Like many places that are close with nature, Joshua Tree is a wonderful place to visit during autumn. The changing of the season always brings about gorgeous temperatures and eye-catching sunsets that compliment desert sightseeing and tours that are sure to impress. The area also has a rich art and music culture, often bringing through music festivals and open studio tours through the many local art galleries. Naturally, if you’re visiting right around Halloween in Joshua Tree, there are plenty of fall themed events to check out, especially if you’re looking to see how the season inspires the artistic community.
Joshua Tree and the surrounding area have a good chunk of locations that routinely host live bands, especially on the weekends, which are absolutely worth the visit. If you’re looking to hear what the local musicians have going on while you’re in town, consider checking out these locations.
Pappy and Harriet’s, though a short drive out to Pioneertown, hosts live music every weekend. Like the rest of the buildings in its area, Pappy and Harriet’s has the rustic look of an old west town, having been built as part of a Hollywood filmset back in the 1940s. This old west vibe makes for a perfect backdrop with the desert and is a choice location for drinks and entertainment.
The Joshua Tree Saloon is a perfect spot to stop in while coming or going to the National Park, especially if you’re looking for live entertainment. They host local musicians on the weekends, and sporadically during the week, so check on their online calendar to see if they’ve got someone playing during your fall visit.
The Joshua Tree Music Festival
From Friday, Oct. 7th to Sunday, Oct. 10th, the Joshua Tree Music Festival is hosting a large lineup of bands in a Covid conscious environment. Though they’re running fewer concurrent events than usual and limiting attendance, it’s absolutely worth getting a ticket to experience days’ worth of stunning live performances in a thoughtfully constructed outdoor venue.
The festival is an all-ages friendly experience, and always draws a crowd as diverse as the range of genres that are performed there. Festival runners pride themselves on bringing in up-and-coming artists, and many previous players have gone on to become Grammy winning or nominated artists. Take the chance to see the next big act before they blow up and hit the scene.
Witness the Changing of the Season
Joshua Tree National Park is a perfect destination for catching the desert in seasonal bloom. Autumn and winter are one of the two times of year where desert plants are in season, adding that extra splash of color. You can experience the park at your own pace, naturally, but there’s no shortage of tours, guided nature walks, and even workshops dedicated to photographing the desert sky by night to see the stars. There are so many options and destinations for visitors of all skill levels.
The Morongo Basin Orchid Festival
Happening early in October, the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival is a large gathering with wine tasting, food, live music, plenty of great photo opportunities, and, of course, orchids. Between gorgeous greenhouse tours and a judged contest that has open entry to the public, there’s a lot to see when all of the orchids are in seasonal bloom. There’s even an orchid class where you take home your own flower or arrangement at the end.
If you plan on going to the festival, make sure you check out their schedule of events for both days, as you’ll have the chance to participate in multiple classes, see different live bands each day, and participate in unique viewings of the greenhouse, both self-guided and directed. This is one of the best things to do for Halloween in Joshua Tree!
See the Park and Experience the Wonderful People
Joshua Tree is a place filled with hospitable people and great entertainment, and the National Park is among the best spots to safely and comfortably experience the majesty of the desert. Whether you’re planning on visiting to see one or both, Hi-Desert Dwellings has the right size property to accommodate your stay. Visit us online to book your stay and get in touch with Joshua Tree.
The desert is a place like none other in the world, offering a pace that is slower and a touch of glamour that harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood. Our Golden Desert Ranch Joshua Tree property is an example you will definitely want to explore closer! Blending mid-century modern with a touch of the country and a taste of South America, its three bedrooms are peaceful, serene, and decorated in styles that are distinctly different, while the bathrooms offer an updated style that gives off the feeling of a spa. If your vacation plans include a visit to the desert of Joshua Tree, choosing our Golden Desert Ranch property will give you the opportunity to bask in the quiet luxuries that are innate to all our properties. This guide to its charms will perhaps give you a peek into your own future!
Ranch Life in the Desert
From the outside, this sweet property offers a ranch house style, with its wide front porch, white siding, classic black shutters, and white picket fence, but when the door opens and you step inside, a new world is revealed. Step into a space that is crisp, clean, and stylish, offering pure white walls and tile flooring that feels cool beneath bare feet. The living room features a large picture window that peeks out onto a desert mesquite tree standing tall and proud against the front of the home, and a modern sectional topped with a high-end camel colored leather. Sink into its plush comfort and surf the channels on the flat screen television hanging on the wall opposite the sofa or grab a book and sit in the chair by the aforementioned window and lose yourself in the story. The open concept of this floor plan adds to the airiness of the space and allows you to do your own thing without feeling separated from the others in your traveling group. Sit at the large wooden table and answer emails or work to put together a puzzle spread out at one end.
Head into the kitchen for a snack, a beverage, or to prepare a meal, and take a minute to enjoy the forest green cabinets that add an interesting spark of color and contrast nicely with the light stone countertops. Updated appliances and a compact breakfast bar add to the country charm of this cozy space. When you first drove up to the home, you might have wondered why the garage is seemingly not to be used, but a few quick steps away from the kitchen reveals a fun surprise: The garage has been converted into a game room, complete with pool table, ping pong table, comfortable couch, and a split unit air conditioner designed to easily fight the desert heat and keep you cool during your moments of competitiveness!
After a few games, you may find yourself ready for a good night’s sleep, and after you pick your favorite room, you will fall easily into a deep slumber and awaken the next morning refreshed and renewed. As we mentioned earlier, each room has its own style and ambience, so the choice may be a little more difficult than you first imagined. Perhaps it is the one with the painted headboard in the shape of an arch and a selection of retro art that includes a wood shelf encased in macrame, or maybe it is one of the other two rooms, both offering ratan headboards for the soft and comfortable beds they hold. This is definitely our best Joshua Tree property!
Of Course, There Is More!
The interior of Golden Desert Ranch is designed to be warm and welcoming, yet cool in the hottest months of the year, but comfort and style isn’t all it offers. Step out onto the covered patio and rejoice in the fun and comfort you find here as well! It offers a barbecue grill and a place to consume the meals you create on said grill, a couple of hammocks strategically placed to catch the desert breezes on those lazy mornings you just can’t see yourself doing much of anything, and a hot tub that gives warmth and romance to the exterior space. Spend a few hours playing from a selection of yard games hanging on the white picket fence or teach your child the joys of hitting a ball on a string; a tetherball “court” is yet another fun addition to the landscape! On hotter days, cooling off in the cowboy tucked into the corner of the whimsical corrugated tin fence that gives privacy and style to the yard is a unique experience you may not ever see again. Once the sun sets in a glorious display of color and fire, the stars light up the desert sky, and you will be cozy and warm as you gather round the fire pit tucked away in another corner of the yard.
Choose Hi-Desert Dwellings
The 60s were a time when we still dressed up to fly, when sipping martinis and smoking cigarettes were considered cool, and when homes were designed with a little bit of glamour and a whole lot of natural. Although much has changed, there is a small part of us that misses those days, especially the homes in which every tiny detail made the biggest impact. Today’s homes tend to be cookie cutter structures with shoddy workmanship, but if you are planning a journey to Joshua Tree, a stay in our Casa Coyoacan 5-bedroom, 3-bath mid-century modern Joshua Tree getaway house can bring you back to those days for the duration of your stay! Allowing you to do your own version of sipping martinis by the pool in a private cabana, create meals to be enjoyed al fresco, and sleep deeply, your high desert getaway in our Hi-Desert Dwellings sanctuary promises to be a timeless adventure.
Making Memories with the Family
Casa Coyoacan doesn’t just offer the opportunity to step into the past; it also offers the perfect place to stay and make memories with your entire family, pets included! Walk under the arch that leads the way to one of the happiest times of your life, and as the door swings open, be prepared to be amazed. Engineered hardwoods create a path you won’t be able to resist following, guiding you to an open concept living, dining, kitchen space that is the hub of this Joshua Tree getaway house. The kitchen, once a separate space, has been opened up and stands out with its barnwood-inspired framed entrance and its super-sized island topped with crisp white stone countertops. A gray tiled backsplash adds a touch of modern to the room, blending in nicely with the upgraded stainless steel appliances that promise to bring the joy back to your cooking experiences. That center island serves as more than a focal point, however, providing overflow seating for five and plenty of space to prepare meals under bright pendant lights.
The dining room, located just steps away from the kitchen, features a natural touch in the wood slab dining table and the dramatic photos of the Joshua trees that make our corner of the world a special place to live. The living room, found just a few more steps away, offers an inviting comfort that warms the cold places in your heart! Spend a lazy Tuesday napping on the plush softness of the cool gray sectional, watch the big game on the state of the art television hanging on a shiplap wall, or grab a book from the bookshelf in the corner and lose yourself in other people’s stories! A wood burning stove serves as a romantic heat source on cooler days in the desert, but probably won’t be needed during a summer escape.
Each of the bedrooms offer a peaceful vibe, some featuring barnwood focal walls or barn door entries into en suite baths, while other bedrooms offer iron beds that could have come from another century, private entrances to the covered patio just outside, or in the case of the casita that is an integral part of Casa Coyoacan, another living room, dining area, and kitchen!
A Different World
As wonderful as the interior of this gorgeous house is, it is the exterior that will bring you much joy. Offering a crystal clear pool for swimming, a bubbly hot tub to soothe aching muscles and add more romance to your adventures, and an outdoor kitchen tucked away in an alcove offering a desert mural on its wall, you just may want to spend your entire getaway out here soaking up the ambiance! Come together for a family meal on the living edge wood slab table that seats 12 people comfortably, play a game of bean bags on the “court” set up by the corrugated tin walls, or when the sun sinks behind the hills and the moon bathes the landscape in an ethereal glow, gather around the fire pit for ghost stories and fascinating conversation. Oh, and one more blast from the past can be found out here: A tetherball pole is set up away from the firepit, giving your children a peek into your own days at school!
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Joshua Tree is most well-known for its national park and amazing natural beauty, but what many don’t know is that there is an amazing selection of restaurants and places to eat in Joshua Tree to really take your vacation experience to the next level. Here is a list of the best casual dining locations in Joshua Tree to help you plan your trip.
Pappy and Harriet’s
If you have a hankering for BBQ while visiting Joshua Tree, then you must include a stop at this Joshua Tree staple. Pappy and Harriet’s consistently ranks as a must-visit restaurant in Joshua Tree for good reason. This iconic restaurant is also a saloon and outdoor music venue with history dating back to the 1940s. During this time, Pappy and Harriet’s was the key building in the early Pioneertown and was designed to be a part of an 1800s frontier set for Hollywood movies. If the walls at Pappy and Harriet’s could talk, they would have some amazing stories to tell. Along with the rich history of this amazing building, the owners are serving up some amazing BBQ favorites to go along with the live music that frequents the establishment. You simply must experience a night at Pappy and Harriet’s during your Joshua Tree stay.
Although Joshua Tree is a bit of a drive from major cities like Los Angeles, La Copine takes isolation to the next level. This daytime cafe is smack dab in the middle of the desert and serves up some amazing lunchtime options that make it well worth a visit. The menu is small but features robust flavors. Some of the best options include options like duck liver mousse, pork belly banh mi, and fried chicken. Their menu covers many different types and styles of food, but it makes for an amazing experience no matter what you choose to eat. Their food options tend to be a little more upscale, but the atmosphere is much more casual and will be a perfect option for your lunchtime meal in Joshua Tree. Seating is first come, first serve, and they are only open from 11 am to 4 pm daily, so make sure you get to this Joshua Tree favorite as soon as you can.
Many people flock to Joshua Tree to take in the natural beauty through hiking, but you need to make sure that you fuel up before your trip. One of the best places to fuel up before your hike is at Natural Sisters. This amazing restaurant is located right next to the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park and caters to the various people looking to get a bite before venturing out into Joshua Tree. They specialize in fresh and natural ingredients for a wholistic approach to food. They have amazing vegetarian wraps, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies to help you fuel up. One of their favorite options is the vegan carrot cake that is to die for. This sweet treat is amazing, but you might want to wait to eat this until after your hike, since it is a bit on the indulgent side.
In a remote location like Joshua Tree, there are not many new places to eat in Joshua Tree opening up on a yearly basis. However, The Dez is a new addition that is making a splash. This all-day eatery opened in late 2020 and is another excellent post-hike fuel up option in the downtown Joshua Tree area. The Dez is a small counter service space that opened up as takeaway only but appears to be expanding soon. Their large menu changes on a daily basis and provides you with plenty of options from which to choose. We recommend trying one of their fresh made sandwiches like the pesto BLT; you can also grab one of their pre-made lunch boxes to enjoy on your hike in Joshua Tree National Park. You really can’t go wrong with anything on this amazing menu.
Joshua Tree Saloon
Another staple in the restaurant and entertainment scene in Joshua Tree is the Joshua Tree Saloon. This amazing saloon caters to both locals and visitors alike. As the name suggests, the Joshua Tree Saloon is a kitschy old west saloon that specializes in the Western motif. The menu is filled with traditional American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and big plates of meat. This is the perfect spot to relax after a long day at the Joshua Tree National Park, since their portions are large and hearty. Although it has a funny theme, you will feel right at home immediately, and this saloon is the perfect spot to grab a pint and enjoy yourself.
There are many more exciting adventures to have in Joshua Tree, and Hi-Desert Dwellings can help you experience them all! Contact us today to book your rental property and enjoy a desert escape.
For a unique vacation experience in the High Desert, look no further than our Constellation Compound, Joshua Tree rental property! Consisting of two dwellings situated on 10 acres of private land, it is the perfect choice of stay for those seeking solitude and an interesting Bohemian aesthetic while vacationing in the beautiful California desert.
The main house on the property features 2 bedrooms and 1.5 half baths that make for comfortable accommodations for up to 4 guests. You’ll find a slightly more contemporary style on the outside of the home, which features two separate outdoor patio spaces: a smaller one located on the front of the house and a larger space that spans the entire back of the home. The front exterior features friendly, bright colors that foreshadow the eclectic decor inside the home. Walk through the front door and you’ll find a small entryway that leads directly into a comfortable living area featuring a wood-burning stove and a flat-screen TV. The living area flows directly into a modern kitchen space, with stainless steel appliances and an eat-in counter area with seating for two. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area, which seats between 4-6 guests and faces an expansive window, offering an abundance of natural light and allowing you to take in the beautiful desert views. The master suite in the main home features a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom. The bathroom is modern and upgraded, with dual vanities and a large walk-in shower with stunning blue tile. The second bedroom boasts a queen-size bed and offers direct access to the outdoor patio space through a set of sliding glass doors. The entire home is decorated in a combination of styles that could best be described as modern, but funky, which appropriately reflects the artistic sentiments of the surrounding area.
Features of Our Joshua Tree Rental Cabin
If you are looking for a quirky sense of style, then the second home on this property is sure to delight! Referred to as the cabin, this dwelling is slightly smaller than the main house, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in unforgettable style! Enter the front door of the home into the living space which features a smaller seating area with a lot of personality, such as a vintage suitcase converted into a coffee table and a large wood-burning stove to be used as a fireplace for the chilly desert night! Off of the main living area and through an expansive doorway is one of the bedrooms. However, you can draw the curtains for additional privacy. Directly behind the living area is the dining and kitchen space. The dining area offers seating for four guests, and the kitchen features a quirky combination of bright blue cabinetry, red countertops, and green walls that add to the unique aesthetic of the home. Here you’ll find interesting details such as colorful, decorative masks on the wall, a small painted mural, and a green accent window that add to the eclectic vibe in the home. Both bedrooms offer direct access through sliding glass doors to the outdoor space. The shared bathroom in this home features a tiled walk-in shower and small vanity. Although the cabin may be the smaller space, it feels larger than it is due to the abundance of natural light in every room, and it offers great views of the desert from both bedrooms!
Sitting on 10 acres of land, Constellation Compound has an impressive and expansive outdoor space. You’ll likely spend lots of time laying out by the pool or soaking in the hot tub. The hot tub area offers seating for two, while the pool area offers two lounge chairs and an outdoor dining area with seating for four. There’s also a large umbrella that keeps you shaded during those sunny desert days! There’s also an additional shaded cabana with two more loungers that create a small outdoor living area. Enjoy 360-degree views of the desert no matter where you are on the property. Off of the deck on the main house is a seating area, with plenty of covered patio space with an outdoor dining table featuring seating for four guests and a small outdoor living area. There’s also a hammock, perfect for reading a book, napping, or watching the sunset. Best of all, this property is just 15 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park and the nearby artistic community. Enjoy shops, galleries, restaurants in town or head into the National Park for outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, hiking, and more!
Whether you are seeking true solitude or want to fully immerse yourself in the artistic community of the desert, Constellation Compound is a unique and eclectic Joshua Tree rental property. You won’t find a home like Constellation Compound anywhere else; Reach out today and book!
When you visit the desert, you may expect an endless array of sunny days, a landscape dotted with cactus, and temperatures that are more than a little higher than those you are used to in your hometown, and generally, when you visit Joshua Tree, that is what you get. What you might not expect, however, is that one rare day when the skies open up and the rain falls to the ground in a seemingly endless display of showers. If this happens to you while you are exploring the wonders of Joshua Tree and staying in one of our Hi-Desert Dwellings escapes, you should count yourself as one of the lucky ones as you slow down your pace, take a whiff of the rain-soaked desert, and enjoy any or all of these rainy day activities in Joshua Tree!
Even on vacation we have a tendency to rush here and there, determined to see all and do all the area has to offer in the woefully limited amount of time we have, but when the rain falls, it is almost as if it is nature’s way of telling us to slow down and enjoy the journey! Our desert escapes are designed to embrace your new pace, and if you find yourself sleeping late, staying in your pajamas even later, and dawdling over a fresh pot of brewed coffee on a dark and rainy day, we are happy we could contribute to your time of idleness! Days like these are meant for curling up in an oversized chair with a good book, taking long naps on super soft sofas, and for being present in the moment. There are no meetings that need to be attended, no chores to be done, and if you are hungry, we are proud of our fully equipped kitchens, but if you choose to enjoy a breakfast cooked and served by someone else, well, our next paragraph will lead you in the right direction!
At the Crossroads
No, we aren’t discussing the direction your life is leading you, but WE are leading you to the wonderful comfort foods found at the Crossroad Café, located at 61715 Twentynine Palms Highway. Breakfast is served all day at this rustic-looking spot in the middle of the desert, and the friendly staff at Crossroad Café serves the dishes we have loved since childhood, including biscuits and gravy, spicy Southwestern style omelets, and sweet pancakes that are light and fluffy. Sitting at one of their tables with a full plate in front of you, your family surrounding you, and the skies visibly weeping outside is a scene you are not likely to forget any time soon!
Roadside Attractions for the Win
What do the world’s largest otter, the world’s largest thermometer, and the World Famous Crochet Museum have in common with each other? They are all roadside attractions that offer a fun break in your traveling time! The World Famous Crochet Museum, located at 61855 CA-62 in Joshua Tree, is inside a converted photo hut and offers a small collection of unusual crocheted items, including a crocheted wine bottle cover, pillows, and even a crocheted Oreo cookie! Take a few minutes out of your rainy day to explore the kitschy wonders found inside and be sure to take a picture while you are there. The museum’s biggest claim to fame is having the honor of its photos being discovered all over the world; there is even a photo of the converted photo shop on the walls of the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris!
Treat Yourself Better
As we rush about in real life, taking our kids to the doctor, fixing dinner for the family, or typing up a report for our boss, there is one thing for which we never seem to take the time, and that is ourselves! When was the last time you had a massage, a facial, or took the time to explore alternative health treatments such as Reiki or guided meditation? The slow pace of a rainy day in the desert almost demands that you take some time for yourself with a visit to the Naturalives Day Spa at 6448 Hallee Road #8 to explore all of the above and so much more! Breathe deep and live naturally as the talented staff make your relaxation dreams come true and when it is time to leave the spa and return to your vacation home away from home, a little rain won’t even seem to matter!
Find Your Joy with Hi-Desert Dwellings
However you spend your daylight hours in Joshua Tree, spending your nights with us will be the highlight of your California adventures! Reserve your stay with us today!
Pack your bags with your swimsuit and your yoga gear and head to one of the most beautiful homes in the Palm Desert area! This Spanish-Pueblo Revival style villa offers a desert resort experience wrapped up with the benefits of renting a private home. Filled with features that perfectly reflect the serenity and beauty of the surrounding desert, this home is the perfect choice for those seeking a luxury experience. This 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom Palm Desert vacation home sits on a spacious 2.5 acres of land with stunning views everywhere you look. Inside, you’ll find modern desert furnishing that completely complements the scenery. Seeking rest and relaxation in the desert? Look no further than the House of the Rising Sun.
Entering the Home
As you enter the gates of the House of the Rising Sun, you’ll notice that the exterior white walled fence offers the utmost privacy. Inside the walls, the front landscape of the home features native desert plants and a quietly bubbling creek running through. The front patio space houses a hanging daybed, perfect as a napping or meditation space as you take in the desert views and the sounds of the creek. Head through the impressive double wooden doors to enter the main living space of the house.
Kitchen, Living and Dining Spaces
The House of the Rising Sun features an open concept floor plan with plenty of natural light. The kitchen, living, and dining space are laid out in one large great room, making it easy to move through the home and a wonderful space for entertaining. Enjoy cooking in a stunning kitchen featuring natural wood cabinets, granite countertops, and upgraded appliances including a double oven and gas stove. The expansive kitchen island hosts an additional sink, as well as a wine refrigerator and wine rack. Adjacent to the kitchen is a long dining room table with seating for 10, located next to a large window offering great views of the beautifully landscaped front yard. On the opposite wall from the kitchen and dining areas is the living room. Here, you’ll find a flat screen TV, sleek modern fireplace, and dual seating areas featuring a couch and double armchairs. There is plenty of natural light coming into this great room space from the windows and the sliding glass door that heads in the backyard space. There is a half bathroom just off the living area, perfect for guests.
The master suite is an impressive 600 square foot room with a king bed, en suite bathroom, and private seating area. The private nesting space features a luxurious leather massage chair and a daybed that can be used as an additional sleeping space. Entering the bathroom feels like stepping into a luxury spa, with a tiled walk-in shower with body sprays and a rain head, as well as a large jetted soaking tub. The double sink area sits adjacent to a vanity seating area with a large mirror.
Additional Bedroom and Bathroom Spaces
Although the master suite is impressive, the additional bedrooms in the home are also lovely! The second bedroom also features a king size bed, along with a seating area with a daybed and flat screen TV. This room also features a private door to the front courtyard and beautiful desert views through every window. The adjacent full bathroom features a single sink with an expansive counter space and a tiled walk-in shower. The other three bedrooms all feature king sized beds with desert views.
House of the Rising Sun has an impressive interior, but the wow factor of this property is truly the outdoor space! The 2.5 acres of land is impressively landscaped with desert plants and great amenities, including a barbeque grill, outdoor dining area with seating for 12 guests. There are multiple seating areas and hammocks placed throughout the property, allowing for both social gatherings and solitude depending on your needs. There is both a hot tub and a salt water pool, which can be heated upon request. One of the most impressive spaces is the rooftop deck. The rooftop deck is the crown jewel of the property, offering a perfect area for stargazing, yoga, or meditation. The inside of the home may be beautiful, but the outdoor area makes the House of the Rising Sun a premier property in the Palm Desert area and provides the perfect private oasis in the desert.
Take in the beauty and serenity of the desert at the House of the Rising Sun. Between the modern interior decor and the truly impressive outdoor space, this home offers a luxury desert resort experience with the benefits of a private home. Book today to make the first step to a fantastic Palm Desert vacation!
Those looking to reconnect with nature, no matter the time of year, should consider a vacation in Joshua Tree. Best known for the stunning National Park by the same name, the surrounding town also offers fun entertainment, dining, and arts that are sure to delight any visitor. For your upcoming 4th of July getaway, consider a non-traditional vacation destination and spend the weekend in the breathtaking Joshua Tree area. Whether you are looking to camp out in nature or spend time in the town living like a local, there is plenty to do in Joshua Tree that is sure to keep you busy. Keep reading to find out about our favorite events and activities to enjoy during the Joshua Tree 4th of July celebration!
Stay Safe for the 4th in Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is one of our nation’s most beautiful natural locations, and millions of visitors flock here to spend the day in the park or even camp overnight. If you are considering a trip into the National Park for the 4th of July weekend, you want to be sure you are prepared for a safe and fun trip! A campfire is a classic park of any camping trip but be sure to check for any fire restrictions before your trip and follow all designated guidelines. If you are able to have a fire, be sure to use the fire rings provided and never leave the fire unattended. Also be sure to completely put out the fire before you leave the campsite. Also, although it may be tempting to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, these are prohibited in the National Park due to the fire risk. You can still enjoy the beauty of nature during your 4th of July camping trip but be sure to do so safely!
If you aren’t planning to camp overnight, but are considering a day trip or hike, make sure you do so safely as well. Cell phone coverage is not available throughout most of the National Park, which is great for reconnecting with nature. However, be sure to tell someone where you are planning to hike and when you plan to return as a safety precaution. You’ll also want to bring a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, ample food, and be sure to wear loose, light colored clothing and proper shoes. All of this will help you stay safe and ensure that you have fun!
Joshua Tree Farmers’ Market
One of the most popular activities in Joshua Tree for 4th of July weekend is the Joshua Tree Farmers Market! Held every Saturday from 8am to 1pm, this certified farmers’ market ensures that everything sold here is locally grown or made. Shop fresh produce, flowers, and locally made crafts! Located off of Highway 62, East of Park Blvd, it is easy to find no matter where you are staying in Joshua Tree. It’s the perfect chance to live like a local during your 4th of July weekend!
Milky Way Photography Workshop
The National Park offer stunning scenic views during the day, but it is also a fantastic destination for stargazing and night time photography. During your 4th of July getaway, consider booking a photography workshop that teaches you all the tips and tricks of night time photography to take your photos to the next level. Learn how to photograph the night sky like a professional, including how to edit your photos to make the most of them. Spend the night in the National Park, beginning about three or four hours before sunset and take photographs until midnight under the guidance of a professional. Then, you’ll spend the next morning reviewing and processing your photos. All skills levels are welcome, whether you are a novice or an avid photographer looking to improve your skills.
Joshua Tree Art Walk
In addition to great natural views, Joshua Tree is also known for its many art galleries, featuring local art inspired by the beauty of the National Park. Although individual tours of the galleries are currently unavailable due to local gathering restrictions, you can make your own tour by heading to the many galleries located in downtown Joshua Tree. Support local art during your holiday weekend!
Live Music at the Joshua Tree Saloon
Although spending a quiet evening in the National Park or an afternoon at the farmers’ market or art gallery, you may want to get a little rowdy for 4th of July! If so, then enjoy an evening of live music and great food at the Joshua Tree Saloon. The evening of July 4th, enjoy live music from local legends Arroyo Rogers. Enjoy one of the 14 cold beers they have on tap while doing the two-steps to your favorite country classics and even hear some original songs. It’s a fun way to celebrate the holiday weekend in Joshua Tree!
No matter how you plan to spend the holiday, booking one of our spacious vacation rentals is sure to elevate your getaway. Contact us today to book your Joshua Tree vacation!
Joshua Tree National Park is one of California’s most unique and beautiful sites. Here you’ll find the hidden beauty that lies in the desert in this inspirational place. Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing vacation destination for anyone who loves nature or has an appreciation for America’s National Parks. Although you could simply show up and explore the park on your own, consider booking a Joshua Tree tour to get local insights and have the opportunity to visit all the main attractions here during your vacation. Whether you are looking for a low-key visit or wanting a full-blown adventure, the perfect tour is waiting for you. Keep reading to find out our picks for top tours to experience in Joshua Tree!
Self-Driving Audio Tour
There are many beautiful sites in Joshua Tree National Park that you won’t want to miss on your visit here! If this is your first time visiting or you only have a few hours and you want to be sure to hit all the highlights, then this tour is a great option! This is a 3- to 4-hour self-guided audio tour, so you can enjoy it from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Once you sign up for the tour, you will be prompted to download an app that gives you access to the tour. They will talk you through the best route through the park while telling you stories of the history, plants, and animals of the area. You will be led to over 30 sites on stops in Joshua Tree National Park, and best of all, your tour never expires, so you can access it every time you visit!
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. 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.
Half-Day Guided Hike
Explore the park on foot with a fantastic half-day guided hike from a local expert and resident of the Mojave Desert, Travis Puglisi. Travis logs over 200 miles each year in Joshua Tree National Park and is able to offer great insights into the landscape, local history, and natural life of the area. This is a private tour, so you are able to customize your experience based on your interests, abilities, and expectations. Your tour fee includes your guided experience, as well as snacks, but does not include the National Park entrance fee. Be sure to bring plenty of water, comfortable hiking shoes, as well as a hat and sunblock. Although there are many hiking tours offered in Joshua Tree National Park, there are few that are as insightful and enjoyable as this one!
Rock Climbing Trips from Stone Adventures
Joshua Tree National Park is most known for its iconic Joshua trees, but it is also home to amazing rock formations that offer over 9,000 different rock climbing routes. With a rock climbing tour with Stone Adventures, you can enjoy a half day adventure in Joshua Tree National Park that can be customized to your skill level. Climb with a certified rock climbing guide and all equipment is included with your tour fee. Small tour sizes mean that you can enjoy one on one instruction from your guide, perfect for first-time climbers. This tour is fun for the whole family and will be as adventurous as you are comfortable with!
Secrets of Joshua Tree Hidden Valley Scavenger Hunt
If you are looking to explore Joshua Tree, but want a unique and fun experience that is different from all other tours in the area, consider this scavenger hunt tour of Joshua Tree’s Hidden Valley. This 2-hour self-guided tour is best if you begin around 9am, and doesn’t involve any geocaching, GPS points, or math, making it great for even inexperienced scavenger hunters. Journey through the desert to search for clues along the Hidden Valley Nature Trail, an easy 1-mile loop. Learn the history and nature of the area while you solve for clues, and most importantly, have fun!
Joshua Tree is an area that attracts millions of visitors each year and has inspired people with its beauty for generations. Explore the wonder of Joshua Tree National Park with the help of a guide by booking one of these amazing tours!
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