Spring break is nearly synonymous with epic vacations, and there’s no better place to take off for than Joshua Tree, California! Let the magic of the desert envelope you for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—traversing trails of blooming cacti in Joshua Tree National Park, stargazing at a canopy of desert stars, and discovering the southwestern charm of our town. Everyone can find something to love about Joshua Tree, whether it’s adventuring the most beautiful trails in the park or brunching and shopping locally. It’s even better to visit during the spring, because the weather is perfect and sunny during the day, without the scorching heat of summer. So whether you’re on a legendary odyssey across the country or coming from a neighboring state, you should Consider A Spring Break Getaway Trip To Joshua Tree!
Spring Break Getaway Trip To Joshua Tree
One of the best things about spring in Joshua Tree National Park is that you’re treated to a blossoming desert coming back to life after the chilly winter season. This is truly the desert at peak beauty, with breezy weather and a variety of sights only seen in the spring. Take for example the Hidden Valley Trail—always popular because of its easy terrain that consists of a simple one-mile loop, this classic hike is a must-see in the spring, as clusters of wildflowers have sprouted up all alongside the trail to provide you with stunning views.
Venture along the Barker Dam Trail to be treated to gorgeous views of the historic Barker Dam, along with other native Joshua Tree vegetation and massive rocks and boulders. This trail also offers a simple 1.1-mile loop, making it accessible for hikers of most skill levels. In the spring you can view Barker Dam at its most optimal time, as it’s the fullest after a rainy season. When the dam is lush with spring plant life, you’re also more likely to spot wildlife in this area during that time, as they come to the dam for a drink or a bite to eat! And speaking of, spring is an excellent time to have a picnic lunch at the dam day-use area, which offers picnic tables and firepits with grills.
When you visit Joshua Tree National Park in the springtime, you also have the chance to see one of the most popular trails in the park come alive with vibrant pops of color. The Cholla Cactus Garden trail has long been an iconic part of the park, full of stretching fields of uniquely shaped cacti that are native to the southwest and parts of Mexico, with prickly, stick-like limbs. When the cholla cactus blooms in the spring, they offer up stunning flowers in shades of bright purple. This trail is one of the top things to do in Joshua Tree during the springtime!
Visit the Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market in the Spring
Because we enjoy a temperate climate even in the winter, you’ll find the Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market is conveniently open every Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grab some citrus fruit to throw in a spring sangria or margarita back at your vacation rental, or fresh berries to snack on as you explore the national park. The Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market offers even more beyond produce, as local vendors from all around the area come to sell their wares. Buy a leather coin pouch with a southwestern flair, or some natural handmade soap—the farmer’s market has a wide selection of products to browse, and you might even find your next favorite purchase there. You can find the farmer’s market in Downtown Joshua Tree at Turtle Island.
Explore the Spring Culinary Scene of Joshua Tree
Roadside cafes, quaint brunch spots, and country diners all await you on your visit to the southwest—especially in Joshua Tree! Swing by The Dez and order a quick sandwich or other food for a picnic in the park. Set in a building with a diner sort of vibe, Crossroads Café offers an assortment of fare, from traditional breakfast to lunch and dinner options—there are even some vegan items on the menu. If you’re a pizza lover, stop by Sky High Pie, where you’ll find a menu of gourmet pizzas, along with build-your-own options, salads, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. This is just a sampling of all our amazing restaurants in town—and don’t forget spring is perfect for patio seating!
It’s Time to Book Your Joshua Spring Break Trip!
We offer a collection of beautiful rentals in and around Joshua Tree, with all-star amenities, stunning décor, and gorgeous outdoor spaces. Take a look at our lovely Joshua Tree vacation rentals, and give our local team a call and we’ll help you book your dream Joshua Tree spring break rental today!