Joshua Tree Insider's Guidebook

Jennifer
Joshua Tree Insider's Guidebook

Sightseeing

The Noah Purifoy Museum is my absolute favorite place in Joshua Tree. First of all, it's FREE! Second, it's never crowded. Most likely you'll be the only person or group there. Third, you can go anytime (though early morning or late afternoon will provide the best lighting for those pictures I know you'll want to take). Just drive up, get out, and explore! Noah's story is an incredible one. You can read more about him and his art here http://www.noahpurifoy.com/about-noah
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Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
62975 Blair Lane
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The Noah Purifoy Museum is my absolute favorite place in Joshua Tree. First of all, it's FREE! Second, it's never crowded. Most likely you'll be the only person or group there. Third, you can go anytime (though early morning or late afternoon will provide the best lighting for those pictures I know you'll want to take). Just drive up, get out, and explore! Noah's story is an incredible one. You can read more about him and his art here http://www.noahpurifoy.com/about-noah
I love a place where you can walk around and see art for free! Check this one out when you're in Twentynine Palms.
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Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
77575 Twentynine Palms Highway
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I love a place where you can walk around and see art for free! Check this one out when you're in Twentynine Palms.
You'll have to drive at least an hour to get here, but how often do you get to walk the rim of an ancient volcano in a desert? This activity is not recommended during summertime unless you plan a sunrise hike. Take plenty of water! And be sure to stop at Roy's famous cafe on the way.
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Amboy Crater
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You'll have to drive at least an hour to get here, but how often do you get to walk the rim of an ancient volcano in a desert? This activity is not recommended during summertime unless you plan a sunrise hike. Take plenty of water! And be sure to stop at Roy's famous cafe on the way.
Want to avoid the national park fee? Check out Indian Cove instead. You can hike and see the same big rocks that are inside the national park, but for free! Does not connect to the rest of the park.
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Indian Cove Campground
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Want to avoid the national park fee? Check out Indian Cove instead. You can hike and see the same big rocks that are inside the national park, but for free! Does not connect to the rest of the park.
This is another free alternative to the national park. It's actually a pretty hidden, less known area right outside the park (on the left as you head toward the Joshua Tree entrance). It's limited to day use only and is great for biking, hiking, and exploring. Bring binoculars and try to spot the wildlife that live here!
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Desert View Conservation Area
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This is another free alternative to the national park. It's actually a pretty hidden, less known area right outside the park (on the left as you head toward the Joshua Tree entrance). It's limited to day use only and is great for biking, hiking, and exploring. Bring binoculars and try to spot the wildlife that live here!
I love this place because I'm fascinated by old things and because it's packed with treasures. Make sure to stop in and explore, get your hair done, or pick up some vintage items to bring home as a souvenir. The owner recently had some of his salon-inspired creations featured at the airport in San Francisco. He's kind of a big deal :)
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Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum
61855 Twentynine Palms Highway
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I love this place because I'm fascinated by old things and because it's packed with treasures. Make sure to stop in and explore, get your hair done, or pick up some vintage items to bring home as a souvenir. The owner recently had some of his salon-inspired creations featured at the airport in San Francisco. He's kind of a big deal :)
During these hot summer months, you'll want to stick to sunrise or sunset visits to the National Park. The Cholla Cactus Garden is my favorite place to visit at sunset! The chollas are these super huge, strange things that are fun to walk through. It's like a maze of cacti! This is also a great place to take pictures. Just be sure to allow plenty of time to reach the cholla cactus garden. It is accessible via the Twentynine Palms entrance and takes about 45 minutes to reach.
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Cholla Cactus Garden
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During these hot summer months, you'll want to stick to sunrise or sunset visits to the National Park. The Cholla Cactus Garden is my favorite place to visit at sunset! The chollas are these super huge, strange things that are fun to walk through. It's like a maze of cacti! This is also a great place to take pictures. Just be sure to allow plenty of time to reach the cholla cactus garden. It is accessible via the Twentynine Palms entrance and takes about 45 minutes to reach.
On the way to the Cholla Cactus Garden, stop at the Arch Rock Nature Trail for a quick hike to Arch Rock. Arch Rock is in the same area as Heart Rock. Unfortunately, Heart Rock is not mapped. As with any unmarked trail, hikers should only attempt to find Heart Rock if they are proficient at navigation and follow the advice of the National Parks Service. Remember to bring lots of water if you go looking for it! The exact coordinates of Heart Rock are: 33°59’17.6″N 116°00’47.8″W. My best tip for finding heart rock: from the Arch Rock Nature Trail Parking Lot (not the campground!): Take the trail almost all the way to Arch Rock. When you see one of the podiums that tells you about "dikes"-- stand at that podium and look into the distance. Find heart rock with your eyes. Head that direction. Do not attempt to find heart rock if you have not seen it from the podium!
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Arch Rock Nature Trail
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On the way to the Cholla Cactus Garden, stop at the Arch Rock Nature Trail for a quick hike to Arch Rock. Arch Rock is in the same area as Heart Rock. Unfortunately, Heart Rock is not mapped. As with any unmarked trail, hikers should only attempt to find Heart Rock if they are proficient at navigation and follow the advice of the National Parks Service. Remember to bring lots of water if you go looking for it! The exact coordinates of Heart Rock are: 33°59’17.6″N 116°00’47.8″W. My best tip for finding heart rock: from the Arch Rock Nature Trail Parking Lot (not the campground!): Take the trail almost all the way to Arch Rock. When you see one of the podiums that tells you about "dikes"-- stand at that podium and look into the distance. Find heart rock with your eyes. Head that direction. Do not attempt to find heart rock if you have not seen it from the podium!
This is another of my favorite places in the park. This pretty flat trail will take you past a lot of old cars and the most interesting mine/mill in Joshua Tree.
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Wall Street Mill Trail
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This is another of my favorite places in the park. This pretty flat trail will take you past a lot of old cars and the most interesting mine/mill in Joshua Tree.

Food scene

This is where I like to head for date night or a great brunch. The atmosphere is the best in town! Make sure to call ahead for reservations and also check their Instagram to see if any entertainment is booked. They often have live bands.
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Kitchen in the Desert
6427 Mesquite Ave
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This is where I like to head for date night or a great brunch. The atmosphere is the best in town! Make sure to call ahead for reservations and also check their Instagram to see if any entertainment is booked. They often have live bands.
A little bit out of the way, this bar offers great entertainment. My favorite is the Crash and Ride Cabaret. You can find out about their events on their Facebook page. Check them out!
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Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Road
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A little bit out of the way, this bar offers great entertainment. My favorite is the Crash and Ride Cabaret. You can find out about their events on their Facebook page. Check them out!
I haven't been here yet (there's so much to do!), but Lander's Brew is another out-of-the-way local favorite in the style of a traditional roadhouse. During the summer they often host bands and other events.
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Landers Brew Co
1388 Golden Slipper Ln
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I haven't been here yet (there's so much to do!), but Lander's Brew is another out-of-the-way local favorite in the style of a traditional roadhouse. During the summer they often host bands and other events.
This place is pretty famous for the legendary celebrities that have passed through or played a set inside the bar. It's got great food and still offers live music on the weekends.
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Pappy & Harriet's
53688 Pioneertown Road
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This place is pretty famous for the legendary celebrities that have passed through or played a set inside the bar. It's got great food and still offers live music on the weekends.
People love this place! I haven't been yet, but I hear it's kind of fancy. Another out-of-the-way spot (Landers).
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La Copine
848 Old Woman Springs Rd
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People love this place! I haven't been yet, but I hear it's kind of fancy. Another out-of-the-way spot (Landers).
If you want to stay in Joshua Tree and have a pretty quintessential Joshua Tree night out, go to the Saloon. The back patio is always bustling. They have live music on Wednesdays at 8pm, karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm (inside), and live music on Sundays at lunch.
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Joshua Tree Saloon
61835 Twentynine Palms Highway
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If you want to stay in Joshua Tree and have a pretty quintessential Joshua Tree night out, go to the Saloon. The back patio is always bustling. They have live music on Wednesdays at 8pm, karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm (inside), and live music on Sundays at lunch.
The Joshua Tree Brewery is coming out of Covid lockdown! According to the Hi-Desert Star Newspaper, the beer garden is ready and waiting -- fully shaded and equipped with misters. Open only on Friday nights from 6-9pm at 6393 Sunset Rd.
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Joshua Tree Brewery
6393 Sunset Road
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The Joshua Tree Brewery is coming out of Covid lockdown! According to the Hi-Desert Star Newspaper, the beer garden is ready and waiting -- fully shaded and equipped with misters. Open only on Friday nights from 6-9pm at 6393 Sunset Rd.
Here's another place I've never visited but just found out about! Craft beers and delicious burgers (or so they say) available from 5-11 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. 6225 Sunburst. It also looks like they host Trivia nights on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Closed Thursdays.
Swordfish Pub
6225 Sunburst Street
Here's another place I've never visited but just found out about! Craft beers and delicious burgers (or so they say) available from 5-11 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. 6225 Sunburst. It also looks like they host Trivia nights on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Closed Thursdays.

Entertainment

If you're lucky enough to come during the outdoor concert season, this is a phenomenal activity. It's a spontaneous drive-in concert hosted by a local violinist. Each week he invites different artists to join him. My favorite is when they play gypsy jazz. This concert is completely free but requires reservations. Donations are accepted. Don't forget to pack chairs, cushions, snacks and drinks to take with you. Alternatively, you can order snacks and drinks directly through Mon Petit Mojave's website and they will be available for pickup at the venue.
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Mon Petit Mojave
0 Sun Mesa Drive
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If you're lucky enough to come during the outdoor concert season, this is a phenomenal activity. It's a spontaneous drive-in concert hosted by a local violinist. Each week he invites different artists to join him. My favorite is when they play gypsy jazz. This concert is completely free but requires reservations. Donations are accepted. Don't forget to pack chairs, cushions, snacks and drinks to take with you. Alternatively, you can order snacks and drinks directly through Mon Petit Mojave's website and they will be available for pickup at the venue.
Ok, so it's not the best casino in the world, but it can still be fun to play the penny slots. Don't forget to sign up for the loyalty card and get $10 in free play. Can't beat playing with someone else's money!
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Tortoise Rock Casino
73829 Baseline Road
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Ok, so it's not the best casino in the world, but it can still be fun to play the penny slots. Don't forget to sign up for the loyalty card and get $10 in free play. Can't beat playing with someone else's money!
The Joshua Tree Music Festival will have offerings available in the fall. Check out their website for a full listing!
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Joshua Tree Music Festival
2601 Sunfair Rd
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The Joshua Tree Music Festival will have offerings available in the fall. Check out their website for a full listing!

Neighborhoods

Pioneertown is a fun little place where a bunch of old western movies were filmed. In fact, it was founded by Roy Rogers and his buddies. When you visit you'll find a tiny little strip of buildings that were used as sets for the movies. Some of these are now little shops and/or museums. Have a walk around. Try to catch a Wild West show at 1pm on 2nd and 4th Saturdays. You'll have a wild time! And don't forget to stop in for food at Pappy and Harriet's!
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Pioneertown
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Pioneertown is a fun little place where a bunch of old western movies were filmed. In fact, it was founded by Roy Rogers and his buddies. When you visit you'll find a tiny little strip of buildings that were used as sets for the movies. Some of these are now little shops and/or museums. Have a walk around. Try to catch a Wild West show at 1pm on 2nd and 4th Saturdays. You'll have a wild time! And don't forget to stop in for food at Pappy and Harriet's!

Shopping

This is actually a cute little boutique surrounded by other small boutiques. I
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Zannedelions
61877 Twentynine Palms Highway
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This is actually a cute little boutique surrounded by other small boutiques. I
You really only have 2 choices for a quick supply run: Sam's and Dollar General. Sam's is local but has more liquor than food. Dollar General has all the basics. If you need a more robust offering, you'll have to make your way to a grocery store in either Yucca Valley or Twentynine Palms.
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Sam's Market
61380 Twentynine Palms Highway
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You really only have 2 choices for a quick supply run: Sam's and Dollar General. Sam's is local but has more liquor than food. Dollar General has all the basics. If you need a more robust offering, you'll have to make your way to a grocery store in either Yucca Valley or Twentynine Palms.
Come visit me at my very own vintage store! I am in the big red barn at 56592 Twentynine Palms Hwy in Yucca Valley. Open Thursday through Mondays from 11-5, I offer vintage clothing and home decor. As a bonus, I always give discounts to guests who've stayed in my home!
Desert’s Edge Creations & Vintage Finds
56592 Twentynine Palms Highway
Come visit me at my very own vintage store! I am in the big red barn at 56592 Twentynine Palms Hwy in Yucca Valley. Open Thursday through Mondays from 11-5, I offer vintage clothing and home decor. As a bonus, I always give discounts to guests who've stayed in my home!
The Joshua Tree Night Market is actually called the Joshua Tree Street Market now. It takes place on Saturdays from 10-5 in the parking lot of the Joshua Tree Brewery, and on Sundays from 10-4 in the parking lot across from the Rock Shop. The street market brings together local makers and artists (including yours truly) in a weekly community event! Music and food add to the experience.
Joshua Tree Night Market
61877 Twentynine Palms Highway
The Joshua Tree Night Market is actually called the Joshua Tree Street Market now. It takes place on Saturdays from 10-5 in the parking lot of the Joshua Tree Brewery, and on Sundays from 10-4 in the parking lot across from the Rock Shop. The street market brings together local makers and artists (including yours truly) in a weekly community event! Music and food add to the experience.

Close to Home

We only live a couple of blocks from the no-kill animal shelter. If you'd like to do a little volunteering while you're in Joshua Tree, you might consider walking some of the dogs. Walking the dogs is a fun way to give back, support your own mental health, and get some exercise! During the hot summer months, walks are limited to 6 am and take place on Wednesday and Friday mornings. You can try just showing up, but it's best to let them know in advance that you'll be coming. Text or email Jen, the board VP, at 760-668-5255 or mbhsvp@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the walks. You can also try their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mbhumanesociety.
Morongo Basin Humane Society
4646 Sunview Avenue
We only live a couple of blocks from the no-kill animal shelter. If you'd like to do a little volunteering while you're in Joshua Tree, you might consider walking some of the dogs. Walking the dogs is a fun way to give back, support your own mental health, and get some exercise! During the hot summer months, walks are limited to 6 am and take place on Wednesday and Friday mornings. You can try just showing up, but it's best to let them know in advance that you'll be coming. Text or email Jen, the board VP, at 760-668-5255 or mbhsvp@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the walks. You can also try their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mbhumanesociety.
The Simi Dabah is a nice little walk from the house. However, it is only open on Friday mornings until noon.
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Simi Dabah Sculpture Foundation
5255 Sunfair Rd
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The Simi Dabah is a nice little walk from the house. However, it is only open on Friday mornings until noon.
You can bike to the campground from our house. They have a tiny little manmade lake you can walk around for a relaxing experience that doesn't require going far from home. If you happened to bring a fishing pole with you, they offer catch and release fishing for $10/adult, $5/child. Day use to just chill is $4/person.
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Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground
2601 Sunfair Road
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You can bike to the campground from our house. They have a tiny little manmade lake you can walk around for a relaxing experience that doesn't require going far from home. If you happened to bring a fishing pole with you, they offer catch and release fishing for $10/adult, $5/child. Day use to just chill is $4/person.

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