What other attractions are in Joshua Tree?
Take a look at the Joshua Tree Visitors Guide for attractions in the area, including hikes, tours, restaurants, lodging, arts, music, events, and festivals.
There is fabulous hiking all over the national park. Pick up a hiking guide at Coyote Corner, an iconic gift shop on the corner of Highway 62 and Park Blvd, next to the Joshua Tree Saloon. If you would like to hire a local guide for hiking in the national park, we recommend Joshua Tree Excursions.
Take a sound bath at the Integratron for a relaxing and centering aural experience.
Take a yoga class at Instant Karma Yoga.
A great way to experience the Mojave Desert is to rent a bicycle for the day or by the hour at Joshua Tree Bicycle Shop, where they have the desert favorite fat tire bikes.
Joshua Tree is known as an artist community. One of our favorite local artists is Dan Bartlett, whose nature photography and eccentric lamp sculptures tickle the imagination.
The Noah Purifoy exhibit is a unique and historic art installation in North Joshua Tree.
Where can I find camping in Joshua Tree?
Camping in Joshua Tree is extremely crowded and campsites are hard to come by. The best campgrounds for climbers are, in this order:Hidden Valley, Ryan, Jumbo Rock, Belle, and White Tank. The only one that takes reservations is Jumbo Rock. 6 people, 2 cars, and 2 tents are allowed per campsite. Cost is $15 per night.
- There is no water or firewood in the national park. You must bring all your own drinking water and firewood.
- There are no stores or services in the national park.
- There is no cell phone coverage in the national park.
Reservations can be made for Black Rock Campground and Indian Cove Campground, although these are farther away from the main climbing areas near Hidden Valley, and reservations must be made 6 months in advance. Go to the Joshua Tree National Park website for more information.
If you have a large group, there are group sites you can reserve in advance at Indian Cove and Black Rock Campground.
Other Camping Areas:
- Joshua Tree Retreat Center, which apparently is very nice and can be reserved.
- Nice RV and tent campground called Joshua Tree Lake Campground which typically has space available. From highway 62 head north on Sunfair.
- There is overflow camping on BLM land north of highway 62, called the Coyote Dry Lakebed. It is not particularly pleasant camping, but it is free.
Motels and Vacation Rentals
There are a variety of motels in Joshua Tree (High Desert Motel, Safari Motel), Yucca Valley (Best Western, Super 8) and 29 Palms, (Comfort Inn, Motel 6)
Joshua Tree also has a great variety of vacation rentals which are fabulous, ranging from secluded ranch homes to cabins and trailers. Look at AirBnb or VRBO or Moonlight Mesa Retreats.
What if I forgot to bring something?
No worries! Go to Joshua Tree Outfitters, where they rent sleeping bags, pads, tents, stoves, mess kits, crash pads, guidebooks, and more. They also do custom sewing and repairs and have a great selection of local art and souvenirs.
How do I get to the meeting place?
Most Joshua Tree outings meet at the Hemingway Buttress day use area. Park at the sign that says “Hemingway”. This is a paved parking area with a pit toilet. You should enter the national park through the West Entrance (through the town of Joshua Tree). All other entrances will add significant additional driving distances.
Directions from LA or San Diego:
Take Hwy 10 east
Take the Hwy 62 exit (just a couple miles past the Hwy 111 exit)
Go through the towns of Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley
Enter the town of Joshua Tree.
Turn right on Park Blvd (2nd stoplight).
Go 5 miles to the park entrance.
Go 7.7 miles further to the Hemingway Buttress day use area on your right side.