When you think of a typical and standard Halloween, images might come to mind of fall foliage, spooky forests, and a constant chill in the air—but there’s an entirely different way to experience Halloween at Joshua Tree! Trade the dreary daytime temperatures of fall for a breezy 80-degree average, literally the perfect temperature to enjoy the warmth of the desert without the scorching heat, giving you an ideal environment for exploring some of the most iconic sights of Joshua Tree National Park. Even better, you don’t have to sacrifice the chilly crisp of fall, as the temperature lowers in the evenings to the low 50s–dare we say, ideal stargazing from the hot tub weather?
No matter your Halloween style, you’ll find lots to do when you visit Joshua Tree for Halloween! Attend a local Halloween event, shop for handmade fall décor, and stop by the town farmers market to whip up your own fall treats—the Halloween fun is endless in Joshua Tree, making it a uniquely delightful destination for a Halloween vacation!
Halloween at Joshua Tree National Park
Of course, the major attraction on your vacation is likely to be our famed Joshua Tree National Park, home to stunning sights such as the otherworldly Joshua Tree, the Cholla Cactus Garden, Skull Rock, and so much more! In fact, Halloween is an ideal time to visit the park and explore it in all its glory, with comfortable weather and great stargazing opportunities. Spy Bighorn sheep at Barker Dam, traverse the hidden Valley and visit the Hall of Horrors—aptly named for a Halloween excursion to the park, the Hall of Horrors is not all that spooky but includes narrow rock passages on the 30-minute trail. Whatever you put on your Joshua Tree Halloween itinerary, you’re sure to see plenty of natural wonders on the way!
Visit a Local Farmers Market in Joshua Tree
To get into the fall spirit with seasonal treats, or pick up a pumpkin to carve, stop by the Joshua Tree Farmers Market. In addition to local fruits and vegetables, you’ll find lots of vendors selling handmade goods, from jewelry to candles to organic lotions. It’s a place that brings all the best of farm-to-table, and it’s never a bad idea to pick up a few fresh ingredients for a home-cooked meal either! You can find the Joshua Tree Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Downtown Joshua Tree at Turtle Island.
Shop for Spooky Desert Antiques
In Joshua Tree, we’re somewhat well-known for our rustic southwestern antique shops, where you can find everything from new front yard décor to vintage glassware and desert-themed artwork. Ideal for finding something original to remember your trip by, the antique shops are worth stopping by in search of a Halloween souvenir—you might even find the perfect piece or accessory to complete your costume! Our antique shops are spread over the town and in our neighbor, Yucca Valley, only a short drive away. Popular stores include Pioneer Crossing Antiques, Route 62 Arts and Antiques, and Desert Curios.
Check Out a Joshua Tree Halloween Event
When visiting on Halloween or near Halloween, you might want to stop by a local fall event! Typically, the second weekend in October brings the Joshua Tree Music Festival, a family-friendly event to put you in the seasonal mood. At our local community center, there’s a Halloween Haunt event, offering spooky décor and treats for the kids. On Halloween is also a great time to visit Skull Rock in the park, perhaps for some evening stargazing!
Enjoy a Festive Halloween Night Out in Joshua Tree
Of course, sometimes on Halloween, you’ll want to get dressed in your best costume and go out to explore the town. Joshua Tree definitely offers more of a small-town vibe, but you’ll still be able to find a few places where you can celebrate Halloween in style, with a cocktail of your choosing! Local watering holes with live music on Halloween weekend include AWE Bar, Joshua Tree Saloon, and The Red Dog Saloon. Don’t forget to bring your costume for a festive night of Halloween thrills!
Book Your Joshua Tree Halloween Vacation Rental Today!
When you’re vacationing in Joshua Tree, forget about booking a standard hotel room—it’s no way to experience one of the most beautiful places on earth, and definitely not on Halloween! We offer a wide array of boutique vacation rentals, with well-thought-out designs that make each home an entirely unique experience. With amenities like hot tubs, dipping pools, mountain views, outdoor firepits, and so much more, we have homes that are perfect for a Halloween escape to Joshua Tree. Give our friendly local team a call today, and we’ll help you pick your Halloween Joshua Tree rental!
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!
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.
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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Our friendly team can help you plan your family-friendly Joshua Tree vacation and book your ideal rental for an unforgettable getaway. We offer a wide selection of properties ranging in all sizes, with perks like hot tubs, flat-screen TVs, outdoor firepits, and gorgeous desert views. Give us a call to learn more about our vacation rentals and start planning your Joshua Tree vacation today!
Otherworldly rocky vistas, incredible plant life, spectacular sunsets—there’s nothing quite like the desert, and the best of it all comes together in Joshua Tree, California. Besides being home to one of the most well-known and famous national parks, our quirky desert town welcomes all visitors with art galleries, cafes, and shops with a southwestern flare. The desert offers a special kind of magic year-round, but there are ideal times to visit, as the sunshine and heat can be a bit oppressive in the summertime, and even winter in the desert can get quite chilly! If you’re searching for the perfect time to plan your Fall trip to Joshua Tree, the fall season is one of the best times to visit Joshua Tree and the national park!
Explore the Joshua Tree National Park in Ideal Weather
With temperatures cooling down from the intensity of the summer, you can find lots to get up to when adventuring through the national park. Visit Skull Rock, a unique rock formation that resembles a skull—you can even stargaze there in the evening! Fall is a great time to spot some bighorn sheep on the Barker Dam Nature Trail, or you can take a scenic drive along Geology Tour Road. The Wall Street Mining Trail offers visitors a glimpse into the old west, with ruins of Wonderland Ranch visible from the trail. Keys Ranch is a historic ranch in the park, and they start up guided ranger tours again in fall 2022, after their summer break. It’s an unforgettable seasonal activity that will allow you to immerse yourself in western history!
Eat at the Best Restaurants in Joshua Tree
Whether it’s to celebrate after completing a long hike in the park or just a leisurely Sunday brunch, you’ll find that there are plenty of delicious restaurants in town. At the Crossroads Café, you’ll find expertly prepared café fare like sandwiches and salads—perfect for lunch before doing some antique shopping, or breakfast before adventuring out to see the Cholla Cactus Garden in the Joshua Tree National Park. To grab a slice of delicious pumpkin pie, stop by The Natural Sisters Café, where you can dine in for a meal and take extra pie to-go, for enjoying at your vacation home later. They also have other fall favorites available!
Nearby in Yucca Valley, you’ll discover an even wider selection of eateries, such as La Copine, a trendy restaurant with an indoor-outdoor setting serving American fusion fare. For those who can’t go without their fall-themed coffee, there are chains such as the tried-and-true Starbucks, as well as local options like the C and S Coffee Shop and the Joshua Tree Coffee Company.
Enjoy Crisp Nights with Clear Stargazing On Your Fall Trip to Joshua Tree
It’s an unfortunate reality that many big cities in the US are not well equipped for stargazing. Whether it’s a light pollution issue or constant cloud coverage, not everyone can look up at the night sky and see what’s there very clearly. When you come to visit Joshua Tree, that’s unlikely to be the case. Light pollution poses no issues here (with the exception of a full moon, of course!), and most nights are clear of clouds, weather permitting. Depending on planetary positions, you might even be able to catch Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn—just as bright specks of light of course, but impressive, nonetheless. The real joy is being able to see more stars than you might have ever thought possible, so grab a glass of wine and sit outside to admire the cosmic show—you’re likely to even catch a shooting star or two!
Shop at Local Antique Shops in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley
Our area is home to several unique stores and antique shops and is a great fall activity for a day when the weather isn’t optimal for the park. It’s a great fall pastime, as you might even be able to find something that can be used as seasonal fall décor back home! In Joshua Tree, you’ll find The Station, where you can pick up locally made gifts, and Ricochet Vintage Wears if you’re a fan of groovy recycled clothing. Yucca Valley is where you’ll find the most antique shops and can be a convenient stop if you’d like to visit several at once, as there are quite a few just off the local 62 highway. Route 62 Arts and Antiques is a well-known spot and sits near other shops such as Pioneer Crossing Antiques, Pope’s Antiques, Nitty Gritty, Desert Curios, and This N’ That Treasures.
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If you’d like to make the most of your fall trip to Joshua Tree, it all starts with the perfect vacation rental—and we’re proud to offer a selection of trendy and unique properties that have been professionally curated for a flawless Joshua Tree vacation. Give our local team a call to learn more today!
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!
Joshua Tree Vacation Rentals
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!
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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We also offer an assortment of additional services for our guests, such as private yoga classes and more. If you’d like to inquire about booking Bronco’s Casita for your next vacation, give our friendly team a call today!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
After deciding which tour you will enjoy on your next vacation, booking one of our spacious vacation rentals is sure to elevate your getaway. Contact us today to reserve your Joshua Tree vacation!