Joshua Tree and Pioneertown Motel

Our winter road trip is complete. Starting end of November we journeyed from Portland down the coast to Los Angeles and then to Joshua Tree before heading east to Vegas, Zion, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, + more. Joshua Tree has been on my list since we got married last year in Palm Springs. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It’s one magical place — especially if you appreciate the landscape and the great outdoors. It really is an inspiring place.

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We arrived just before sunset and decided to camp our first night in Joshua Tree at White Tank among the giant rocks. The stars are insane here. The sky was clear and although it was SUPER windy, the rocks provided good protection from the breeze. The next morning, we kicked things off with a hike with the dogs to Arch Rock. It is a really short hike but super fun to climb and explore the big jumbo rocks. I would love to come back when we have more time and boulder. We also drove and then hiked to Skull Rock, the Lost Palm Oasis and the Cholla Cactus Garden. There are lots of really awesome things to see and do just right off the main road through the park. I also recommend Keys View and Inspiration Peak for summit views of the valley. We were in a hurry to see Salvation Mountain, so we skipped hiking Hidden Valley Loop, which is one I’d like to do next time we go back. Same goes for Monarch Hot Springs. All really awesome things to explore in Joshua Tree.

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Next, we continued our desert adventure and headed into the mountains to stay at Pioneertown Motel. This recently renovated inn has just 20 rooms — all super rustic and western. It really embodies the spirit of the west with some serious history to back it up. Established in 1946, by Roy Rogers & named after the Sons of the Pioneers, the Pioneertown Motel boasts a one-of-a-kind Hollywood history. Beyond the movies, the neighboring restaurant Pappy & Harriet’s has hosted unfathomable musical acts, such as Robert Plant & Paul McCartney.





Much of the town still remains; including its false-front facades resembling frontier stables, saloons, and jails; which now house a few shops. We spent the entire next day pretending we were in Westworld and enjoyed a fine meal at Pappy & Harriet’s before heading out to Vegas. Pioneertown is worth visiting — it should not be passed up when visiting Yucca Valley.


This post was sponsored by Pioneertown Motel. To book a room, click here. 


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