As we approach Joshua Tree National Park in a vehicle of 5 friends, a mix of new and return park goers, our eyes glued onto large rock formations build over billions of years surrounded by ghostly and sizeable native plant, Joshua tree. If Mars exists on earth, then it must look like this. Located on the southeastern part of California, this majestic park expands 790K acres with an average of more than 2 million annually.
To celebrate Daniel’s 30th birthday, we rented a 2-bedroom midcentury-style house equipped with a 2-person teepee in the backyard. This dog-friendly accommodation was the perfect bungalow for our 3-day weekend. We explored the national park, enjoyed countless bottles of libations accompanied by competitive board games, and ate delicious Indian food at a family owned restaurant named Sam’s Pizza (weird name, I know!).
Only 2.5 hours away from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is the perfect getaway to escape for the weekend. Here is a list of where to stay, eat, and hike in the small town.
- Natural Sisters Cafe (Vegan). A friend who is non-vegan recommended the black bean burger.
- Joshua Tree Coffee Company
- Country Kitchen Perfect for brunch. It was featured on one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows.
- Crossroads Cafe
- Pappy and Harriets Must go for show and dinner!
- Sams Pizza Surprisingly good Indian food
- Cholla Cactus Garden (0.25 mile), easy
- Keys View (0.25 mile), easy
- Arch Rock (0.5 miles), easy
- Skull Rock (1.5 miles) easy to moderate
- Wall Street Mill (2.15 miles), easy
- Lost Horse Mine and Mountain trail (4 miles), moderate to hard
- Lost Palms Oasis Trail (8 miles), moderate to hard