If the heat of the desert is something that you would rather not deal with, there are also visiting hours at night time that offer stargazing attractions. This is a unique opportunity to take in the dark sky dotted with shiny sparkly stars blinking down at you. Joshua Tree National Park’s remoteness makes it an ideal place to stargaze. The park has even been designated as an International Dark Sky Park.
For the optimal stargazing experience, it is recommended to head to the east side of the park where light pollution from surrounding cities is scarce, and nothing will be obstructing the views of the night sky. It is also best if you visit the park during winter, on nights with no full moon, as you will be able to see many constellations and stars this way.
Driving Tour of Joshua Tree
Hop in a car and start your engine, and drive through Joshua Tree Park’s vast landscapes while in the comfort of your vehicle. For those of you who would rather not risk driving through the desert alone, there are plenty of driving tours available that offer to take you to the park and around it.
Some of the tours require you to go to Palm Springs as the starting point of the trip, after which you will be headed to the Palm Desert and bear witness to the wonders of Joshua Tree Park within a well-air-conditioned vehicle. A guide will also be available to explain everything you need to know about the stunning park. The drive lasts approximately 4.5 hours, an ample amount of time to discover this national treasure. During the drive through the desert, you will even have the opportunity to get out of the car and hike up the trails found at the park if you so wish.
Downtown Joshua Tree
This small town located in Joshua Tree hasn’t changed a bit since it was established in the sixties, downtown Joshua Tree is a completely independent town, meaning any and all purchases you make go directly into the residents’ pockets, and not to companies or big corporations. Visit this charming town for a throwback to the 60s, to experience the atmosphere and unchanging aesthetics of a time long gone.
Despite it being quite an old town, there are many attractions for curious visitors willing to check out this hidden gem, some of them including Sacred Space, a nationally certified deep tissue massage therapy for women, yoga classes, and the Wind Walkers Medicine Wheel where you will be able to witness some traditional cleansing rituals of the town.
Downtown Joshua Tree also has a functioning grocery store unlike any other you have seen in some major cities around the state, it is called Joshua Tree Health Foods and offers various products such as dairy products, herbs, veggies, and more.