Information on the Park and surrounding areas
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park Association
Park Ranger Tours in Joshua Tree National Park – Check out the Keys Ranch Tour. Our favorite.
The Complete Guide: Joshua Tree National Park by James Kaiser – Our favorite Joshua Tree hiking book.
Ramble: A field guide to the USA by Eric Peterson – Anyone up for a road trip? A great driving guide!
LiveOnceLiveWild is another wonderful guide with detailed climbing information as well as some great ideas for enjoying JTNP. Very Complete.
Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace – The best place in the hi-desert to see local and L.A. based bands perform. Great food too. Make a reservation – this place is a blast. 760-365-5956
The Joshua Tree Music Festival – A fantastic spring and fall festival. Its loads of fun. A Joshua Tree Tradition.
Desert Stars Festival at Pappy and Harriets – An Indie Music Festival. Every September. Check their site for the details.
Fun Things To Do
NEW! Naturalives Rejuvenation Day Spa (Joshua Tree) spend a day pampering yourself. 760-865-0901. 6448 Hallee Road #8, Joshua Tree, Ca.
The Integratron – Out of this World. (Landers) Go for an amazing sound bath and check out this great place. Visit their website to view the schedule or make an appointment. 760-364-3126. Have lunch afterward at La Copine its nearby.
Morongo Canyon Nature Preserve – Guided Birding on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the morning.
Joshua Tree National Park – Hike, climb, boulder, or just take a long peaceful walk in nature.
Highway 62 Art Tours – Covers all of Joshua Tree National Park Art Communities. Open Studio Art Tours every October for two weekends in and around Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater– Go to a star party. Check for days and times
Perseid Meteor Shower Event – Mojave Desert Land Trust sponsors this event as a fundraiser at the Integratron in August.
Bhakti Fest– in September, 4 days of Kirtan-Yoga-Meditation-Lectures-Seminars-Celebrations & Fire Ceremonies at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. The Shakti Fest is in May.
Pioneertown – Cool western town. Have lunch at Pappy and Harriets.
Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven Campout at Pappy’s – this annual musical camp-out is loads of fun.
Gubler Orchids – (Landers) Visit their hothouse. Buy an orchid.
Instant Karma Yoga – (Joshua Tree) If you like your yoga in a peaceful setting this is the place for you. Beautiful studio with experienced instructors. Call for Schedule. 61638 29 Palms Hwy.
Joshua Tree Farmers Market – (in Downtown Joshua Tree) Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.
Hiking and Climbing
Cliffhanger Guides – Great people and wonderful climbing guides. Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to climb.
Stone Adventures – A new Rock Climbing group in Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree Adventures – Have Ethan take you on a Joshua Tree hiking adventure. 1/2 day and full day guided hikes. Its a wonderful way to get to know Joshua Tree National Park.
Eat and Drink
The Crossroads Cafe – (Joshua Tree) Always great. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Delicious food and good for ya. 61707 29 Palms Hwy. 760-366-5414
The Country Kitchen – 61768 29 Palms Hwy. (Joshua Tree) Hearty breakfasts. Home Cooking. 760-366-8988
Sam’s Pizza and Indian Food – 61380 29 Palms Hwy. 760-366-9511 (Joshua Tree) Good Pizza and wonderful Indian Food. Eat in or take out. We are a little confused too.
Pie for the People – Next to Instant Karma Yoga. 61740B 29 Palms Hwy. 760-974-6209
Joshua Tree Saloon – 61835 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252(760) 366-2250
Pappy and Harriets – (Pioneertown) Barbecue at its finest. 53688 Pioneertown Road. 760-365-5956
Royal Siam Restaurant – (Joshua Tree) 61599 29 Palms Hwy. 760-366-2923 Good thai food in the desert.
Park Rock Cafe – (Joshua Tree) Good Sandwiches and desserts. Pick up something before heading into the park. Next door to the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center.
Natural Sisters Cafe – (Joshua Tree) 61695B 20 Palms Hwy. A temple to healthy eating. 760-366-3600.
Joshua Tree Health Food Store – (Joshua Tree) Organic produce, freshly baked goodies, and more. A one stop shop in downtown Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree Coffee Company (Joshua Tree) – 61673B 29 Palms Hwy – 760-974-9272. Anyone for a Cappuccino…hand roasted coffees…lovingly served.
Joshua Tree Farmers Market – (downtown Joshua Tree) Every Saturday morning in downtown Joshua Tree. 8am – 1pm. Craft Market too.
Kasa Taco Shop and Market – 56089 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley – 760-369-0701
Really authentic and delicious Mexican Taqueria. Park in the back to enter the restaurant directly.
More of a take-out or simple eat-in than a full fledged restaurant. Food is great!
NEW! La Copine – 848 Old Womans Springs Rd. (also Hwy 247) Yucca Valley, Ca. Sensational New American Brunch Cafe and Supper Club. Stop here on your way to or from the Integratron or drive directly here – do not pass go! Thursday thru Sunday 9 am to 4 pm – dinner nights are coming. Check their website for the details. It is simply Mahvelous!
Pioneer Crossing Antiques – (Yucca Valley) a wonderful antique store. You won’t be disappointed.
Ricochet – (Joshua Tree) Full of Western Clothing and hidden delights. Check for hours.
Rte. 62 Antiques – (Yucca Valley) packed full of treasures. (760-365-4330)
BKB Ceramics – Beautiful Ceramics that enhance any setting. Great Gifts. 61705 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree,Ca. Shop hours: 11-3 Sat and Sun – Or by appointment – 760 821 3765
Grateful Desert Herb Shoppe– Located between the Joshua Tree Health Food Store and Natural Sisters Cafe a one stop shop for all of your herbal/apothecary needs. Good selection of clothing too.
JTAG – Joshua Tree Art Gallery – 61607 29 Palms Highway. Opening Night Party is the 2nd Saturday of every month.
Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 to 3pm and by appointment.
Spin shows his beautiful photographs here!
The Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council
29 Palms Art Gallery
Noah Purifoy Assemblage Sculptor
Hi-Desert Test Sites
Drew Reese Photography – Spin has his own site.
Art Queen & Crochet Museum
Joshua Tree Realtors
News and Views
Day Trips – Palm Springs and beyond!
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar, you will experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon. 1Tramway Road, Palm Springs – (760) 325-1391
Indian Canyons – Hiking Trails
38500 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs (760) 778-6262
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 North Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262-5659 (760) 322-4800
Road Trip – Stop #1 – Salton Sea
The Salton Sea is a saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault predominantly in California’s Imperial Valley. The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside Counties in Southern California. Like Death Valley, it is below sea level; currently, its surface is 226 ft (69 m) below sea level. The deepest area of the sea is 5 ft (1.5 m) higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo rivers, as well as agricultural runoff drainage systems and creeks.
Road Trip – Stop #2 after Salton Sea – Salvation Mountain
From Joshua Tree, Ca. Head West on Highway 62 to Highway 10E. From there take Interstate 10E to the 86S (just east of Indio.) Travel south (11 miles) to 66th Avenue (Hwy 195.) There is a big gas station and truck stop on the left. If you miss this turn, you’ll end up on the wrong side of the Salton Sea. Turn left (east) and go about a ½ mile to Highway 111. Turn right (south) and go about 42 miles to Niland, California. Turn left (east) on Main Street (which eventually turns into Beal Road) and travel for a little over 3 miles. Look to the East. You absolutely cannot miss it.