We had a really great day trip to Joshua Tree National Park. It’s an excellent place for a scenic, tranquil drive, but an even better place to get out and hike, rock-climb and explore.
We drove in from the south entrance on Pinto Basin Road. There are plenty of pull-offs to stop and get a closer look at the landscape. The ocotillo plants happened to be in bloom while we were there. Rich was getting some close-ups and the camera found something else to focus in on!
We also found one Joshua tree that was still in bloom. Each tree was so unique and impressive.
The Cholla Cactus garden was an amazing stop. It’s an area with an over-abundance of cholla cacti with a short walking path. I suggest you staying on the path and not get too close to these guys. They call them the jumping cactus due to the balls of spikes that fall off the plant and easily attach to anything that comes in contact with them. First aid kit located at the end of the trail..lol.
Our next stop was the Jumbo Rocks area. Such cool rock formations and interesting terrain to play in. You must get out and explore here. We did and had a blast!
Our drive took us to the town of 29 Palms. My Dad was stationed here while in the Marines and my parents were married here. With the help of my sister, I was even able to find the hotel where they got engaged. It was new at the time, and still standing. Quite awesome to see in a quaint desert town!
If you are going through the area, we did find a quirky little art gallery called The Glass Outhouse. We stopped and took a couple of pictures along the road, but didn’t go in. After checking their website, we found out that the shop really did have a “glass outhouse.” Apparently, it is made of two-way glass, you can see out, but no one can see you. That may have been quite an experience…lol. Watch for the bikes along the highway and turn right.
Joshua Tree was a super stop along the way and a place I would love to explore again. They offer hiking and rock-climbing for all skill levels and so many photo opportunities can be found. They also offer 8 campgrounds, 4 accept reservations and 4 are first-come, first-serve. If the campgrounds are full, they also offer free over flow camping at the north and south entrances to the park on BLM land for free. We may have to do that next time we find ourselves in the area. For more detailed info on Joshua Tree National Park, see the National Park website: