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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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!
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.
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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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.
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!
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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!
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