Joshua Tree National Park#2 in Best Things To Do in Palm Springs
Joshua Tree National Park is an oasis in the center of the desert. From Hidden Valley (which features a nice, easy hike) to the Cholla Cactus Garden (home to many a photo op at sunset), Joshua Tree caters to a variety of active travelers. Meanwhile, with its perch in the Little San Bernardino Mountains, the Keyes View lookout is another great place for a spectacular view of the Coachella Valley.
Whether you're planning on hiking or just driving through, the park rangers recommend bringing plenty of water – this is the desert, after all. What's more, recent travelers suggested bringing food to enjoy at one of Hidden Valley's picnic tables.
Joshua Tree National Park is open 24 hours a day, but the different nature and visitors centers have different hours of operation. You'll find the park less than 40 miles east of Palm Springs, accessible through the Twentynine Palms entrance. A vehicle permit costs $25 and grants you entrance into the park for seven consecutive days. If you're entering as an individual on foot or bike, the cost for seven-day admittance is $12. On-site facilities include campgrounds, bookstores, restrooms, a cafe and several picnic areas. For more information, visit the Joshua Tree National Park website.
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