Top things to do

Top Choice Public Art in Joshua Tree National Park

Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum

The 'Junk Dada' sculptures and installations of African-American artist Noah Purifoy (1917–2004) are collected by the world's finest museums, but some of his coolest works can be seen for free at his former outdoor …
Top Choice Natural Feature in Joshua Tree National Park

Wonderland of Rocks

This striking rock labyrinth extends roughly from Indian Cove in the north to Park Blvd in the south and is predictably a popular rock climbers' haunt. For a quick impression, try the 0.5-mile Indian Cove Trail or t…
Top Choice American in Joshua Tree National Park

La Copine

It's a long road from Philadelphia to the high desert, but that's where Nikki and Claire decided to take their farm-to-table brunch cuisine from pop-up to brick and mortar. Their roadside bistro serves zeitgeist-cap…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Joshua Tree National Park

Keys View

From Park Blvd, it’s an easy 20-minute drive up to Keys View (5185ft), where breathtaking views take in the entire Coachella Valley and extend as far as the Salton Sea. Looming in front of you are Mt San Jacinto (10…
Top Choice Live Music in Joshua Tree National Park

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

For local color, toothsome BBQ, cheap beer and kick-ass live music, drop in at this textbook honky-tonk in Pioneertown, a movie set turned living town. Monday’s open-mike nights (admission free) are legendary and of…
National Park in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Taking a page from a Dr Seuss book, the whimsical Joshua trees welcome visitors to this 794,000-acre park at the convergence of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Rock climbers know ‘JT’ as the best place to climb in …
Landmark in Joshua Tree National Park

Integratron

It may look just like a white-domed structure, but in reality it's an electrostatic generator for time travel and cell rejuvenation. Yup! At least that's what its creator, former aerospace engineer George Van Tassel…
Music in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Over a long weekend in May, this family-friendly, indie-music fest grooves out at Joshua Tree Lake Campground. It’s followed by a guitar festival in July and a soulful roots celebration in mid-October. No dogs. Tick…
Sports & Outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park

Nomad Ventures

Expertly curated store with brand-name gear for numerous outdoor adventures, especially rock climbing and hiking. Staff is expert when it comes to local terrain and can provide invaluable tips and insights.
Cafe in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Coffee Company

Organic and locally roasted, this spotless outfit makes some of the best coffee in JT. It's sold in places around the valley but roasted right here in the little hipster cafe with outdoor seating.