Twentynine Palms was initially settled mostly by homesteaders, many of whom were veterans of World War 1. Today the town owes much of its existence/prosperity to Joshua Tree National Park and the large Marine Base here. Twentynine Palms acknowledges that with a nice little Veterans Park with several monuments to those who have served in the...more
There is another neat museum in town; The Old School Museum. The establishment of the school was somewhat controversial and the Superintendent of Schools refused to fund it. In 1927, the Campbell Family donated 5 acres of their homestead for the school and $300 was raised for materials and construction. Today that school is preserved as a museum....more
72535 Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, California, 92277, United States
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6333 Encelia Avenue, Twentynine Palms, California, 92277, United States
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71487 29 Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms, California, 92277-4304, United States
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The most opulent place in Twentynine Palms, the Bistro opened in early 2009. It is also very gay-friendly! Owners Sam and Karen Provost have family connections with Alaskan fisheries, and have the freshest Alaskan seafood, from king salmon to scallops to halibut, flown overnight into Palm Springs, where it is then picked up and brought to the...more
The menu is fantastic! There are nightly fresh fish specials (the supplier is the Santa Monica Seafood Co.), and several chicken dishes that are outstanding. The New York strip is superb, and the chocolate mousse is to die for! The best restaurant in 29!"Idiot's Gulch" is what we locals lovingly call the bar. It's a great place to hang out and meet...more
Seeing as how my options were limited because I was looking for something close to my motel AND the fact that it's a small town, I just picked The Rib Company and gave it a shot. They serve pretty good ribs. Besides that you can get pretty much anything else you'd expect in a rib joint like steaks, sandwiches, etc.more
The Crossroads is extremely popular with rock climbers, environmentalists, musicians, the GLBT crowd, and anyone looking for fun, socializing, and fantastic food. It literally is a crossroads, as many people from all over the world manage to find their way here. The staff is a fun-loving, eclectic group of folks ready to serve you! They have a...more
This is definitely a "greasy spoon," but it's totally worth the trip. The food is great, there's lots of it, and it's CHEAP! Plus, Santana's is open 24 hours, in case you get the midnight munchies. Great place to go after the bars close. The chicken-mushroom quesadilla with an horchata to drink can't be beat. It really hits the spot!more
A favorite with locals and Marines, this is the place to be on Thursday nights. Karaoke is the hot thing here, and you'll hear the good along with the excruciatingly bad. Great place to check out hip-hugging jeans on Marines and construction workers! Again, be careful and use common sense. Come as you are, and let it all hang out!more
My "home away from home," the 29 Palms Inn is just a cool place to get away from it all. The bar is a small but friendly place, and I guarantee you'll meet all sorts of neat folks, gay and straight, from around the world here. You may even find yourself sitting next to a rock or movie star! I love the martinis, which are made to perfection, and the...more
A sports pub hugely popular with Marines, this place has karaoke, occasional live music, and an Internet jukebox. Great place to watch the guys, if you're into that. A word of caution: This is not a gay bar, and some of the folks might get a bit rowdy if they think you're trying to hit up on them, especially if they're intoxicated. Just use common...more
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is the closest commercial airport with scheduled airline service. It is about fifty miles from Twentynine Palms. Other airports that can be utilized include Ontario International (ONT), Los Angeles International (LAX), and McCarran International (LAS) in Las Vegas. Twentynine Palms Airport (TNP), located six...more
CA-62 is the major highway linking Twentynine Palms to the rest of the world. The highway connects with I-10 just west of Palm Springs. SR-177 connects I-10 and CA-62 east of Twentynine Palms/Joshua Tree National Park. Amboy Road/Kelbaker Road links I-15, I-40, and Route 66 with Twentynine Palms from the north (Las Vegas, Barstow, and Death...more
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The Twentynine Palms Highway, or CA-62, is a long, straight piece of highway that can entice people to speed excessively. There have been many accidents on this highway, a few of them fatal. There are also many bicyclists/motorcyclists on this route. Make sure to look out for the other guy, buckle up, and be courteous to other drivers.more
Although Twentynine Palms itself is safe, there are some areas outside the city that travelers should be careful in. These areas include rural Landers and rural Wonder Valley. Homesteads that stand alone in the open desert can be viciously guarded by dogs and/or guns. Also, meth labs can be found in some of these cabins, and someone unlucky enough...more
Luggage and bags:
Your old duffel bag or a new American Tourister -- you decide!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Spring/Summer/Fall -- Shorts, sandals, T-shirts, short-sleeved dress shirts and polos. A light jacket and jeans/slacks would also be appropriate in early spring and late fall.
Winter -- Jacket, sweaters, sweatshirts, slacks and jeans. Make sure to bring along a good pair of hiking boots/shoes!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen!
The local grocery stores and Rite-Aid have all of the items you'll need.
Photo Equipment: We don't have a camera shop in town, so bring everything you want or need. Rite-Aid and Stater Bros. do carry film, and Rite-Aid also processes film, albeit the generic, Wal-Mart way.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping supplies can be found at our local grocery and drug stores, but bring tents, lanterns, sleeping bags, etc.
Miscellaneous: Bring an adventurous spirit!
Where else can you get a modern haircut surrounded by beauty equipment dating back to the late 1800's? Jeff Hafler catered to the Hollywood elite before deciding he had had enough of the city, and moved to the fascinating area of Wonder Valley, located just east of Twentynine Palms. Call Jeff for an appointment and directions. Don't need your hair...more
Rock climbing -- you can't beat it!
Equipment: Nomad Ventures and Joshua Tree Outfitters, both located in Joshua Tree, about fifteen miles west of Twentynine Palms on CA-62, has all the climbing equipment you'll need and more!
Believe it or not, gay travel to the Twentynine Palms/Morongo Basin area is steadily increasing. Our location between Palm Springs, Lake Havasu, and Las Vegas brings many GLBT visitors to our area, and it shows. Our thriving GLBT community is growing at a rapid rate. Folks wanting to escape the dreariness of San Francisco's weather, the smoginess of WeHo's air, or the traffic jams in the Coachella Valley come here to visit, and they fall in love with it! Many of them end up buying their permanent or retirement homes in the area, and become members of the community. They are artists, social activists, business owners, doctors, musicians, store and office managers, lawyers, teachers, and geographers. If you think you won't meet anyone exciting and interesting while in the Twentynine Palms/Morongo Basin area during your travels, think again!
Fondest memory: I miss the natural beauty and mystique of the area, but I also miss the people. They are a homey, down-to-earth lot, and they lack the pretentiousness that is found in the city. Best of all, they care about who you are, not what you are. Some of the best friends I've ever made are here, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.