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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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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! 

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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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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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!

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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!

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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!