5 Unique Activities That Will Make You Head to Joshua Tree This Spring

Your Joshua Tree Adventure Awaits!

Joshua Tree is an other-worldly desert landscape. It is conveniently located only 125 miles east of Los Angeles, in the Mojave desert.

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This desert gem is the perfect place to stop, reflect, and simply be with the natural world around you. But there is so much to do while reflecting, it’s hard to fit everything into one weekend trip!

So here are my top 5 unique activities and adventures when I visit in Joshua Tree National Park!

1. Hike Jumbo Rocks

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Skull Rock is a popular destination at Joshua Tree State Park. Over many years, rock erosion caused two hollowed-out sockets to form in a large rock, which created the appearance of a skull. This 1.7 mile hike provides great opportunities for photos and is very easily accessible to those staying at the Jumbo Rocks Campground. You will not want to miss taking photos of Skull Rock, or throughout the hike up to the famous stone.

2. Experience The Integratron


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About 16 miles outside of Joshua Tree, the Integratron is a creative and spiritual-awakening experience. It’s signature experience is the Sound Bath, where guests experience auditory magic as they relax, rejuvenate, and heal. The hour-long introspective journey takes you into a deep meditative state and through many different stages of consciousness and self-awareness. It is truly a unique and unforgettable experience.

3. Stargaze at Jumbo Rocks Campground


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Before the last rays of the sun disappear, head over to Jumbo Rocks Campground and set up a camp of blankets off the path to see the most gorgeous spectacle of stars appear right in front of you. If you are coming from a city that is over polluted with lights, the star-filled night sky will be even more magical! This sea of stars is a brilliant photo opportunity and sure to be an experience to remember for the rest of your life.

4. Visit Pioneertown

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Pioneertown is a unique “town” that’s about 17 miles from Joshua Tree State Park. It’s an old western movie set and offers plenty of great photo ops. The best time hands-down for photos in Pioneertown is at sunset, so be sure to have your camera ready once the sun start going down.

5. Eat at Pappy & Harriet’s


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So if you are headed to J Tree for less than 48 hours I would highly recommend all of the above. If you have more time in the area or simply want to see ALL of your options, check out Your Ultimate Guide to Joshua Tree National Park. If you want to have it on your phone for when you are out of service and needing some spots to check out, click below and have the guide sent straight to your inbox.

Have you explored Joshua Tree National Park yet? What was your favorite thing to do while there? Let us know in the comments section below.

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