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Fall in California sees a decline in temperatures, with the chillier conditions producing bright foliage displays. After the peak Summer season, Fall provides a more laidback vacation experience, with visitor numbers dwindling. The attractive desert community of Joshua Tree is one of The Golden State’s fastest-growing vacation spots offering diverse thrills and attractions. Here’s why a fall vacation in Joshua Tree is worth it. 

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Why the Fall is the Perfect Time to Vacation in Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park is arguably one of the town’s standout attractions, covering an expansive 1,200-square-mile region. The park offers a rich biodiversity with numerous animal species, including 57 mammalian species, over 250 bird species, 46 reptilian species, and diverse invertebrates. The park’s most famous plant species include Ocotillo, California Fan Palm, Cactus, and Creosote Bush. The park also features several geological structures, including rocky canyons and granite monoliths created by erosion and tectonic movements over the years. The park’s most renowned areas include Cottonwood Spring, Black Rock Canyon, Skull Rock, Covington Flats, and Keys View. Learn more about the park’s history in the museum, including American Indian tribes who occupied the park in the late 19th century. 

Epic Stargazing Excursions 

Many suburbs in America suffer from light pollution, making stargazing rather arduous. Joshua Tree lies in the Mojave Desert, far from densely-populated cities, making it an excellent spot to gaze at the starry canvas of the night sky. The best time to go stargazing is on a cloudless, moonless night, so check with a weather and moon-phase app. Before heading out for your night under the stars, there are a few basics you’ll need to carry. Firstly, pack a red-light flashlight. Why? The human eye takes roughly half an hour to adjust to low light as the eye builds up higher levels of the photo receptor Rhodopsin. Conventional flashlights degrade Rhodopsin build-up, giving you weaker night vision. Secondly, pack a snack and water if you plan on staying out for a few hours. Energy-rich foods such as granola bars, Oreos, Cheeze-Its, and dried fruit can help mitigate late-night hunger. Also, dress in warm layers of clothing, with Joshua Tree nighttime Fall temperatures falling as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Take your stargazing adventure to the next level by carrying a telescope for an up-close view of the constellations. 

Splendid Culinary Options 

Joshua Tree is home to a delightful culinary scene with several restaurants serving delicious menus. La Copine offers a variety of new American cuisine. Enjoy the delicious Salmon Smörgåsbord, the Red Eye Ribs, the Chicken Agrodolce, and more! They also offer a variety of desserts you’re sure to enjoy including beignets with a brown sugar coffee glaze and a ricotta panna cotta with fresh figs and black pepper honey. The Kitchen in the Desert offers Trinidadian-infused cuisine, including beet and stone salad, Dan Dan noodles, lamb pops, and more. The restaurant opens at 7 AM daily and closes at 11 AM for breakfast and then opens again for dinner at 7 PM and closes for the night at 11 PM, making it a favorite among locals and vacationers. Tiny Pony Tavern lies at 57205 Twenty-Nine Palms Highway and offers a robust bar menu including, pony wings, duck confit nachos, shrimp tacos, wild boar sloppy joes, and more. The restaurant is mainly a bar and has a wide variety of drinks available such as house cocktails, draft beers, wine and much more. 

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Joshua Tree is one of California’s hidden gems offering numerous excursions for the ultimate Fall getaway. This delightful little town has epic thrills, from stargazing adventures and incredible wildlife species to sumptuous restaurants. Before heading out for your Fall getaway, it’s essential to have quality accommodation to ensure a stress-free stay. For all your rental needs, look no further than Hi Desert Dwellings. We offer diverse rentals, including hot tub properties, pet-friendly homes, work-from-home houses, and premier properties for a cozy Joshua Tree vacation. Contact us today to book your vacation rental and enjoy an unequaled Fall getaway in this California wonderland. 

When the sun is shining and the temperatures are high, there’s no better place to be than the great Joshua Tree. With its stunning natural landscapes and unique cultural offerings, this place is the perfect destination for adventure-seekers and culture enthusiasts. Whether you’re a local or a guest, this slice of heaven has it all for you to enjoy during summer. However, deciding on the best can be tricky with everything happening during this season. But fret not. Below is a well-curated list of the best things to do in summer in Joshua Tree.

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Stargazing in Joshua Tree

With its clear skies, Joshua Tree is a prime destination for stargazing. Thus, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Milky Way and other celestial bodies from any point in the park. For an even more immersive experience, consider taking a guided stargazing tour. Also, there are plenty of other nighttime activities to engage in this beautiful place. For instance, you can gather around a campfire with friends and family to pass the time as you bond over drinks and chat. The best part? If you’re a solo traveler, you can simply revel in the tranquil solitude of the desert at night as you meditate. Whatever your preference, this haven promises a unique nighttime experience. Remember to bring your camera along and capture these moments for future memories.

Art and Culture

Whether you’re a seasoned art devotee or just looking for a phenomenal cultural experience, Joshua Tree is the place to be. Home to creativity and culture, this glorious spot has a thriving art scene that observes everything from painting to music and concerts. During the summer, you can attend art displays, workshops, and performances showcasing the best local talent. So why wait? Come engross yourself in the creative energy of this lively desert community and have a good time.

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Relish Delicious Meals and Drinks

One of the best ways to enjoy and make the most of your time in this haven is by relishing a mouthwatering meal. Thankfully, Joshua Tree has it all. Local restaurants and bars offer daily specials, making indulging in tasty treats easy. From burgers and hot dogs to ice-cold beer and cocktails, there’s something for every taste bud. So, with the endless options, you can savor a quick snack or a full meal.

Hiking and Rock Climbing

Hiking is one of the ways to experience the beauty of Joshua Tree. Thankfully, this area has numerous hiking trails throughout the park that offer spectacular panoramas of the surrounding terrain. Some popular routes to check include the Lost Palms Oasis Trail, the Ryan Mountain Trail, and the Barker Dam Trail. Each path offers a unique perspective of the park and lets you see some of its most iconic features, such as the rock formations and the wildlife that calls it home. And assuming a more challenging activity is what you seek. In that case, rock climbing is an outstanding alternative, as this haven is home to some of the best rock climbing routes in the world. With climbs ranging from beginner to expert levels, you will find something that suits your preference.

Stay in a Luxurious Vacation Home

With all the festivities taking place in summer, having a comfortable place to return to and rest at the end of the day is essential. So, suppose an unforgettable way to elevate your vacation is what you desire. In that case, staying in one of our elegant homes at Hi Desert Dwellings is the answer. Whether you are visiting with your co-workers, better half, friends, or family, we have it all. Our exquisite rentals come all in various sizes and styles. Therefore, you can find something that will not only fit your budget but will also be to your taste. Plus, these abodes are fully furnished with high-end furniture and amenities. With that, you have everything you need in a home and can enjoy your stay.

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Clearly, there are exciting events and activities in Joshua Tree during the loved summer. Whether you prefer food, music, or just want to chill, there’s something for everyone. And when it comes to a place to dwell, our charming rentals await. At Hi Desert Dwellings, we’ve considered everything to ensure you have an unforgettable visit. For more information about our amazing vacation rentals, contact us or visit our website today.

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!  

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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! 

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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!  

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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.  

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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!  

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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! 

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! 

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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.

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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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Joshua Tree, California is an amazing vacation destination year-round but there’s something particularly inviting about a summer getaway this direction. When you can’t wait to savor the sights and make the most of the seasonal fun, let this be your ultimate guide to an unforgettable stay at Joshua Tree in the summer!

Activities to Enjoy in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is an iconic place to explore with good reason and well worth your time to visit when you head this way in the summer. Not only is the terrain mesmerizing, but there’s always something new to discover when you know where to look. Whether you’re one for taking to the trails, exploring by vehicle or you can’t wait to make the most of the beauty of the summer evening hours, Joshua Tree National Park is packed with options for customized fun!

Trees in the Joshua Tree National Forest

Start with a Ranger-Led Program

If it’s your very first summer visiting scenic Joshua Tree National Park, participating in one of the many ranger-led chats or tours available is always a great idea! Not only do these events provide incredible insight into park specifics but it’s a good way to get idea for expanding your experiences within the park itself during your visit. While these ranger chats and tours change month by month, some of the most popular events include Key Ranch tours, guided hikes, and talks that cover everything from the wildlife that call Joshua Tree National Park home to the specifics on the trees that gave the park the name in the first place! No matter what even you decide to participate in, you’re sure to be in for an engaging and educational treat from start to finish. Ranger-led events tend to run anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half at a time.

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Take a Geology Tour Road Drive

It’s no secret that temperatures tend to soar in Joshua Tree over the summer months. That said, those intense temperatures don’t have to stop you from making the most of safe and exciting sightseeing opportunities in the park. When it’s too warm to walk, jump in your air-conditioned vehicle and consider taking a Geology Tour Road drive instead! This 18-mile route runs through the many dynamic landscapes that make up Joshua Tree National Park and offers up stunning views for tourists. Along the way, there are a variety of lookout points where you can pull over and take pictures and admire the view too. Those who choose to explore the entire length of Geology Tour Road will want to be sure to set aside around two hours total for the experience and will want to be sure they’re settled into a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to maneuver parts of the route that are a bit more demanding than most passenger vehicles would handle.

Explore Cottonwood Spring Oasis

Within Joshua Tree National Park, time spent exploring Cottonwood Spring Oasis this summer could end up being the highlight of your visit! The spring was originally formed in the earth due to earthquake activity and was subsequently used by the Cahuilla Indians for centuries afterwards. The spring sits just about seven miles from the south entrance to Joshua Spring National Park and is a captivating landmark to encounter where visitors have previously found artifacts of Cahuilla life in the area including ollas, clay pots and even bedrock mortars. The spring has also played a vital role in hydrating miners and prospectors through the years looking to make a living off of gold discoveries. For that reason, the spring also hosts the remains of old-fashioned gold mils which required a robust water supply for processing and can still be viewed to this day to some degree. Those who visit Cottonwood Spring Oasis in the summer who have a passion for birding will find that this is one of the absolute best places in the park to spot a variety of winged species. You really only need to take a seat, pull out the binoculars and give it a few minutes to land on an incredible variety of bird or two in the area! For a fun way to end the day, consider visiting Cottonwood Spring as evening closes in. This area is notorious for offering up some truly breathtaking sunset views if you stick around until the sun goes down. Participating in this part of the adventure comes with the added benefit of cooler evening temperatures to enjoy as well.

Visit Skull Rock

While Joshua Tree National Park is filled with iconic landmarks to explore, travelers visiting Joshua Tree in summer won’t want to miss out on seeing one of the most identifiable of them all while they’re in the area—Skull Rock. This incredible boulder is named for the human skull it resembles. It’s a highly accessible landmark within the park so even if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, it’s easy to fit into your itinerary. While the boulder can be seen from some of the main park boulevards, those excited to get up a bit closer will find both the Jumbo Rocks Campground and the Live Oak Picnic Area to be great options to viewing. Many summer visitors with a Skull Rock stop on their to-do list head this way later in the day when the sun is lower in the sky, temperatures are more comfortable, and the contrasting colors makes for a great shadow display across the landmark. If you stick around long enough, you’ll likely find that plenty of visitors have stopped by specifically to enjoy stargazing from this destination as well!

Keep an Eye Open for Bighorn Sheep at Barker Dam

If you happen to be an early riser and you’re looking to start your day with time in Joshua Tree National Park at least one day this summer, heading to Barker Dam is a good place to begin your adventure. An early morning visit is a great time to get a possible glimpse of the Bighorn sheep that call this area home! Barker Dam also hosts a trail by the same name that provides a good path for viewing. It’s only a little over a mile long and enjoys minimal elevation changes. Within the span of an hour, it can be fully traversed and provide great access to incredible views. You’ll want to have your camera ready in case you do come across those inspiring wildlife moments!

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Hiking Fun

Many travelers with their sights set on a summer trip to Joshua Tree do so with every intention of setting aside time to lace up their boots and hit the trails in scenic style. While Joshua Tree has long been loved for its amazing landscapes that provide novice and experienced hikers alike with incredible routes to check out, summer is a season that demands a bit more planning when it comes to hiking adventures. That said, it’s still one of the most popular activities to enjoy this time of year, as long as you think and pack ahead with purpose. Summer in Joshua Tree is nothing less than hot. However, it’s worth planning a safe and exciting hike route for those who understand the challenges that await.

No matter what route you’re planning to hike in Joshua Tree this summer, you’ll want to be sure you’ve packed an impressive amount of sunscreen and water. There are areas along most hiking routes through and around Joshua Tree that ironically lack that tree shade you might expect in the name. That means it’s important and more often than not, vital that you are well protected from harsh rays and have packed enough water to stay hydrated both out and back along your route with extra to spare. It’s also important to keep in mind that cell service can be less than ideal in some of the more remote places throughout the park. This makes hiking in pairs and giving others a heads up on your trekking plans a must before hitting the trails. Also do keep in mind that in most cases, dogs aren’t allowed on Joshua Tree trails. This is a rule set up in the name of maintaining the integrity of the landscape. It goes hand-in-hand with leaving no trace of your adventures—a rule outdoor adventurers from near and far tend to hold dear with good reason.

In the event that even an early morning hike is accompanied by rising summer temperatures, setting your sights on manageable and short routes is always the best way to maximize the fun. The Cholla Cactus Garden Hike through Joshua Tree National Park is a great route to choose in this scenario. At just .25-miles long, this hike includes minimal elevation fluctuations and only requires 30-minutes to complete. It’s an easy route for hikers of all skill levels that runs along the eastern side of the park. Much as the name indicates, hikers will enjoy views of the iconic Cholla Cactus along the way! If you have some time to spare and temperatures are still in your favor, consider hiking the Hidden Valley Trail too. This route is a mile long and is also rated easy for hikers. The elevation change is only 100 feet, and it takes about an hour to complete in total. This is a popular route through Joshua Tree National Park in the summer that features inspiring desert scenery as well as massive boulders and options to spot reptiles scurrying around as well.

Amazing Restaurants to Discover

A trip to Joshua Tree in the summer is bound to come with a long list of outdoor activities travelers are excited to check off. However, it’s also inevitable that these activities will lead to impressive appetites to attend to! Fortunately, the Joshua Tree area is filled with fantastic and flavorful eateries to enjoy that are well-worth checking out while you’re in the area. Among them is Dillon’s Burgers & Beers. Located at 49574 Twentynine Palms Highway, Dillon’s burgers & Beers is a must when you’re looking to curb a craving or two. This restaurant sits within reach of Palm Springs within the town of Morongo Valley. It’s a laid-back burger joint where it’s easy to settle in, enjoy mountain views and make the most of menu options that range from veggie burgers and double cheeseburgers to chicken burgers and even bison burgers! No matter what you order up, you’re going to want to be sure to pair it with a side of fries and an ice-cold beer to match. Sides like the coleslaw and tater tots also come highly recommended.

The Red Dog Saloon is another savory and inviting options when you can’t wait to enjoy a delicious meal this summer. This cowboy-themed stop is found at 53539 Mane Street within the area known and loved as Pioneertown. While this destination once served as a Hell’s Angels biker bar, it now enjoys its southwest-infused vibe where guests will find an impressive listing of Tex-Mex selections to choose from and enjoy. Options here range from beef brisket tacos and fresh margaritas to chips and queso to go along with savory quesadillas just to name a few.

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Areas to Stay

A Joshua Tree summer adventure is something everyone should enjoy and when you’re looking for a nearby place to settle into while visiting, Yucca Valley is always inspiring. Just under seven miles from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley is an inviting place to book a vacation rental at an elevation of 3,300 feet. This area is known for its beautiful desert terrain, starry evening skies and friendly atmosphere. It’s very much considered the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, but also enjoys its own highlights to discover. Yucca Valley has a rich western history that it puts on display while also maintaining a thriving business scene that brings the area into the modern age flawlessly.

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When you’re looking for a luxurious and conveniently located vacation rental for your next Joshua Tree adventure, the team at Hi-Desert Dwellings has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible property options and to start planning your summer vacation in California!

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!

Slow Down

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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