Well stocked and very friendly salespeople
What to buy: climbing shoe rentals · guidebooks · topo-maps · local info · climbing gear · hiking boots · backpacking equipment · camping gear · mountaineering equipment · travel accessories · desert wear · climbing clothes · outdoor tech wear · etc.
This is the kind of shop so often found at places like National Parks.
But this was a particularly attractive and well stocked one, with really friendly and helpful staff.
We bought sun hats, post cards and books about the Park and for our grandchildren Joshua Tree T-shirts.
The latter were the most long-lasting of any such take-home presents.
One of my grandsons refused to wear any other because he thought being a Park Ranger was so cool, and the subtle khaki green colours were obviously the ones to be seen in.
Well made, good quality and totally lacking in tackiness!
Buy as much as you can outside of the park in its neighboring towns. We hit up Twenty Nine Palms and it didn't seem to expensive. Plus your supporting the smaller towns around the park. You'd hate to not be able to make a beer or smores run.
Wal-Mart : http://www.walmart.com/
What to buy: With these two stores about 5 miles from Black Rock Canyon Campground, you can get just about anything you will need or forgot.
From fire wood, food to camping gear.
What to pay: The going price?
At each of the entrances to the park there are shops. The best I felt was at the northern entrance in 29 Palms. The Oasis Visitor Center has the nicest displays and best (yet small) selection of items to purchase of all the shops. The Cottonwood Visitor Center has many of the same things but is much smaller and the displays are not as well done and intricate. On the western side, there are many shops people have set up to sell things. They looked too touristy for my taste, so I just passed them by and went right into the park.
What to buy: books, art, souvenirs
What to pay: standard prices
My dream store... lol just a lot of cool things i like sold here.....crystals, clothing, stickers, glass pipes, anti bush magnets for my fridge:-) cool jewelry, books, + soooo much more oh had a selection of rock climbing gear
What to buy: Glass Pipes, Stickers, a book for the plane ride home,postcards, crafts, crystals, rock climbing equipment
What to pay: well i spent like $150 but i went craZy:-)
Just outside the park entrance, Goyote Corner is a neat mix between a head shop and climbing outfitter. They have a great selection of books on desert life.