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Discover the Mojave Desert

Plan your adventure to 29 Palms, your gateway to Joshua Tree National Park and California’s Mojave Desert.

Just a stone’s throw away from Los Angeles and San Diego, a wilder side of California awaits. Home to the main entrance and headquarters of the world-famous Joshua Tree National Park, and gateway to Mojave Trails National Monument and the Mojave National Preserve, 29 Palms offers unparalleled access to the vast and beautiful wilderness of the Mojave Desert.  

Known for our rugged mountains and desert vistas, pristine sand dunes and unique flora and fauna, breathtaking sunsets and a brilliant night sky, plus world-class murals and public art, 29 Palms is an oasis for artists and nature lovers, a restful and recharging getaway for visitors, and a scenic location for photography and filming. 

Plan a visit to 29 Palms today and discover the fascinating natural wonders and other worldly landscapes of the California desert. Hike to new heights on shifting sand dunes, climb stunning mountain ranges and boulders, and explore iconic Joshua tree forests in Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Trails National Monument, and the Mojave National Preserve.

Trip Ideas & Itineraries
Joshua Tree National Park hiking
Day 1: Explore Joshua Tree National Park 

Discover one of southern California’s most spectacular landscapes, where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet! At nearly 800,000-acres, Joshua Tree National Parkis home to some of the most fascinating geology found in the California deserts; rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Much of the park exists within an overlap of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, creating a unique transition zone where you’ll find rich biodiversity, and a diverse range of plants and animals from each desert ecosystem.

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Oasis of Murals 29 Palms
Day 2: Discover an Oasis of Murals in downtown 29 Palms

Spend the day outdoors enjoying a self-guided tour of historic murals, public art installations, and hidden gems. Every city has its own unique story and history, just waiting to be discovered. In 29 Palms, we celebrate our heritage by way of a spectacular outdoor art gallery, made up of 23 historic murals and nearly 40 public art installations. With a rich tradition of art, and long known as a mecca for artists, it’s no wonder our city chose such a colorful and engaging way to honor its history! 

 

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Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark
Day 3: Road Trip from 29 Palms to Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark in the Mojave Trails National Monument

Spanning an incredible 1.6-million acres, Mojave Trails National Monument borders Joshua Tree National Park to the south, and Mojave National Preserve to the north, and offers incredible outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors to discover beautifully rugged mountain ranges, pristine sand dunes and ancient lava flows, historic Native American trading routes and incredible WWII history, plus a chance to drive the longest undeveloped stretches of the iconic Route 66!

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Shop and Dine in 29 Palms
Day 4: Shop and Dine in 29 Palms

Explore our local culture and flavors at our restaurants, shops, and brand-new bakery! 29 Palms offers an exciting culinary adventure for all tastes and ages, ranging from classic American and authentic Mexican, to a variety of Asian cuisines, Caribbean fusion, and a fabulous new bakery. 

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Kelso Sand Dunes in Mojave National Preserve
Day 5: Road Trip from 29 Palms to the Mojave National Preserve to explore the Kelso Sand Dunes

Located in the heart of California’s Mojave Desert, the Mojave National Preserve offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to discover the magic and solitude of the desert, with its signing sand dunes, cinder cone volcanoes, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of spring wildflowers. Discover old mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts, and an incredible diversity of desert flora and fauna.

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