Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
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Few places in the world combine high and low desert flora, fauna and geology like this breathtaking expanse of preserved wilderness.

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.

Top Hotels Close to Joshua Tree National Park

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Indio, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Indio, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
84054 Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA, 92203
The price is $120 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
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4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"It was very nice in the room and inside and outside it was a good place to stay we will be back good service. Thank you"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

The Littlest Casita. Comfy, Cozy, Coachella Vibes.
The Littlest Casita. Comfy, Cozy, Coachella Vibes.
Coachella, CA
Stay at this apartment in Coachella. Enjoy WiFi, air conditioning, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Spotlight 29 Casino and Fantasy Springs Casino are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Peaceful place
"A nice, quiet neighborhood. The place was neat and it had everything to make you feel like home."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

WorldMark Indio
WorldMark Indio
3 out of 5
42-151 WorldMark Way, Indio, CA, 92203
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Indio. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (634 reviews)
"Love this place!"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

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El Rancho Dolores Motel at Joshua Tree National Park
El Rancho Dolores Motel at Joshua Tree National Park
2 out of 5
73352 29 Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms, CA, 92277
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3 out of 5
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Indio, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Indio, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
84054 Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA, 92203
Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Indio Coachella Valley
Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Indio Coachella Valley
2.5 out of 5
42655 Marmara St, Indio, CA, 92203
Hampton Inn & Suites Indio
Hampton Inn & Suites Indio
2.5 out of 5
42261 Spectrum Street, Indio, CA, 92203
Quality Inn & Suites Indio I-10
Quality Inn & Suites Indio I-10
2.5 out of 5
84096 Indio Springs Dr, Indio, CA, 92201
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
3.5 out of 5
84245 Indio Springs Pkwy, Coachella, CA, 92203
Turtle Back Mesa Bed & Breakfast
Turtle Back Mesa Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
28700 Hot Well Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92241
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