Gina’s Guidebook to the Hi Desert

Gina
Gina’s Guidebook to the Hi Desert

Wonder Valley Food Scene

Some of my favorite restaurants in the area. Most all restaurants are open for indoor dining and many have outdoor dining as well as take out options available. Make sure to call ahead, make reservations if possible or check online to be sure they are open. There is a slower pace here in the hi dez, so the same goes for restaurants...prepare for a wait (especially during the tourist season) at all establishments.
I describe the Palms as part David Lynch, part StarWars bar. It's one of my favorite places on earth. Warm, comfortable, homey, good food, good people. Wonder Valley Local Flavor. Open on Weekends only. Open mic on Friday evenings and other music events are happening on select weekends. The Sibleys are the house band and beloved local family that own the place. Brunch is back on Sundays 9 - noon! Great food & drinks & vegan options. Check their Facebook page for current or future events.
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Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
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I describe the Palms as part David Lynch, part StarWars bar. It's one of my favorite places on earth. Warm, comfortable, homey, good food, good people. Wonder Valley Local Flavor. Open on Weekends only. Open mic on Friday evenings and other music events are happening on select weekends. The Sibleys are the house band and beloved local family that own the place. Brunch is back on Sundays 9 - noon! Great food & drinks & vegan options. Check their Facebook page for current or future events.

29 Palms Food Scene

Some of my favorite restaurants in the area. Most all restaurants are open for indoor dining and many have outdoor dining as well as take out options available. Make sure to call ahead, make reservations if possible or check online to be sure they are open. There is a slower pace here in the hi dez, so the same goes for restaurants...prepare for a wait (especially during the tourist season) at all establishments.
A local favorite spot with outdoor dining. Now offering brunch on the weekend. Reservations are a must.
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Kitchen in the Desert
6427 Mesquite Ave
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A local favorite spot with outdoor dining. Now offering brunch on the weekend. Reservations are a must.
A local favorite Bakery! Delicious breads, sweets as well as sandwiches and beverages to go. Early bird gets the scone! Get their early if possible. Lines can get long cause it’s a popular spot! Check their website for current menu or change of hours. Tuesday - Saturday: 6am - 4pm Sunday and Monday: Closed
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Campbell Hill Bakery
73491 Twentynine Palms Highway
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A local favorite Bakery! Delicious breads, sweets as well as sandwiches and beverages to go. Early bird gets the scone! Get their early if possible. Lines can get long cause it’s a popular spot! Check their website for current menu or change of hours. Tuesday - Saturday: 6am - 4pm Sunday and Monday: Closed
Not just donuts! We love their Vietnamese Pho!
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Jelly Donut
73570 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Not just donuts! We love their Vietnamese Pho!
Yes, we have a Starbucks!! And a few traffic lights too.
Starbucks
73690 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yes, we have a Starbucks!! And a few traffic lights too.
Delicious homemade Mexican food to go, on the eastside of the Bowladium Bowling Alley.
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Mexican Street Tacos
73768 Gorgonio Dr
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Delicious homemade Mexican food to go, on the eastside of the Bowladium Bowling Alley.
Soft serve hand dipped ice cream in the desert! Junk food options.
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Fosters Freeze
73629 2 Mile Rd
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Soft serve hand dipped ice cream in the desert! Junk food options.
Breakfast & Brunch
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Cactus Trails Cafe
6341 Adobe Road
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Breakfast & Brunch
Gastropub in Downtown Twentynine Palms. Beer and Wine, live music, trivia...a great place for a cool beverage and burger.
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grnd sqrl
73471 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Gastropub in Downtown Twentynine Palms. Beer and Wine, live music, trivia...a great place for a cool beverage and burger.

Favorite Hikes

29 minutes from the cabin, this is one of my favorite hikes. About an hour to an hour and a half depending on your pace. Not strenuous, but does have some uneven terrain.
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Split Rock Loop Trail
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29 minutes from the cabin, this is one of my favorite hikes. About an hour to an hour and a half depending on your pace. Not strenuous, but does have some uneven terrain.
Don’t hike this during the summer. Recommend Winter, Spring and Fall. Moderate to strenuous with no shade. Bring extra water & a snack to enjoy at the oasis. Should be in decent shape for this hike. 2 hr +
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Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail
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Don’t hike this during the summer. Recommend Winter, Spring and Fall. Moderate to strenuous with no shade. Bring extra water & a snack to enjoy at the oasis. Should be in decent shape for this hike. 2 hr +
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Barker Dam Nature Trail
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Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail. It's relatively flat and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Loop. Legendary musician Gram Parson's body was burned here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gram_Parsons
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Cap Rock
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Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail. It's relatively flat and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Loop. Legendary musician Gram Parson's body was burned here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gram_Parsons
Incredible views into the Coachella Valley. Popular spot for sunsets. Can get windy and seasonal bees can be bothersome.
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Keys View
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Incredible views into the Coachella Valley. Popular spot for sunsets. Can get windy and seasonal bees can be bothersome.
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail
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Not far from the North Entrance Station. (About an 8 minute drive from the Kiosk) Park at White Tank Trail head parking lot and follow the trail signs. Not hard to find. Nice trail, Easy hike. Heart Rock and Arch Rock offer fun photo ops. Good for bouldering. Bring water.
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Arch Rock Nature Trail
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Not far from the North Entrance Station. (About an 8 minute drive from the Kiosk) Park at White Tank Trail head parking lot and follow the trail signs. Not hard to find. Nice trail, Easy hike. Heart Rock and Arch Rock offer fun photo ops. Good for bouldering. Bring water.

29 Palms Points of Interest

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Nacionalni park Joshua Tree
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Wonderful art gallery with fun and quirky art installations you can walk around as well as nice galleries to explore. This non profit art gallery is a treasure for the artists and community here, with changing exhibitions, and community events. Check their Facebook page for current events.
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Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
77575 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Wonderful art gallery with fun and quirky art installations you can walk around as well as nice galleries to explore. This non profit art gallery is a treasure for the artists and community here, with changing exhibitions, and community events. Check their Facebook page for current events.
29 Palms history. A quaint old historic schoolhouse. Small museum with artifacts from the area. Lovely little gift shop. Local souvenirs. Check out the weed show early November.
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Old Schoolhouse Museum
6760 National Park Dr
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29 Palms history. A quaint old historic schoolhouse. Small museum with artifacts from the area. Lovely little gift shop. Local souvenirs. Check out the weed show early November.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery is a landmark in the City of Twentynine Palms providing exhibitions, art receptions, seasonal events, Monday morning paint-outs, and art classes for all ages that are offered to desert locals, visitors and snowbirds. The 29 Palms Art Gallery opened in 1963 in a historic adobe built in 1936 by the Stubbs brothers for western author Tom Hopkins. Mixture for the original adobe bricks was brought from Mesquite Dry Lake, fill dirt was made up of gold tailings from the Gold Crown Mine, and plaster for the walls came from the Anaconda Mine. Some of the support beams were railroad ties used during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913. The spikes in these ties can still be seen in the lintels over the doors and windows. https://29palmsartgallery.com/
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29 Palms Art Gallery
74055 Cottonwood Drive
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The 29 Palms Art Gallery is a landmark in the City of Twentynine Palms providing exhibitions, art receptions, seasonal events, Monday morning paint-outs, and art classes for all ages that are offered to desert locals, visitors and snowbirds. The 29 Palms Art Gallery opened in 1963 in a historic adobe built in 1936 by the Stubbs brothers for western author Tom Hopkins. Mixture for the original adobe bricks was brought from Mesquite Dry Lake, fill dirt was made up of gold tailings from the Gold Crown Mine, and plaster for the walls came from the Anaconda Mine. Some of the support beams were railroad ties used during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913. The spikes in these ties can still be seen in the lintels over the doors and windows. https://29palmsartgallery.com/
Casual Fine dining, lunch with friends, a special night out and Sunday brunch. Great bar, music every night, local flavor, but it can get very busy. They don't take reservations under 6. Sitting outside on a warm desert evening with a beverage, listening to live music...the cozy ambiance here is unbeatable. I love their mushroom appetizer with the homemade sourdough bread. Yum. Update 2021: The restaurant is closed, only guests have access. Hopefully the restaurant will open to the general public in the Fall of 2021.
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29 Palms Inn
73950 Inn Avenue
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Casual Fine dining, lunch with friends, a special night out and Sunday brunch. Great bar, music every night, local flavor, but it can get very busy. They don't take reservations under 6. Sitting outside on a warm desert evening with a beverage, listening to live music...the cozy ambiance here is unbeatable. I love their mushroom appetizer with the homemade sourdough bread. Yum. Update 2021: The restaurant is closed, only guests have access. Hopefully the restaurant will open to the general public in the Fall of 2021.
The Serrano and Chemeheuvi tribes lived here and in the surrounding hills. They named this place “Mar-rah”, meaning “land of little water”. This is the heart of 29 Palms. Located on the grounds of the 29 Palms Inn. Take a tour to learn the incredible history early on Saturday mornings led by a beloved local naturalist. Call their office to reserve a spot.
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Oasis of Mara
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The Serrano and Chemeheuvi tribes lived here and in the surrounding hills. They named this place “Mar-rah”, meaning “land of little water”. This is the heart of 29 Palms. Located on the grounds of the 29 Palms Inn. Take a tour to learn the incredible history early on Saturday mornings led by a beloved local naturalist. Call their office to reserve a spot.
You want to stop here for Maps, guides and brochures. The helpful folks here know what’s happening around town and they can also suggest things to do and where to go.
Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce
73484 Twentynine Palms Highway
You want to stop here for Maps, guides and brochures. The helpful folks here know what’s happening around town and they can also suggest things to do and where to go.
My good friend Gretchen is the enthusiastic & artistic heart and soul of this establishment . Get creative and bring out your inner artist! Classes for adults and youngsters. Call or check out the website for current classes.
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29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
6847 Adobe Road
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My good friend Gretchen is the enthusiastic & artistic heart and soul of this establishment . Get creative and bring out your inner artist! Classes for adults and youngsters. Call or check out the website for current classes.
5157 Adobe Road 29 Palms, CA Outsider Art Desert inspired Miniature golf course, with each hole designed by a different desert artist. Public art that is friendly interactive and fun! There is no charge for entering or playing. Check their website for weekend dates they are open. mojaveland.com
Mojaveland
5157 Adobe Road
5157 Adobe Road 29 Palms, CA Outsider Art Desert inspired Miniature golf course, with each hole designed by a different desert artist. Public art that is friendly interactive and fun! There is no charge for entering or playing. Check their website for weekend dates they are open. mojaveland.com
One of the last surviving working Drive Inns. It will take you back or you’ll experience something from a bygone era you’ve only heard about. Time travel at its finest. Rent a radio inside the snack bar. Movies run Thurs-Sun. Check their website for current movies. They are a cash only establishment. Update 2021: The Drive Inn is closed.
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Smiths Ranch Drive-In Theater
4584 Adobe Road
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One of the last surviving working Drive Inns. It will take you back or you’ll experience something from a bygone era you’ve only heard about. Time travel at its finest. Rent a radio inside the snack bar. Movies run Thurs-Sun. Check their website for current movies. They are a cash only establishment. Update 2021: The Drive Inn is closed.
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Bowladium
73768 Gorgonio Drive
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Luckie Park
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The Visitors Center moves to a brand new location on Saturday, May 7, 2022, with Grand Opening festivities on that day. It is now called the Joshua Tree Cultural Center and located at Freedom Plaza in Downtown Twentynine Palms.
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Oasis Visitor Center
74485 National Park Drive
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The Visitors Center moves to a brand new location on Saturday, May 7, 2022, with Grand Opening festivities on that day. It is now called the Joshua Tree Cultural Center and located at Freedom Plaza in Downtown Twentynine Palms.

Joshua Tree Points of Interest

Not to be missed. Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum is several acres of open land displaying Purifoy’s assemblage sculptures, all created on-site between 1989 and 2004. Visitors must take dirt roads to access the site, where they’ll be greeted with a hand-painted “Blair Lane” street sign and dozens of large-scale sculptures made from materials such as castoff metals, burnt wood, and blown-out rubber tires. A brochure is available at the entrance naming the various sculptures and the years in which they were built. http://www.noahpurifoy.com/
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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
62975 Blair Lane
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Not to be missed. Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum is several acres of open land displaying Purifoy’s assemblage sculptures, all created on-site between 1989 and 2004. Visitors must take dirt roads to access the site, where they’ll be greeted with a hand-painted “Blair Lane” street sign and dozens of large-scale sculptures made from materials such as castoff metals, burnt wood, and blown-out rubber tires. A brochure is available at the entrance naming the various sculptures and the years in which they were built. http://www.noahpurifoy.com/
A favorite Art Gallery in Downtown Joshua Tree.
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La Matadora Gallery
61857 CA-62
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A favorite Art Gallery in Downtown Joshua Tree.
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Art Queen
61855 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Update Sept 2021: A new delicious vegetarian (w/ vegan options) restaurant has opened up here. It’s called Food for Thought Cafe. I highly recommend it! Serving a simple menu with Breakfast & Lunch options, cafeteria style. Breakfast 7:00 am to 11:00 am, Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Open 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday & Wednesday) 7 am - 2-:00 pm.
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Institute of Mentalphysics
59700 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Update Sept 2021: A new delicious vegetarian (w/ vegan options) restaurant has opened up here. It’s called Food for Thought Cafe. I highly recommend it! Serving a simple menu with Breakfast & Lunch options, cafeteria style. Breakfast 7:00 am to 11:00 am, Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Open 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday & Wednesday) 7 am - 2-:00 pm.
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Hey There Projects
61675 Twentynine Palms Highway
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Shopping

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Coyote Corner
6535 Park Boulevard
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