September 18

What to see, do, and taste when visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Got an upcoming trip to Joshua Tree National Park? You're probably wondering, "what are the best things to do at Joshua Tree National Park?" Or, if there's anything special you should do that's outside the park. Lucky for you, we've partnered with Visit 29 Palms to put together a short list of attractions and places to stay around Joshua Tree National Park.

While this is a very brief summary, you can check out more information at where there's lots of awesome resources; from unique attractions to upcoming events

Places to Stay

Twentynine Palms, with its proximity to the mesmerizing Joshua Tree National Park, boasts a range of accommodations that cater to every traveler's desire. From the rustic charm of desert inns to the luxury of well-appointed resorts, there's a place for every kind of visitor. The accommodations here not only provide a restful night's sleep but also immerse guests in the unique desert ambiance that the region is celebrated for.

  • Joshua Tree Inn: A historic inn that offers a unique desert experience with themed rooms and a serene ambiance.
  • Sacred Sands: A luxury bed and breakfast with stunning views of the Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Camping in Joshua Tree National Park: For those who prefer a more immersive experience, the park offers several campgrounds with breathtaking views of the stars.


The culinary scene in Twentynine Palms and its neighboring areas is a delightful fusion of traditional flavors and modern twists. As the sun sets over the desert landscape, eateries come alive, offering everything from hearty American classics to innovative global dishes. Whether you're a foodie in search of the next best dish or someone simply looking for a comforting meal after a day of exploration, the dining options here won't disappoint.

  • 29 Palms Inn: Known for its fresh, farm-to-table cuisine and a tranquil setting by the Oasis of Mara.
  • Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace: A legendary venue offering delicious food and live music in a rustic setting.
  • Crossroads Café: A favorite among locals and visitors alike, this café serves organic and locally-sourced dishes.

Outdoor Activities

The vast expanse of Joshua Tree National Park offers a myriad of hiking trails, each promising a unique adventure. From the gentle undulating paths that are perfect for beginners to the challenging terrains that beckon the seasoned hiker, there's a trail for every level of enthusiasm. As you venture out, the park reveals its secrets, from hidden valleys to panoramic mountaintop views, ensuring every hike is a memorable one.

  • Mojave Trail National Monumenthome to rugged mountain ranges and ancient lava flows, Mojave Trail National Monument has 350,000 acres to explore and is situated north of Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Hidden Valley: A one-mile loop trail that showcases the park's unique rock formations and plant life.
  • Ryan Mountain: A moderate 3-mile round trip hike that offers panoramic views of the park from the summit.
  • Lost Palms Oasis: A 7.2-mile round trip trail leading to a secluded oasis surrounded by fan palms.


Beyond its natural wonders, Twentynine Palms and the surrounding areas are steeped in a rich tapestry of history, culture, and art. Attractions here are as diverse as the landscape itself, ranging from historic sites that tell tales of yesteryears to modern establishments that celebrate the vibrant local culture. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or someone simply looking to experience the local vibe, there's an attraction waiting to be discovered.

  • Keys View: The highest viewpoint in the park, offering a panoramic view of the Coachella Valley, Salton Sea, and San Andreas Fault.
  • Sky's The Limit Observatory: Located in Twentynine Palms, this observatory offers stargazing events and educational programs.
  • Pioneertown: A historic town built in the 1940s as a movie set, now home to shops, restaurants, and the famous Pappy & Harriet's.


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