Ultimate Guide to Joshua Tree


I can’t even begin to list all the amazing Airbnb rentals you can stay in while visiting Joshua Tree National Park. Vacationing in mid century and ranch style homes with boho gorgeous interiors is reason enough to make the trek. Did I mention the views? Imagine sitting in a hot tub and watching the sunset over the vast expanse of the desert while hanging out in the coolest outdoor living spaces you have ever seen. There are no shortage of incredible homes to rent for the day or week.

Joshua Tree Airbnb

Where To Stay

There are four towns located within 30 minutes from a park entrance. Twentynine Palms (8 minutes), Joshua Tree (9 minutes), Yucca Valley (19 minutes) and Pioneer Town (28 minutes).

Joshua Tree Luna Cabin is located just outside the town of Joshua tree. This desert oasis offers wide open views of Joshua Tree and the mountains.

Joshua Tree Airbnb

Mojave Modern Joshua Tree Ranch House is set on 2.5 acres of lush property. The environs offer complete serenity while it’s only a 15 minute drive to the town of  Joshua Tree.

Joshua Tree Airbnb
Airbnb, Casita by The Joshua Tree House

Casita by The Joshua Tree House What makes this casita so special? The 900 plus acres of protected land that serve as a wildlife corridor to Joshua Tree National Park. You’ll see many kinds of birds, antelope squirrels, lizards, cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits and maybe even a desert tortoise or a coyote! Only a 12 minute drive into town.

We just love all of The Joshua Tree Airbnb’s. Perfect for boho decor lovers! If desert vibes is your thang, check out this book At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living.

Shopping Twentynine Palms


Twentynine Palms

Shopping & Dining
Habitat A home decor and furnishing shop embracing a bohemian chic desert aesthetic.
Cowboy Attic  The place to go for all of your rustic western wear.
Mojave Moon Cafe  A friendly café and dessert lounge offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Joshua Tree shopping guide

Yucca Valley

Shopping & Dining

Shop on the Mesa  The ultimate boho shoppers dream. The store is light and airy and sells everything from jewelry to leather and wood lounge chairs as well as the popular  Tio Y Tia hats.

Moon Wind Trading Co. This local boutique features unique desert treasures and products that are made from natural, and organic ingredients.

Funky & Darn Near New  A curated collection of vintage clothing.

The End   A curated vintage & designer shop featuring unique clothing, jewelry, textiles, & art by local artist Time Buzzelli.

Hoof and Horn. An eclectic selection of men and women’s apparel, mixing western & bohemian styles.

Frontier Cafe,  Gourmet salads and sandwiches. A kale lovers cafe.

Lo Copine  Chic desert style meets thoughtfully created dishes at this stylish, fine dining hot spot. First come first serve. No reservations.

Cali Greens Cafe. This vibrant cafe serves the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for travelers heading into Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree, where to eat

Joshua Tree

Shopping & Dining

The Station  Set in an old garage, this shop is Instagram heaven. You can even rent out the place!  Souvenirs such as T-Shirts, eclectic Gifts and vintage trinkets line the shelves. Sit outside and enjoy coffee, cool drinks & snacks.

Gallery 62.  A cooperative art gallery of the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council.

Joshua Tree Art Gallery A cultural outpost in the desert, Joshua Tree Art Gallery features regional painting, sculpture and photography.

Joshua Tree Farmers Market  Experience local/organic food at the Joshua Tree Farmers Market on Saturday mornings from 8-10. Enjoy shopping local arts and crafts.

Joshua Tree Coffee Company  There’s nothing quite like a truly good cup of coffee at sunrise in the desert. The menu also includes vegan and organic baked goods.

Crossroads Cafe   Serves diner food with a Southwestern twist. It’s open 7 am to 9 pm, so you can get your smoothie fix in the morning and your cocktail on at night. They also have free WiFI which, out in the wilderness, is a plus. Everyone agrees that their food is tasty.

The Natural Sisters Cafe  For those who prefer plant-based, organic fare after a day of outdoor adventuring, Natural Sisters Cafe offers salads, sandwiches, and desserts made with seasonal ingredients.

Joshua Tree Saloon  Hang out “in the yard,” with outside barbecue and cocktails. This is the happening place Friday and Saturdays. 7:30 am till late at night for live music, open mic and karaoke.

Joshua Tree, where to stay
Pioneer Town

Pioneer Town is a bit of a jaunt from the park (30 mins) but we had to give it the attention it deserves. One, for the sheer weirdness of the place, and two, for the infamous Pappy & Harriets.

Shopping, Dining & Entertainment

Pioneer General Store  A great curated selection of vintage flannels, leathers, Levi jeans and work wear.

MazAmar Art Pottery Locally made pottery sold in a wooden western building.

Pappy & Harriett’s  A biker bar famous for their live entertainment.

Pioneertown Mountain Preserve The 25,500-acre Pioneertown Mountains Preserve descends from the high piney 7,800-foot ridges into the Pioneertown Valley. The small community of Pioneertown is surrounded by conservancy-owned volcanic mesas, the Sawtooth Mountains, and preserve lands leading to the San Bernardino National Forest.
Pioneer Town Motel  An eclectic motel set out in the desert with quite the history. Worth a visit even if you are not planning on staying there.
Guide to Visiting Joshua Tree
Off the beaten path

Integratron  26 min from Joshua Tree National Park entrance. “This historical structure is a uniquely resonant tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert.” I think that pretty much sums up why you have to visit this place.

A-Z West   A-Z West is artwork located on over seventy acres in the California high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park. Since it’s inception A-Z West has functioned as an evolving testing grounds for living in “a place in which spaces, objects, and acts of living all intertwine into a single ongoing investigation into what it means to exist and participate in our culture today.” If you would like to visit, A-Z West hosts monthly tours as a fundraiser for High Desert Test Sites.

Krblin Jihn Kabin   While exploring the desert, you can stop by the home of a fictional heretic. The Krblin Jihn Kabin is a faux-historic preserve where religious dissidents were exiled. It is complete with explanatory panels and plaques outlining the historic preserve.

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