Highlights from Joshua Tree, California
Teddybear Cholla is a fuzzy-looking cactus native to California, Arizona, Nevada, and northwestern Mexico. This image was taken in JTNP right before sunset.
Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Museum
This 7.5 acre site display artist’s, Noah Purifoy’s, large-scale assemblage sculptures made from junked material. To learn more, check out noahpurifoy.com.
The Golden Hour at JTNP
These photos were taken during the “Golden Hour” or “Magic Hour,” just before sunset. The colors are amazing! You’ll also notice how some of the JTNP’s beautiful rock formations, sudden and stunning outcroppings, look like they came from a movie set. Nerd out and learn more about the park’s unique rock formations here and its namesake’s Joshua trees here.
The park’s terrain is no joke. When hiking its trails, make sure to bring a map, compass, lots of water and wear proper clothing.
Integratron is a wooden dome located 20 minutes outside of JT in a town called Landers. Author and ufologist, George Van Tassel, built this structure with instructions he claimed to have received from aliens visiting from Venus. The dome is acoustically perfect because it was built without screws or nails. There is a magnet in the center of the ceiling that amplifies the surrounding powerful, geomagnetic forces. The Integratron’s signature experience is its sounds baths where guests lie on blankets for a sonic healing session. It’s relaxing and trippy—you can even hear people whispering clear across the room! For more info, visit integratron.com.
I don’t go to JT without stopping at Crossroads Café. The restaurant offers hearty breakfasts and sandwiches with many veg-friendly options! A couple doors down is a Joshua Tree Health Foods — a store where you can stock up for the park before hitting the trails.
Pappy & Harriet’s
Pappy & Harriet’s is up the road in Pioneertown, where a ton of westerns have been filmed since the 1940’s. This restaurant/bar opened in 1972 as an outlaw biker burrito bar. Today, you can find bands playing just about every night. A lot of locals head there, but it’s a popular travel spot as well. A must see!
Don’t be fooled by the name. Country Kitchen offers typical country classic breakfasts. Or, Maria, the restaurant’s motherly Cambodian owner can serve you up tofu noodles, extra spicy! Coffee is never half-empty and Maria never stops smiling. You can’t feel anything but love for this place.
Track all these highlights on our interactive Pinterest map!»
ABOUT THE AUTHOR