An unforgettable trip to Joshua Tree and 5 can’t-miss attractions nearby.

Share story

Joshua Tree is considered one of the most epically beautiful destinations on the West Coast. With miles of trails for beginners and mountaineers alike, the park should be on everybody’s bucket list.

If you do travel down to see one of the country’s natural crown jewels, make sure to check out some of the surrounding attractions that will make for a complete trip you’ll never forget.

Pappy + Harriet’s

53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, Calif.

Located 25 minutes out of the park, Pappy + Harriet’s is the perfect place to wind down after a long day on the trails. Nestled in Pioneertown, which neighbors the park, this restaurant and bar looks straight out of the old west. It features live music every night of the week, almost never with a cover charge. So head down, get a drink and enjoy a sweet desert night.

Integratron

2477 Belfield Blvd., Landers, Calif.

Take a sound bath at Integratron for something completely different. (Carl Rice/Integretron)
Take a sound bath at Integratron for something completely different. (Carl Rice/Integretron)

If you’re looking to get a little bit outside yourself, head over to the Integratron. Built by UFOligist (yes, that is exactly what you think it is) George Van Tassel, the Integratron is a 38-foot-high dome that’s purpose was to be an “electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.”

It is required that you book a reservation ahead of time for your sound bath, which involves lying in the structure while the staff plays crystal singing bowls tuned to your individual chakras. If you’re up for something you won’t find anywhere else, this is for you.

The End

55872 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, Calif.

Under federal law, you can’t take anything out of the park (and, seriously, don’t). So if you’re looking to take home a souvenir, you should absolutely swing by The End, an exquisitely eclectic boutique in Yucca Valley.

Here you’ll be able to stock up on all of your desert-inspired wearables. The shop carries vintage finds and a selection of small independent designers. Don’t forget to take a look at the psychedelic mural on the shop’s outside wall; it’s highly Instagrammable.

The End boutique has fun vintage finds and Instagram-worthy murals. (The End)
The End boutique has fun vintage finds and Instagram-worthy murals. (The End)

Cabazon Dinosaurs

50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, Calif.

You may recognize these dinosaurs from the silver screen (Hello, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”), but you will can’t get the full effect of these massive plaster beasts until you are standing underneath them. The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a must-see.

If you’re up for it, you can pay the few dollars to see the attraction’s museum of questionable scientific validity. If not, just take a photo and roll on down the highway; it’ll be a shot you’ll be showing your friends for years to come.

Sagewater Spa

12689 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

After a few days of hiking, you’re going to be a little sore. Unwind at the Sagewater Spa, a nationally acclaimed spot that’s the go-to spa in the area. This simple yet modern spa and hotel is centered around an exceptional mineral-water-filled pool, with properties can improve the “stimulation of the immune system and production of endorphins.”

Sagewater Spa centers around a mineral-water pool. (Sagewater Spa)
Sagewater Spa centers around a mineral-water pool. (Sagewater Spa)

An extensive massage menu that includes reflexology, lymphatic massage and signature sagewater fusion will get you absolutely out-of-this-world relaxed. You’ll never want to leave.