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As you drive through the arid landscape of Southeastern California, Joshua Tree National Park announces itself as unmistakably as the limbed and spiky plant that gives it its name. The park features Joshua trees throughout the higher Mojave Desert and shrubbier creosote plants where it spans the lower Colorado Desert. The entire park’s rocky, hilly landscape makes it ideal for backpacking, climbing and wildlife spotting.
The best way to explore the rough terrain of Joshua Tree is hiking. Spend a day on the 7.2-mile (11.6-kilometer) Lost Palms Oasis Trail, where bighorn sheep roam. Marvel at the results of millions of years of mineral erosion in Old Woman Rock or Ryan Mountain. Explore Lost Horse Mine, one of the best-preserved gold and silver extraction sites in America. Even if you are a late riser, wake up before dawn at least once to see a Joshua Tree sunrise from a high peak.
Bring your rock-climbing gear and scale the face of an immense boulder. Track lizards, mule deer or 239 species of bird. Mountain bike or horseback ride on trails where wildflowers bloom in spring. On your recovery day, the Geology Motor Tour packs a number of Joshua Tree’s glorious views into a 2-hour drive. When the day is over, gaze up to see a perfectly starry sky.
When you first arrive, stop by the Joshua Tree Visitor Center to acquire park passes and get familiar with the park’s Leave No Trace policy. Permits are available for campgrounds inside the park. Hotels, motels and short-stay rental houses surround the park’s entrances. Camping supplies and groceries can be purchased at stores outside the park and nearby cafés and diners serve meals.
From Los Angeles Joshua Tree National Park is a 140-mile (225.3-kilometer) drive east. From San Diego it is a 175-mile (281.6-kilometer) drive northeast. It’s worth the long drive and you may find yourself not wanting to leave this world-renowned desert oasis.
Want to be certain to make the most of your visit here? Here are a list of popular activities that will help you:
Peruse our Twentynine Palms things to do page to learn about more activities in the area.
The staff was all very friendly, parking was easy, the pool was warm and the coffee and breakfast was plentiful. Our room was large and pretty comfortable. The only downsides were that the bed was very uncomfortable - I woke up sore every morning and woke up several times in the night hurting too. ...
Very clean and new. Great customer service. Plenty of toewls . Comfy bed. Slept like a rock.
My wife and love to spend time in Joshua Tree area and this economy motel is just right for us. The staff works hard here to maintain the facilities to make this our regular motel
The staff was fantastic. They were very thoughtful and helpful. They made us feel very at home.
This is an older property and not fancy. Yet it was very clean and in good repair; service was excellent; staff were exceptionally friendly and efficient in making sure every need was met. Would definitely stay there again.
Easy acess , close to town center and value for the price. Ask for a room far from the road.
Clean heated pool & hot tub. Good breakfast. Nice manager. Great views.