The Ultimate Guide To A Weekend In Joshua Tree

Photo: Courtesy of Brad Landsill.
For years, people have escaped to the desert to relax, rejuvenate, and recalibrate. There’s something about the barren, otherworldly landscape that brings a sense of peace and solitude and, at the same time, provides endless opportunities for action and adventure.

No wonder Joshua Tree, a 140-mile drive east of Los Angeles, has attracted so many travelers lately. The area is full of awe-inspiring geological wonders but also offers art, shopping, and good food. If you’re looking for a “scene,” however, there is none — simply a community that’s refreshingly modest about its charms.

Ready to get out of town for the weekend? We’ve rounded up 10 must-sees to check off your list. Whether you want to explore Joshua Tree’s famous natural sights or simply disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find something to do here. Expect sound baths, star-gazing sessions, and the kind of stillness unique to the high desert — it's enough to recharge you until your next visit.