Top things to do

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 and – on a good day – Mexico. Looming in front …
Top Choice Natural Landscape in Joshua Tree National Park

Hidden Valley Trail

Some 8 miles south of the West Entrance, this whimsically dramatic cluster of rocks is a rock climbers’ mecca, but just about anyone can enjoy a clamber on the giant boulders. An easy 1-mile trail loops through it a…
Indian in Joshua Tree National Park

Sam's Pizza

Sure, there’s pizza but clued-in locals flock to Sam’s for the flavor-packed Indian curries, many of them meatless and also available for takeout.
American in Joshua Tree National Park

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Enjoy BBQ, cheap beer and live music at honky-tonk Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace.
American in Joshua Tree National Park

Crossroads Cafe

The much-loved Crossroads is the go-to place for carbo-loaded breakfasts, dragged-through-the-garden salads and fresh sandwiches that make both omnivores (burgers, Reuben sandwich) and vegans (fake Philly with seita…
American in Joshua Tree National Park

Restaurant at 29 Palms Inn

This well-respected restaurant has its own organic garden and does burgers and salads at lunchtime, and grilled meats and toothsome pastas for dinner.
Bar in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Saloon

This watering hole with jukebox, pool tables and cowboy flair serves bar food along with rib-sticking burgers and steaks. Most people come here for the nightly entertainment, such as open-mic Tuesdays, karaoke Wedne…
National Park in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Taking a page from a Dr Seuss book, the whimsical Joshua trees (actually tree-sized yuccas) welcome visitors to this 794,000-acre park at the convergence of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. It was Mormon settlers wh…
Pizza in Joshua Tree National Park

Pie for the People

Thin-crust pizzas for takeout and delivery. Flavors span standards to the David Bowie: white pizza with mozzarella, Guinness caramelized onions, jalapenos, pineapple, bacon, and sweet plum sauce. Enjoy yours under t…
Nature Reserve in Joshua Tree National Park

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

Named as one of California’s important birding areas by no less an authority than the Audubon Society, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve encloses a natural spring-fed desert oasis that’s a native riparian habitat where co…