Eclectic, mystical and calming, Joshua Tree is sure to renew any spirit after a few days.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
When describing Joshua Tree National Park, surreal comes the closest to capturing the sheer oddness of this desert area less than three hours from Los Angeles. Enormous stacks of boulders and the twisting, sculptural forms of the park’s namesake trees (actually giant agaves) create a landscape like nothing else on Earth. This surprising park has a way of changing perceptions of just what a desert can be and draws an eclectic group of visitors, from rock climbers eager to test their skills on Joshua Tree’s famous formations to seekers of silence and solitude. Spreading across 1,234 square miles (nearly 800,000 acres), Joshua Tree is the eighth largest national park in the Lower 48.
Joshua Tree is less than three hours from both Los Angeles and San Diego. The closest major airport with commercial flights is about an hour south in Palm Springs. The nearest entrances to the main part of the park are off State Highway 62 near the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. There’s also an entrance off Interstate 10 about 30 minutes southeast of Indio that leads to the park’s more remote southern section. It will be hot and dry so come well prepared!!
Or for a nearby excursion, and a rather special dining experience, head over to Pappy + Harriet’s in nearby Pioneertown – the Old-West movie set