California’s low desert, primarily Palm Springs, has been a bustling hotspot and popular destination to visit amongst tourists for decades. However, things are changing and its neighbor to the north Joshua Tree is starting to come into its own.
Joshua Tree, California, has recently seen a surge in popularity among artists escaping the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, hipsters looking to capture “Instagram-worthy” photos, or outdoor enthusiast eager to experience Joshua Tree National Park. Whatever category you fall into, we think that the world would be a better place if everyone had the chance to experience the magic of this desert oasis.
Hotel chains are sparse in Joshua Tree, which only adds to the small town charm. The Mojave Sands Motel is “an Eco-chic Moroccan Desert Refuge, celebrating modern-minimalism.” This motel, built-in the 1950’s, host five rooms and is centrally located just a few miles from Joshua Tree National Park. For something with a little more character, the newly renovated Pioneertown Motel in nearby Pioneertown offers cowboy-centric themes and rustic comfort.
Also, try booking an Airbnb — which provide a little more reclusiveness and a whole lot more amenities.
This property is just a few minutes from town, providing the perfect place for refuge to all who visit. It’s 1400 sq. feet of modern decor, open spaces, high ceilings, and a chef’s dream kitchen. Not to mention, it has a jacuzzi and fire-pit — perfect for taking in the views.
JOSHUA TREE WILDER CABIN
This remodeled 1950’s desert homestead is located on five acres in North Joshua Tree. It has all the charm of a small cabin, while proving modern amenities — like an outdoor shower. One of the best parts about this cabin is the vast, unobstructed views of Joshua Tree that make sunrises and sunsets a thing to constantly look forward to.
Though the usual restaurant chains can be found in nearby Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree remains populated mainly by small mom-and-pop restaurants.
One of the more famous dining choices in Joshua tree — serving incredible dishes in a laid-back and casual establishment. They are known for their breakfast options that are served daily until 2 p.m.
PIE FOR THE PEOPLE
A pizzeria serving authentic and delicious New York style pizza in the middle of the desert. They combine the finest New York traditions with fresh and natural ingredients. The only hard part will be deciding what slice to choose.
PAPPY AND HARRIET’S
If you want to enjoy a meal with some live music and maybe a beer or two, look no further than the famous Pappy and Harriet’s. This legendary bar has become an indie rock favorite with a vibe that can’t be matched. It’s continued its tradition of live music, great barbecue, and good times since the passing of former owner Claude “Pappy” Allen.
What draws so many to this desert escape, is in fact just that — an escape. From a massive national park, to quirky art installations, it’s the type of serenity that only the desert can offer.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
The most obvious attraction and for good reason. It’s seen record attendance in the last two years from those hoping to rock-climb its world-famous boulders, night owls looking to stargaze in one of the darkest regions in Southern California, or just nature enthusiast looking to escape. Whatever it is you seek, this massive park has it all.
Located just north of Joshua Tree National Park is this historical structure said to be the site of a powerful geomagnetic vortex. When it was originally built by George Van Tassel, he claimed that the structure was based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. This one-of-a-kind 38-foot high, all wood dome is now a sound bath for those seeking deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and introspection.
NOAH PURIFY OUTDOOR ART MUSEUM
Celebrated sculptor Noah Purifoy spent the last 15 years of his life living in the Joshua Tree desert, constructing this ten-acre outdoor museum entirely out of junked materials. This otherworldly environment is one of California’s great art historical wonders.
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In 2015, Founder of TMDE Paul Martinez left a career in sales for a life of exploring. In just a matter of months he had visited over 10 countries, 30 cities, 10 states, countless national parks, taken thousands of photographs, and did a ton of soul-searching. His search uncovered a deep passion for exploration; which he now believes to be the essence of the human spirit, and led to the birth of The Modern Day Explorer. You can follow him on his personal journey by visiting his Instagram, and hopefully continue to support TMDE by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.