Joshua Tree National Park has become increasingly popular over the years. This desert hideout is Palm Springs’ more rugged, outdoorsy sibling. Where Palm Springs has hotel pools and a nightlife for the weekenders, Joshua Tree has rock climbing and thrifting. This desert getaway is worth the drive, even on a holiday weekend.
Casa Joshua Tree – This is where we stayed this weekend. I loved all of the stylish details, all of which helped create an Instgramable moment. It’s located close to downtown and the park. When we finally got the fireplace going, it was nice to enjoy a real wood fire, which is always a treat. The outdoor swing was the perfect place to take in the sunrise wrapped in a cozy blanket.
Joshua Tree House – Owned by a husband and wife design team, the Joshua Tree House offers three different homes to rent. Each one is carefully curated for a relaxing and stylish stay. They get booked months in advance, so it’s best to plan your trip early if you want to stay here. I have to mark my cal for sometime in June so I can stay at the Joshua Tree House and enjoy the indoor chair swing and hot tub under the stars.
Joshua Tree National Park – The park has tons of trails for hikers of all levels. Many of the trails lead to old gold mines and ruins, from the time when the land was run by homesteaders. It’s also nice to drive through the park and enjoy the desert views, rock formations, and check out the extreme climbers. Be sure to take in plenty of water and food because there aren’t any places to buy goods once you get into the park. This is especially important if you’re camping.
Pioneertown – Located twelve miles west of Joshua Tree, Pioneertown is a real town that was originally built as a film set. Built in 1946, when Westerns were popular, the founders saw this as a town you would find in the Old West, with the facades of a bank, jail, and general store, but inside there would be modern day stores. And that’s exactly how it is now, although I do think that there can be more shops to draw in tourists.
Hoof and the Horn – I found a cute dress here that I can’t wait to wear. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to get that boho desert vibe. They sell new and vintage clothes and accessories for men and women, as well as a few home goods. My friend got some cool knit throw pillows.
Pioneer Crossing Antiques – This antique shop has reasonable prices and an eclectic mix of antiques and desert inspired goods. There aren’t a lot of clothes, which is usually what I look for, so head to the next place on the list if that’s what you’re into.
Funky and Darn Near New – The name says it all. This vintage shop has some funky clothes, that could possibly pass as costume. The pieces are unique and some are out right wacky. The prices are reasonable, especially compared to LA.
Note: Depending on what type of trip you would like, you can also camp in the park.