Hello Joshua Tree! Named after the Yucca brevifolia indigenous to the Mojave desert region. These trees have to be some of the most unique trees I’ve ever scene. This is my third time traveling to JT and I still can’t get over them. This desert will amaze you with its peaceful and tranquil beauty. Just about a 3 hour drive from LA. Leaving on a Friday? Add about another hour or two to that time. Traffic gets pretty backed up on the weekends so be sure to plan ahead for that.
Where to Stay
My husband and I spent the weekend over in Joshua tree at this modern architectural desert retreat rental home “Jackrabbit Wash“. Be prepared to see an ample amount of these zig-zagging bunnies hopping around the place. This spot will set you into full relax mode. There was definitely a lot of lounging around broken up with some hike sessions. We had good times playing scrabble over glasses of wine, so bring some board games with you on your stay. The whole design of the home is spectacular. It took 8 years for the owner to build it. The pool is just a sight for the eyes being surrounded by the beautiful desert and at night the most starry sky I’ve ever seen.
Another sweet spot that I would really love to stay at in Joshua Tree is this Rock Reach House. Described as a “modern steel house perched amidst a pristine high desert setting replete with enormous weathered boulders – along with ancient juniper, pinón and desert oak trees “. Sounds like yes please, I’ll have that.
What To Do
Plenty of hiking trails and outdoor activities to keep you in awe and active. From rock climbing, to wilderness and bird watching you will experience this beautiful earth at one of it’s most unique settings. Heading to Joshua Tree around February? Make sure to pack some warm layers and jackets, it gets quite cold during the day.
Created by George Van Tassel who claimed that the structure is based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and… aliens. Yup aliens. Van Tassel said he was woken up one night, and ushered unto a spaceship by an extra terrestrial and was then told some very vital information about frequencies for rejuvenating living cell tissues. This unique wood dome was designed to be a generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel. In 1954 George began building the structure and described it as “The Integratron is a machine, a high-voltage electrostatic generator that would supply a broad range of frequencies to recharge the cell structure.”
This world famous live music venue known for their surprise big name performances where you don’t know who just might be walking up on that stage and giving you a “time of my life”moment. To name a few Paul McCartney, Rufus Wainwright and Band of Horses have all played in this building built in the 40’s to film western movies.
What to Pack
These are a view of my favorite things to pack for a Joshua Tree desert getaway. Desert inspired items to get you in the mood.
Have a magical time!