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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
"Take a trip to the unique and pristine desert wonderland of this local national park. In the comfort of a 15-passenger van or enclosed SUV guests will see firsthand the contrast between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts while enjoying a running narration f unique vegetation mining history and wild west stories make this tour a must-see for the Palm Springs visitor. The tour includes stops at the Park Visitor Center for souvenirs Hidden Valley and Keys View for optional nature walks. Tour price includes water snacks entry fee to the park and pickup and drop-off from Palm Desert or select local resorts."""
From $119.00
 
Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour
"This tour starts with an 8am or 1pm departure time from Palm Desert. Along the way you will visit the Coachella Valley Preserve the Morongo Preserve and the Whitewater Preserve. Because of the concentration of water each locale offers a unique contrast to surrounding desert environs. Lush plant life wildlife water and fascinating geology are all part of this tour.Your expert guide will talk about the windmills the San Andreas Fault Indian Culture and whatever else strikes your interest. Wear comfy walking shoes as short
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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure
"The Earthquake Canyon Express – Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this 20 mile tour that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road to the heart of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads no turns and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1200 feet over the route.The course takes riders from the transition zone between the Colorado an winds its way through the narrow canyon walls of Box Canyon and finishes with spectacular views of the Salton Sea Mt. San Jacinto the All-American Canal and the agriculture of the eastern Coachella Valley. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oasis Date Gardens for a date shake and restroom break."
From $105.00

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Rangers and Staff at Oasis of Mara Visiting Center

Favorite thing They were awesome. They helped us not only with information about the park, but also information around the whole 29 Palms Area. Where does the water in the tap come from? What is the bird that sounds like...? Why are there all these fences around the houses? They could answer all of it and they were helpful, nice, and funny to boot. Make use of this valuable information resource.

Fondest memory Two favorites - clambering on the monzogranite rock formations and the hike to 49 Palms Oasis.

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welbourn3
Mar 31, 2010

Cottonwood Visitor Center

Favorite thing This center is located at Cottonwood Springs and is open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Water, flush toilets, and a bookstore are available here. There is also a Botanical Walk, but when we walked it, it was really silly. The plants were all babies and many of the signs labeling them were broken. Hopefully this will be improved in the future. This is a good place, however, to get information on places to visit while in the park.

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KimberlyAnn
Apr 28, 2005

Oasis Visitor Center and Trail

Favorite thing This center, located at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms is Open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Water, flush toilets, telephone, a bookstore, and beverages are available at the center. Sometimes talks are given on the patio, and this is a good place to get information on places to visit in Joshua Tree. The visitor center has a ½ mile paved Oasis of Maria interpretive loop trail and a small exhibit. You may pick up a pamphlet at the beginning of the trail, which will give you information on the history and the natural life of this wonderful oasis.

Fondest memory I love the fat fan palms with their skirts that sway in the breeze, creating a musical sound as the dry fronds clack together. For me the sound of palms is pure music, as through they were singing just for me.

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KimberlyAnn
Apr 28, 2005

Hot Shower

Favorite thing There is no running water in the park that means no shower unless you bring you rown portable shower.

If not, Coyote Corner which is located across Nomad Ventures offers hot showers for $1.50/3 minutes. The shower rooms are clean and well maintained.

Located outside the west entrance at the intersection of Hwy 62 and Park Blvd.

http://www.joshuatreecoyotecorner.com/

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girladventure
Sep 27, 2004
 
 
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Joshua Tree

Favorite thing At Joshua Tree National Park, a different sort of promised land abounds, with the clarity of the air and the absence of human interference playing tricks on the eyes.

Fondest memory This 8000,000-acre wilderness, designated a national monument in 1936 and then a national park in 1994, plays on the psyche and inspires an almost overwhelming
sence of freedom.

That's a big reason why more and more rural pioneers from the big citieed are seeking respite here, forming a new colony of folk artists, musicians, photographers and the like in the tiny offbeat communities of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms.

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cobrioc
Oct 23, 2002

How to get to Jtree from Los Angeles

Favorite thing Take 10 East
Then take U.S. 62 North to the town of Joshua Tree.
Turn right on Park Blvd. which leads directly to JTNP's West entrance (about 5 miles up the road)

Entrance Fee is $10/vehicle

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girladventure
Sep 13, 2004

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"Joshua Tree NP, a plants Heaven"
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"Funny Trees and More"
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Things to Do Near Joshua Tree National Park

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Ryan Mountain

The Ryan Mountain trail is a 3 miles roundtrip leading to probably the best views in the park. The trail begins at Ryan Mountain parking area and climbs steadily. With a 1000-foot elevation gain over...
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Barker Dam

Barker Dam itself was a bit of a letdown and was not nearly as interesting as the trail leading to it. Barker Dam began as a catch basin to store water for the ranchers in the area. It was made into a...
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Skull Rock

This rock vaguely resembles a human skull. it's right off the main road in the jumbo rocks area. it was created from wind and rain erosion. There is a short 1.7 mile trail that originates from here,...
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Living Desert Zoo

Having seen wildlife happy and active in their native habitats many times, I'm less interested in visiting zoos these days. Moreover, I lived in San Diego for eight years and visited the world's...
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Living Desert Botanical Gardens

Much of the effort of The Living Desert is to impress upon visitors the value of desert habitat. Along the walk that visits the zoo, there are a number of garden spots with desert botanicals, some of...
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