day out in the desert. Throughout the room, you’ll find tastefully done décor, and completing the space is a charming two-seater table near the front window—a great spot to take your morning coffee, or to sit with your favorite reading material.  

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Relax with All the High-Quality Amenities You Need 

Continue onward and you’ll come across the fully equipped kitchen and the dining area. The kitchen simultaneously gives an upscale yet homey feel, with bright cabinetry, sleek countertops, and high-quality appliances. Colorful accents throughout the area make it a welcoming space, along with decorative plants above the cabinets. With such a well-equipped kitchen, you can easily whip up a nutritious breakfast at a moment’s notice or spend the afternoon planning a gourmet homemade meal with ingredients from a local market. On the other side of the countertop, there are four high-top chairs, giving you an extra spot to indulge in quick snacks or keep the cook company. The dining table can seat four and is just off the kitchen next to the French doors that lead out to the backyard.  

Enjoy the Best of Desert Living 

Enter the backyard to find yourself on a charming deck, with a covered seating area with high-quality outdoor furniture on one side, and the cowboy tub-style pool on the other side, also conveniently covered. Relax at the sitting area with amazing desert views or have a splash in the pool after a morning hike. It’s a small dipping pool that is filled with water and then drained between each guest and can be a great way to cool off from the desert heat. Just off the deck, you’ll find the BBQ grill—grill up a homecooked meal beneath a fiery sunset, and dine al fresco on the deck. At night, little white lights strung along the deck give the outdoor area a warm ambiance. If you’re visiting during the colder season or when the evenings are chilly, there is a hot tub just off the back porch, along with an outdoor firepit—both excellent spots for stargazing!  

Comfy Bedrooms for a Restful Retreat 

Inside, the two bedrooms are furnished with queen-sized beds, giving your group ample sleeping space. The first has a lovely window that overlooks the desert scenery, giving the room a bright and open feel. The second offers a small desk perfect for using your computer or writing and also has French doors that lead out to the back deck. With complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected on your devices, this home has it all for a Joshua Tree getaway!  

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There’s nothing quite like a desert escape—stretching, rust-colored vistas dotted by alien-looking plant life, rugged mountains that seem to go for miles, and color-popping sunsets that have to be seen to be believed. There’s no better place this vision comes to life than in Joshua Tree, California, gateway to the world-famous Joshua Tree National Park. Here you can spend your days traversing the trails of the park, discovering hidden gems at secret turns, and take the evening to stargaze from the comfort of your back porch hot tub. When you’re not exploring the natural wonders the area has to offer, you’ll find plenty to experience in town, from delicious local cafes to southwestern antique shops. For those dreaming of a Joshua Tree vacation rental, we have the perfect property for you: JT Desert Escape!  

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This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is ideal for a little getaway with friends or family, giving you everything you need for a flawless vacation at just the right size. If you’re the type that craves adventure just outside your door, this property is on 5 acres of land, surrounded by a fence—so explore to your heart’s content! In this property you’ll easily enjoy the highlights of warm weather living, with a gorgeous backyard that includes a hot tub and cowboy tub style pool. Hiking trails are only a few minutes away, and you’ll never be far from discovering the eateries and shops of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. Welcome to JT Desert Escape!  

Bright Spaces with a Southwestern Flair 

Step into the front door, and you’ll be in a spacious and well-appointed living area with exposed wooden beams on the ceiling that give the space a hacienda-style vibe. The space is open concept, and also includes the kitchen and living area further in. Yellow painted walls create a peaceful atmosphere primed for relaxation, and a large living room rug provides the space with a homey feel. A plush couch faces a large flat screen TV, where you can sit and unwind after a day out in the desert. Throughout the room you’ll find tastefully done décor, and completing the space is a charming two-seater table near the front window—a great spot to take your morning coffee, or to sit with your favorite reading material.  

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Relax with All the High-Quality Amenities You Need 

Continue onward and you’ll come across the fully equipped kitchen and the dining area. The kitchen simultaneously gives an upscale yet homey feel, with bright cabinetry, sleek countertops, and high-quality appliances. Colorful accents throughout the area make it a welcoming space, along with decorative plants above the cabinets. With such a well-equipped kitchen, you can easily whip up a nutritious breakfast at a moment’s notice or spend the afternoon planning a gourmet homemade meal with ingredients from a local market. On the other side of the countertop, there’s four high-top chairs, giving you an extra spot to indulge in quick snacks or keep the cook company. The dining table can seat four, and is just off the kitchen next to the French doors that lead out to the backyard.  

Enjoy the Best of Desert Living 

Enter the backyard to find yourself on a charming deck, with a covered seating area with high-quality outdoor furniture on one side, and the cowboy tub style pool on the other side, also conveniently covered. Relax at the sitting area with amazing desert views or have a splash in the pool after a morning hike. It’s a small dipping pool that is filled with water then drained between each guest and can be a great way to cool off from the desert heat. Just off the deck you’ll find the BBQ grill—grill up a homecooked meal beneath a fiery sunset, and dine al fresco on the deck. At night, little white lights strung along the deck give the outdoor area a warm ambiance. If you’re visiting during the colder season or when the evenings are chilly, there is a hot tub just off the back porch, along with an outdoor firepit—both excellent spots for stargazing!  

Comfy Bedrooms for a Restful Retreat 

Inside, the two bedrooms are furnished with queen-sized beds, giving your group ample sleeping space. The first has a lovely window that overlooks the desert scenery, giving the room a bright and open feel. The second offers a small desk perfect for using your computer or writing, and also has French doors that lead out to the back deck. With complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected on your devices, this home has it all for a Joshua Tree getaway!  

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A fiery sunset lighting up a cascade of multicolored clouds, the silhouette of purple mountains in the distance, the desert stars just starting to light up the darkening sky—it’s the perfect picture of a day concluding in Joshua Tree, where the best of desert scenery merges with the beauty of the endless horizon. Besides the showstopping sunsets, you’ll find plenty to do during the day, from exploring the nooks and crannies of the majestic Joshua Tree National Park to rifling through southwestern antique stores after an unforgettable brunch at a local café in town. It’s the perfect destination if you’re seeking your own slice of desert paradise, and we’re pleased to say we also have the perfect Joshua Tree vacation rental for you: Bronco’s Casita!  

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This home is a dreamy little desert escape and was newly remodeled, offering a professional look and décor to match. Here you won’t be searching for sunset views, because they’ll be right in your own backyard, complete with hanging white lights that add mood lighting once the sun goes down. With mountain views in the not-so-far distance, this is a great property to use as a base point for visiting the Joshua Tree National Park, as you’ll still have that desert-like feel at home. As a bonus, this property is fully fenced in, adding an extra layer of security and privacy to your vacation experience. Welcome to the desert!  

Trendy Spaces with an Artistic Southwest Flair 

This adorable home offers guests two bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it an ideal getaway for a trip with friends or a family vacation to visit the park. Walk up to the home and you’ll notice the charming front porch area, furnished with two sitting chairs and a side table situated near the wide living area window. Tiny white lights illuminate the overhang, adding a welcoming twinkle for nights when you arrive home after sundown. Enter through the blue front door, and you’ll find yourself in the main living space. A plush, black faux-leather couch and a red loveseat are situated around an artsy-looking coffee table, along with vibrant artwork on the walls. This space features plenty of natural light, making it a great place to enjoy your mornings before setting out to the park. With a record player, you can play some tunes while you unwind in this lovely space. With a sleek and modern look featuring trendy furniture, art, and refined details, you can already tell how amazing this home is! 

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Cook to Your Heart’s Desire with a Fully Equipped Kitchen 

From the swanky living area, you can continue on to the kitchen. With elegant, white tiled walls and bright cabinetry, this space offers a bright and airy feel, perfect for when you feel like whipping up a few snacks for your afternoon hike, or a homemade breakfast burrito in the morning. Stainless steel appliances offer a quality cooking experience, and there are extra stools and counter space for dining. The stainless-steel fridge is as great for storing your own ingredients as it is for storing leftovers from delicious local restaurants. With an updated look and colorful dishes and cooking utensils, the well-designed kitchen offers a look all of its own!  

Dreamy Bedrooms for Relaxing Day or Night 

The property has two bedrooms, each located just off the main living space. The first bedroom is furnished with a full-size bed, adorned with fluffy white bedding and accented by a southwestern blanket. Blue paint accents one wall, giving the space a dreamy feel. This room features a mounted flat-screen TV, making it the perfect place to unwind at night. The second bedroom features a queen-size bed, along with a colorful accent wall and additional furniture like a large woven chair. Either room you choose, you’ll have a cozy place to rest your head at night!  

Enjoy Desert Views and Captivating Outdoor Ambiance  

Journey outback, and you’ll find your own little desert oasis, complete with a soaking tub, where you can relax underneath the stars at night. The backyard is dotted with hammocks, and is well-lit at night, making this space enjoyable both day and night. A BBQ grill is featured for guests who like to do a little al fresco cooking, and a large picnic table provides plenty of space for dining outdoors. A separate covered sitting area offers additional seating and a hanging chair. A vibrant mural is painted on the backside of the home, giving the entire backyard an inviting and artsy feel. This desert getaway has it all!  

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You must have seen pictures of unique trees at Joshua Tree in California. Now take a picture with the tree when you plan your next trip to this popular destination. Situated in a desert, the Joshua Tree National Park attracts people from far and wide. Besides exploring the picturesque landscape, you can participate in a lot of fun activities. It is an excellent vacation option if you would like to spend Labor Day in Joshua Tree. You can expect ambient weather so you can spend your time outdoors. Joshua Tree is known for activities like hiking, biking, photography, shopping, and much more. You can easily spend a fun-filled vacation with your family as this spot has activities appropriate for all age groups.  

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Spend Labor Day in Joshua Tree in Style 

While planning your trip to Joshua Tree, you can select a Joshua Tree vacation rental that’s close to the park. There are several accommodation choices ranging from hotels to vacation rentals. While spending time with your family members and friends, you can select a spacious vacation home for your stay. At Hi-Desert Dwellings, we are eager to tell you about our vacation rentals. We can offer a long list of rental options ranging from a one-bedroom condo to a four-bedroom house for a large group. Find a wide range of convenient amenities that can make you feel at home. You can simply pack your bag with basic necessities and leave the rest to us. Our fully furnished rental options have both indoor and outdoor amenities. If you are visiting with a group, you can pick a vacation home with a private swimming pool, hot tub, and BBQ. There is scope for fun outdoor parties when you select a spacious house with outdoor facilities. Inside the house, you can find amenities like internet access to upload fun photos on social media and central air-conditioning to stay cool in the desert. If you would like to bring your furry friend on the trip, you can check many pet-friendly options too. By opting for a vacation house over a traditional hotel, you can take advantage of an open-floor concept. Enjoy the natural and seamless flow between the different areas and rooms to enjoy a memorable vacation. 

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No matter which option you pick, you can look forward to a fun trip with your group. You can either pick a Joshua Tree vacation rental house close to the park to save your time or choose a secluded house away from everything for a unique experience. There is scope for socializing in the common living area. It can turn into a perfect spot for fun movie nights or game nights. Expect conveniences like flat-screen television, iron and ironing board, and other electronic appliances so you do not miss the convenience like back home. A vacation with family and friends is the perfect time to enjoy gourmet food and drinks. This is possible at any of the incredible restaurants in the area. Find everything from local flavors to global cuisines at the several food options in and around Joshua tree. But if you would like to make your own food, you can head to a fully functional kitchen in the vacation home that has everything from cabinets, countertops, appliances, and cookware. 

Activities for a Memorable Labor Day Weekend 

When you visit the Joshua Tree National Park, you get an opportunity to explore unique trees situated within a picturesque landscape. It is known for its scenic beauty and wonderful viewpoints. One of the best ways to explore the park is through hiking. You can find more than 60 different hiking options in the park. From stroller-friendly trails for hiking with kids to long trails with challenging terrain, you can check out all the options beforehand before starting the adventure. If you prefer a guided hiking tour with an expert who can show you the different trails and popular spots within the park, you can easily opt for one. Some of the popular hiking spots include Ryan Mountain, Barker Dam, Split rock, and Skull rock. Explore the local flora and fauna while navigating a huge national park within a giant desert. You can capture photographs of a stunning sunset against the picturesque backdrop of the desert. For an easily accessible area in the park, you can visit the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. It is good for a short hike along a one-mile loop trail where you can see trees and rock formations. At the end of the hiking, you can settle down for a fun picnic in the Hidden Valley picnic area. Next, you can visit the famous Cholla Cactus garden where you can see many cholla cactus plants stretching over a large area. It is a perfect spot for photography where you can capture the unique cactus trees against the backdrop of mighty mountains. Visit the popular oasis called Cottonwood Spring where you can find many types of plants and trees. The spot has a lot of water that attracts animals and birds. 

There are many spots worth exploring in the unique Joshua tree National Park. You can easily find trails and areas within the park that match the interest levels of your group. Besides hiking, you can enjoy bird watching, stargazing, and horseback riding.  

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Check out the Joshua Tree National Park for your next Labor weekend holiday. You can contact us at Hi-Desert Dwellings to find a perfect vacation rental for your stay. 

Welcome to Easy Rider Ranch in North Yucca. This desert home is all bright colors and driven by an array of patterns and textures which are all artistically fused together. The interior of this Yucca Valley vacation rental is truly aesthetically driven, which makes you feel like you’re vacationing in luxury. This is a one-level house which makes it easily accessible. The living room is lively with a yellow long sofa beside an orange single-person couch. These two couches match really nicely with the accented green tiled wall behind the fireplace that is connected from floor to ceiling in iron pipes. The vinyl set with a stereo speaker is ready to use with albums to choose from on its shelves. The mounted TV is encased in white so it blends in completely with the white wall holding it. The effect makes it look like the wall is projecting television, which makes it feel very elegant.  

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Adventurous Interior

The dining room is given a designated corner in the house, which is overlooked by the bar that connects to the kitchen. The dining table sits six and there are two bar stools at the counter just behind. Through the window that the bar sits at is the kitchen, which is a beautifully painted dark navy. The color of the dark cabinets matched the bright wood of the countertops and the white cabinets above the stove make for a very modern kitchen design. There is plenty of counter space to spread out all the necessary ingredients for cooking a home meal and you won’t feel cramped while preparing it.  

The first bathroom is a full bath with a single sink and a shower that has a tub.  

The first bedroom is the moon room. It has a queen-sized bed with a soft decor to the room. The green comforter, the glowing orange salt lamp, along with the rust-colored banner hanging on the wall makes for this earth-toned room to be very serene. Instead of a couch, there’s a velour-covered bean bag which makes for an arguably more comfortable chair. The window is nearly floor to ceiling, which puts the desert outside in a clear view.  

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The next bedroom is the camp room. It is furnished with two extra-large twin beds and a nightstand between them.  

The last bedroom is the sunroom, which has the largest bed of all the rooms–a queen-sized mattress. The soft yellow of the sun designs on the wall the headboard of the bed leans against and matched with the pastel pink of the bed gives the effect of a sunrise. This room is rejuvenating and cheerful. Attached is the bathroom that has the jetted tub. The tub is large enough that more than one person can enjoy the convenience of an indoor hot tub. The bathroom also has a double sink vanity and a standing shower with rounded sliding glass doors. There is a lot of storage space in this bathroom, so all of your items will fit perfectly. This room has its own access to the backyard through a glass sliding door.  

Easy Rider’s Desert Rose

The backyard is the heart of Easy Rider Ranch. The center of the roof that encloses the outdoor patio is domed, and pillars stand acting as a structure that fluidly divides the area. This makes the porch feel like it’s not just one large space, but rather it is being utilized to function as a multitude of things. On one side is a large wooden table with two long benches on either side.    

This desert house has an adventurous and playful spirit. Some of the brush from the trees creep in through the gate, which gives the patio a beautiful touch of green nature while in the desert. On the other side is the fire pit surrounded by four chairs and the grill. The backyard extends into the sand, where there are posts staked into the ground with hammocks tied in. the view of the mountains is breathtaking. They are so near you feel like you could nick your finger when tracing the outline of the range. It’s a sight worthy of getting lost in a daze, daydreaming. On the other side of the yard are two resting lounge chairs and a path that leads to the four-person hot tub. The faint lights on the roof above light the yard in a soft glow like an ode to the tranquil warmth of the desert. In the checkered floor garage, you can play a game of darts.  

Easy Rider Ranch pays attention to detail as it makes the outdoors the main attraction. Stargazing is a must here in the desert, and the comfort of the outdoor patios and the lounge chairs makes it easy to enjoy the breathtaking desert sky at night.  

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Desert Done Right

Stay at Easy Rider Ranch any time of the year in North Yucca. This home is a desert rose with its unique beauty and specific eye for design. The spacious layout makes the house feel open and large like you’re taking up more than just a corner of the desert. It’s glamorous and luxurious but doesn’t let you forget that the raw beauty of the desert is the true star. So come visit and spend your time in the desert in comfort and beauty. 

Joshua Tree, California is an amazing vacation destination year-round but there’s something particularly inviting about a summer getaway this direction. When you can’t wait to savor the sights and make the most of the seasonal fun, let this be your ultimate guide to an unforgettable stay at Joshua Tree in the summer!

Activities to Enjoy in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is an iconic place to explore with good reason and well worth your time to visit when you head this way in the summer. Not only is the terrain mesmerizing, but there’s always something new to discover when you know where to look. Whether you’re one for taking to the trails, exploring by vehicle or you can’t wait to make the most of the beauty of the summer evening hours, Joshua Tree National Park is packed with options for customized fun!

Trees in the Joshua Tree National Forest

Start with a Ranger-Led Program

If it’s your very first summer visiting scenic Joshua Tree National Park, participating in one of the many ranger-led chats or tours available is always a great idea! Not only do these events provide incredible insight into park specifics but it’s a good way to get idea for expanding your experiences within the park itself during your visit. While these ranger chats and tours change month by month, some of the most popular events include Key Ranch tours, guided hikes, and talks that cover everything from the wildlife that call Joshua Tree National Park home to the specifics on the trees that gave the park the name in the first place! No matter what even you decide to participate in, you’re sure to be in for an engaging and educational treat from start to finish. Ranger-led events tend to run anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half at a time.

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Take a Geology Tour Road Drive

It’s no secret that temperatures tend to soar in Joshua Tree over the summer months. That said, those intense temperatures don’t have to stop you from making the most of safe and exciting sightseeing opportunities in the park. When it’s too warm to walk, jump in your air-conditioned vehicle and consider taking a Geology Tour Road drive instead! This 18-mile route runs through the many dynamic landscapes that make up Joshua Tree National Park and offers up stunning views for tourists. Along the way, there are a variety of lookout points where you can pull over and take pictures and admire the view too. Those who choose to explore the entire length of Geology Tour Road will want to be sure to set aside around two hours total for the experience and will want to be sure they’re settled into a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to maneuver parts of the route that are a bit more demanding than most passenger vehicles would handle.

Explore Cottonwood Spring Oasis

Within Joshua Tree National Park, time spent exploring Cottonwood Spring Oasis this summer could end up being the highlight of your visit! The spring was originally formed in the earth due to earthquake activity and was subsequently used by the Cahuilla Indians for centuries afterwards. The spring sits just about seven miles from the south entrance to Joshua Spring National Park and is a captivating landmark to encounter where visitors have previously found artifacts of Cahuilla life in the area including ollas, clay pots and even bedrock mortars. The spring has also played a vital role in hydrating miners and prospectors through the years looking to make a living off of gold discoveries. For that reason, the spring also hosts the remains of old-fashioned gold mils which required a robust water supply for processing and can still be viewed to this day to some degree. Those who visit Cottonwood Spring Oasis in the summer who have a passion for birding will find that this is one of the absolute best places in the park to spot a variety of winged species. You really only need to take a seat, pull out the binoculars and give it a few minutes to land on an incredible variety of bird or two in the area! For a fun way to end the day, consider visiting Cottonwood Spring as evening closes in. This area is notorious for offering up some truly breathtaking sunset views if you stick around until the sun goes down. Participating in this part of the adventure comes with the added benefit of cooler evening temperatures to enjoy as well.

Visit Skull Rock

While Joshua Tree National Park is filled with iconic landmarks to explore, travelers visiting Joshua Tree in summer won’t want to miss out on seeing one of the most identifiable of them all while they’re in the area—Skull Rock. This incredible boulder is named for the human skull it resembles. It’s a highly accessible landmark within the park so even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, it’s easy to fit into your itinerary. While the boulder can be seen from some of the main park boulevards, those excited to get up a bit closer will find both the Jumbo Rocks Campground and the Live Oak Picnic Area to be great options to viewing. Many summer visitors with a Skull Rock stop on their to-do list head this way later in the day when the sun is lower in the sky, temperatures are more comfortable, and the contrasting colors makes for a great shadow display across the landmark. If you stick around long enough, you’ll likely find that plenty of visitors have stopped by specifically to enjoy stargazing from this destination as well!

Keep an Eye Open for Bighorn Sheep at Barker Dam

If you happen to be an early riser and you’re looking to start your day with time in Joshua Tree National Park at least one day this summer, heading to Barker Dam is a good place to begin your adventure. An early morning visit is a great time to get a possible glimpse of the Bighorn sheep that call this area home! Barker Dam also hosts a trail by the same name that provides a good path for viewing. It’s only a little over a mile long and enjoys minimal elevation changes. Within the span of an hour, it can be fully traversed and provide great access to incredible views. You’ll want to have your camera ready in case you do come across those inspiring wildlife moments!

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Hiking Fun

Many travelers with their sights set on a summer trip to Joshua Tree do so with every intention of setting aside time to lace up their boots and hit the trails in scenic style. While Joshua Tree has long been loved for its amazing landscapes that provide novice and experienced hikers alike with incredible routes to check out, summer is a season that demands a bit more planning when it comes to hiking adventures. That said, it’s still one of the most popular activities to enjoy this time of year, as long as you think and pack ahead with purpose. Summer in Joshua Tree is nothing less than hot. However, it’s worth planning a safe and exciting hike route for those who understand the challenges that await.

No matter what route you’re planning to hike in Joshua Tree this summer, you’ll want to be sure you’ve packed an impressive amount of sunscreen and water. There are areas along most hiking routes through and around Joshua Tree that ironically lack that tree shade you might expect in the name. That means it’s important and more often than not, vital that you are well protected from harsh rays and have packed enough water to stay hydrated both out and back along your route with extra to spare. It’s also important to keep in mind that cell service can be less than ideal in some of the more remote places throughout the park. This makes hiking in pairs and giving others a heads up on your trekking plans a must before hitting the trails. Also do keep in mind that in most cases, dogs aren’t allowed on Joshua Tree trails. This is a rule set up in the name of maintaining the integrity of the landscape. It goes hand-in-hand with leaving no trace of your adventures—a rule outdoor adventurers from near and far tend to hold dear with good reason.

In the event that even an early morning hike is accompanied by rising summer temperatures, setting your sights on manageable and short routes is always the best way to maximize the fun. The Cholla Cactus Garden Hike through Joshua Tree National Park is a great route to choose in this scenario. At just .25-miles long, this hike includes minimal elevation fluctuations and only requires 30-minutes to complete. It’s an easy route for hikers of all skill levels that runs along the eastern side of the park. Much as the name indicates, hikers will enjoy views of the iconic Cholla Cactus along the way! If you have some time to spare and temperatures are still in your favor, consider hiking the Hidden Valley Trail too. This route is a mile long and is also rated easy for hikers. The elevation change is only 100 feet, and it takes about an hour to complete in total. This is a popular route through Joshua Tree National Park in the summer that features inspiring desert scenery as well as massive boulders and options to spot reptiles scurrying around as well.

Amazing Restaurants to Discover

A trip to Joshua Tree in the summer is bound to come with a long list of outdoor activities travelers are excited to check off. However, it’s also inevitable that these activities will lead to impressive appetites to attend to! Fortunately, the Joshua Tree area is filled with fantastic and flavorful eateries to enjoy that are well-worth checking out while you’re in the area. Among them is Dillon’s Burgers & Beers. Located at 49574 Twentynine Palms Highway, Dillon’s burgers & Beers is a must when you’re looking to curb a craving or two. This restaurant sits within reach of Palm Springs within the town of Morongo Valley. It’s a laid-back burger joint where it’s easy to settle in, enjoy mountain views and make the most of menu options that range from veggie burgers and double cheeseburgers to chicken burgers and even bison burgers! No matter what you order up, you’re going to want to be sure to pair it with a side of fries and an ice-cold beer to match. Sides like the coleslaw and tater tots also come highly recommended.

The Red Dog Saloon is another savory and inviting options when you can’t wait to enjoy a delicious meal this summer. This cowboy-themed stop is found at 53539 Mane Street within the area known and loved as Pioneertown. While this destination once served as a Hell’s Angels biker bar, it now enjoys its southwest-infused vibe where guests will find an impressive listing of Tex-Mex selections to choose from and enjoy. Options here range from beef brisket tacos and fresh margaritas to chips and queso to go along with savory quesadillas just to name a few.

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Areas to Stay

A Joshua Tree summer adventure is something everyone should enjoy and when you’re looking for a nearby place to settle into while visiting, Yucca Valley is always inspiring. Just under seven miles from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley is an inviting place to book a vacation rental at an elevation of 3,300 feet. This area is known for its beautiful desert terrain, starry evening skies and friendly atmosphere. It’s very much considered the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, but also enjoys its own highlights to discover. Yucca Valley has a rich western history that it puts on display while also maintaining a thriving business scene that brings the area into the modern age flawlessly.

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When you’re looking for a luxurious and conveniently located vacation rental for your next Joshua Tree adventure, the team at Hi-Desert Dwellings has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible property options and to start planning your summer vacation in California!

There’s nothing like a springtime trip to the desert—moderate temperatures, blooming cacti, and clear nighttime skies for stargazing are all hallmarks of this magical season, and it’s the perfect time to visit. Getting away for a springtime trip is always a relief. Besides having miles of national park to explore, you’ll find vibrant local dining, eclectic antique shops, and lots of relaxation, whether it’s kicking back in the hot tub at your vacation rental or dining out at brunch. With great weather and plenty of spring in Joshua Tree activities, it’s an ideal time to pay a visit to Joshua Tree and discover the magic that awaits. If you’ve been thinking about taking a spring vacation to Joshua Tree, California, then we’ve compiled some useful information for your trip!

Eat at a Spring Brunch Spot

Luckily our town of Joshua Tree is home to several brunch spots that you can reserve for a bit of daytime springtime festivities. The Crossroads Café is a popular spot in town for breakfast and brunch, in a welcoming, no-frills setting with a bit of rustic desert charm. Sit back with mimosas and eggs benedict for their weekend brunch special or try some south of the border flavors like Huevos Rancheros. Another popular option is The Natural Sisters Café, which serves up a variety of lunch and brunch dishes, in addition to homemade pie. Offering outdoor seating that’s perfect for springtime, this casual yet delicious spot serves up fresh pressed juices and smoothies as well! Other options include Country Kitchen, with a homecooked menu that even features vegan options, and Larry’s and Milt’s Western Café, serving up a variety of breakfast and lunch items in a casual setting.

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Explore Joshua Tree National Park

Of course, when you’re vacationing somewhere as gorgeous as Joshua Tree, the untouched beauty of that national park is right at your fingertips. Enjoy a spring sunrise traversing desert trails, and the morning taking in the sights with unbeatable views of the stunning desert landscape. The Discovery Trail offers an easy hike for kids and beginners, while the popular Panorama Loop offers lots of classic desert beauty. History buffs will love the Wall Street Mine Trail, where you can discover ruins from the gold-mining days and pass by the weathered remains of Wonderland Ranch. Be sure to keep an eye out for spring wildflowers and blooming cacti, such as cholla and beavertail cactus!

Half-Day Jeep Tour

For those who want to explore the more hidden areas of the park, consider the half-day Jeep tour of Joshua Tree National Park by Big Wheel Tours during your spring in Joshua Tree vacation. This tour takes you on a rugged, Jeep only trail that allows you to explore the plants and rock formations in this unique desert environment. It isn’t recommended for anyone with neck or back injuries or gets carsick easily as it will be a bumpy ride! Your tour includes the entry fees to the National Park, your transportation and guide, as well as snacks and bottled water. This tour lasts about 4 hours and is great for families visiting with children ages 6 and older. Don’t miss out on this jeep tour during your spring trip to Joshua Tree.

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Go Antiquing at Local Stores

The wild west is nothing without a few charming antique shops, and visitors to Joshua Tree will find quite a few that they can visit during a spring weekend. Whether it’s for a souvenir for someone back home, a holiday present, or a treat yourself outing, guests to the area will find antique shops offering everything from handmade furniture to vintage clothing spots. Try The Hoof and Horn and Funky and Darn Near New for clothing, and Pioneer Crossing Antiques for your typical antiquities. Route 62 Arts and Antiques in Yucca Valley is another honorable mention that you are sure to enjoy a stop at as well!

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At Hi-Desert Dwellings, we’re true locals who aim to be a part of our Joshua Tree community, from hiring local to sourcing as many of our business needs as possible from local companies. We love our town and aim to share that love with you through our high-quality vacation rentals! When you reserve a vacation rental with us, we go above and beyond to ensure you have an unforgettable experience, from our personalized customer service to our local expertise. From offering helpful local suggestions and tips, to being available for any questions you may have, we offer a personal touch to your rental experience that we hope will make all the difference for your Joshua Tree vacation! If you’d like to learn more about our spring in Joshua Tree vacation rentals, feel free to give our friendly local team a call today!

Joshua Tree makes for a wonderful location for anyone looking to escape some of the intense winter cold and see the great outdoors for the holidays. Visiting a spot like this also helps make for a more private, relaxing Christmas, since you’ll be able to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city in favor of a more laid-back environment. With Joshua Tree National Park right on your doorstep, you’ll be able to get your fill of gorgeous views from your rental, and if you’re feeling up to it, you can also head out into the park itself to get your fill of hiking.

The town also loves getting into the holiday spirit. With Christmas in Joshua Tree dinners, photo opportunities with Santa, brunch events, and plenty more, you’ll be able to fill up your days with holiday cheer. When you’ve had your fill, your new home away from home will always be there waiting for you to unwind.

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Outdoor Activities

No matter what time of year you’re in town, Joshua Tree National Park offers the ideal outdoor environment for people who enjoy getting that lovely fresh air. While you’re visiting the area, you can’t miss out on these wonderful environments that are right at your fingertips.

Hiking trails are, of course, one of the main activities you can take part in while you’re here, and you’ll find that there are trails for adventurers of all skill levels. You’re free to go out on a casual nature walk on one of the easy, relaxing trails, or challenge yourself to a more vertical experience with some of the more intense loops. After all, with all of the holiday parties going on, staying active is the best way to keep yourself in shape.

Horseback riding tours are also great fun and can make for a good family activity if the kids are old enough to handle maneuvering their own horse. This is a great way to treat yourself to all of the scenic views without having to put in the legwork of a hike, and guided tours will take you to some of the best viewing locations around.

Stargazing is also a very popular activity in the area, and you’ll be able to partake in it on any of your nightly outings. When you’re in the park area, the clear views of the open sky are common, and you can also just take a scenic drive to one of the many different viewing areas. If you enjoy the sights, you can easily spend a whole night having a relaxing drive and stopping wherever calls out to you to get a glimpse of the stars.

Visit a Local Farmers Market

Shop around for some high-quality ingredients for your upcoming Christmas dinner at the weekly Joshua Tree farmers’ market. While you’re scoping out the local offerings for something to make your holiday dinner truly unique, you’ll also enjoy the onsite entertainment and precooked foods. Though you may have gotten your fill of holiday shopping before making it out here, you might find that perfect last-minute gift for someone. Whatever the case, the market happens every Saturday, though holiday hours might change that the closer you get to Christmas, so be sure to check online for their schedule.

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Christmas Dinner at Your Vacation Home

Christmas dinner is one of the most important mainstays of the holiday. It’s a great time to get the whole family together to sit around the table and enjoy the company. All of our vacation rentals come equipped with fully furnished kitchens that will allow you to put together the Christmas dinner of your dreams while you’re on vacation. Our state-of-the-art appliances will ensure that all of your different dishes come out perfect, and with an abundance of provided cutlery and storage, you won’t have to worry about running out of space if you’re putting together a truly massive feast.

You can also find some wonderful local ingredients while you’re in town. Between the stores and farmers markets, the people of Joshua Tree source some great ingredients that can make for a truly unique Christmas meal. If you haven’t brought along your own ingredients, consider putting together a truly local meal with the love and care the locals have put into their own goods.

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Your Joshua Tree Christmas Awaits

Whether you’re planning on going out and hitting all of the trails, or you’d rather stay in and relax during your precious vacation time, you’ll be doing it in style when you stay at one of our vacation rentals. Hi-Desert Dwellings has put together a comprehensive list of properties that can accommodate groups of all sizes, so you’ll be able to enjoy your private getaway or family vacation in Joshua Tree no problem. Our team of agents has firsthand knowledge of our properties, and they can definitely match you up with the perfect home for your trip.

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The town of Joshua Tree and the nearby national park are vacation destinations for good reason. There’s no better way to see the gorgeous, untamed desert than staying in the safety of our Joshua Tree home rental. You can head into town to grab dinner, hit one of the countless scenic hiking trails nearby, or stay in and enjoy all of the wonderful amenities we’ve put in our Desert Quail Retreat.

Located in a peaceful Yucca Valley neighborhood, you’ll be staying in a spot that provides easy access to the area. Plenty of paved roads will keep your vehicle safe and clean, and with a spacious driveway out front you won’t need to worry about parking streetside. We’ve spared no expense to make this property beautiful and modern on the inside, with plenty of classic wood cabinetry and modern interior design sensibilities, you’ll be living in style during your Joshua Tree stay.

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All the Space You’ll Need

It all starts with our open, spacious living area, complete with a couch and several single seats located around the coffee table. You’ll enjoy lounging for hours, because this room has everything you need for a cozy night in. There’s a huge, widescreen TV ready for use up on the wall, and with our high-speed internet, you’ll be able to log in to all of your favorite streaming services to catch your favorite show or have a movie night with the family. If you’re staying on a colder desert night, there’s also a fireplace just below the TV, so you can kill the lights and watch a movie by the light of the fire if the mood strikes.

Desert Quail Retreat also comes equipped with a full kitchen for your dining pleasure. Whether you’re planning on putting together a few snacks between going out for your meals, or you want to hunker down and put together that huge feast for your group, you’ll have everything you need to prepare it just the right way.

When it comes to cooking, you’ll have an oven, stove top, and microwave, all of which are sleek and modern appliances with high end functionality. You won’t lack for storage space either because the kitchen has plenty of cabinets that are loaded up with cutlery and dishes, and many of the cabinets offer additional storage space on top of the abundant counter space. If you’re bringing cold goods along with you, there’s a combination refrigerator and freezer with all the shelf space you could ask for. This is definitely our best Joshua Tree home rental!

Once you’ve finished up with all of your meal prep, you’ll be able to enjoy your meal as traditionally or as casually as you like. Located adjacent to the living room, you’ll find a gorgeous wooden dining table with plenty of seating space for right around six people. If you’d prefer to spread out and dine more casually, there’s seating in the kitchen, living room, and who could forget outside with the scenic desert backdrop?

The Back Patio

This backyard is a great spot for the group to congregate no matter the time of day. You and your friends can gather around the firepit to beat the desert night’s cold while you cook up a grilled treat for everyone on the BBQ grill. There’s also a hot tub located out back. You could spend hours out here!

Dogs are also welcome if you’re planning on bringing the family pet with you. Let us know in advance if you’d like to bring your dog along, because there’s a $30 fee per dog, and you can only bring up to two animals with you.

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Sleeping Space

With a grand total of three bedrooms and two bathrooms, you’ll be able to bring along a decent sized group without having to worry about running out of space. The master bedroom comes with a king size bed, two bedside tables with lamps, and plenty of floorspace for you to set up your luggage. The window has blinds if you’re planning on sleeping in, or you could leave them up and let the sun give you a peaceful early morning start. You’ll also have easy access to the backyard with the adjoining sliding glass door.

The master bathroom has both a walk-in shower and full-size bathtub, and a counter with two sinks and a large mirror, giving you everything you need to get your day started and have yourself looking presentable.

Both of the other bedrooms come with queen size mattresses and a bedside table with lamp. Much like the master, you’ll be able to close the blinds and keep the sun out until you’re ready for it.

The second bathroom is shared between the other two bedrooms and has a combination shower and bathtub with a curtain instead of a glass door. There’s also a single sink with a mirror.

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Joshua Tree Is Waiting for You

If you stay at Desert Quail Retreat, you’ll be staying in a prime location to see Joshua Tree National Park and the nearby town, and we’ve made sure to provide everything you’d need to be comfortable if you didn’t want to leave the house at all. Get in touch with us now and book this wonderful vacation property!