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Popular amenities for Joshua Tree vacation rentals

Stay near Joshua Tree's top sights

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center418 locals recommend
Joshua Tree Saloon909 locals recommend
Crossroads Cafe688 locals recommend
Pie for the People!486 locals recommend
World Famous Crochet Museum168 locals recommend
Natural Sisters Cafe661 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Joshua Tree

  • Total rentals

    660 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    460 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    210 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    420 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    550 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    81K reviews

Your guide to Joshua Tree

Welcome to Joshua Tree

The community of Joshua Tree rises out of the Mojave Desert in stark contrast to Palm Springs, the nearby city known for mid-century estates and plentiful swimming pools. Joshua Tree residents have instead embraced a rugged, cheerfully weird vision of the West. Iconoclasts, artists, musicians, and outdoorsy types have all carved out a place for themselves in this arid landscape, where an abbreviated downtown is home to shops selling vintage wares, handicrafts, crystals, and herbs. Many use the town as a base for exploring nearby Joshua Tree National Park, whose nearly 800,000 acres lure hikers, rock-climbers, and stargazers with an magical landscape marked by vast plains, mountains, rock formations, cacti, and the unusual trees for which this place is named.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Joshua Tree

Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit Joshua Tree, when temperatures are mild and hospitable to hiking and other outdoor activities. (Be sure to pack layers for these seasons, as temperatures can drop dramatically when the sun goes down.) In March and April, dazzlingly colored wildflowers bloom in the national park. During the summer, temperatures can soar into the hundreds Fahrenheit; in the winter the days are cool and the nights are freezing, with snow at higher elevations. In May and October the town hosts the Joshua Tree Music Festival, which features up-and-coming artists, many of whom have gone on to major careers.

Top things to do in Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park

This park is named for the goofy-looking Joshua tree, which can grow to 40 feet high and sprouts a multitude of wiggly branches topped with unruly crowns of spiky leaves. This sprawling scenic wonderland has lots of activities to offer, including scenic hikes, rock climbing, birdwatching, and horseback riding. Thanks to a dearth of artificial light, it’s also an ideal place for stargazing, and depending on the time of year, you can see the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, and, in August, the Perseid meteor shower.


Have you even visited the desert if you haven’t tapped into an otherworldly energy vortex? The creator of the Integratron, a circa-1954 wooden dome that looks like a grounded spaceship, claimed the design was based in part on telepathic communications from space aliens and centered his portal on a powerful geomagnetic vortex. Regardless of whether you believe in the original intention behind the Integratron, you can’t deny the dome is wildly conducive to beautiful, clear acoustics. Those perfect acoustics draw hundreds of visitors weekly for restorative sound baths performed live on 20 quartz crystal singing bowls.

World Famous Crochet Museum

Located in Joshua Tree’s teensy downtown, the World Famous Crochet Museum is installed inside a slime-green former photo-processing booth. Its walls are jammed floor to ceiling with crochet critters and objects that the museum’s creator has collected over the years, including yarn cakes, poodles, and alligators. Drink in the absurdity, then snag a souvenir from her adjacent studio, where she sells artworks and T-shirts screenprinted with her original designs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Joshua Tree?

    The weather in Joshua Tree features hot summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures often exceed 100°F (38°C), while in winter, they can drop to as low as 35°F (2°C). The area is known for its clear skies and low humidity.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Joshua Tree?

    Popular activities in Joshua Tree include hiking in the national park, viewing the unique Joshua Trees, exploring Keys View for panoramic desert views, and admiring the night sky at the local observatory.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Joshua Tree?

    The spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are the most popular times to visit Joshua Tree due to the pleasant weather. The annual Joshua Tree Music Festival in October is a local highlight.

  • What are the best places to stay in Joshua Tree?

    In Joshua Tree, the village area has a central location with easy access to the national park, while the Monument Manor neighborhood provides a more secluded environment. North Joshua Tree is popular for its closeness to local shops and restaurants.

  • What are the best places to visit in Joshua Tree?

    In Joshua Tree, popular places to visit include the Joshua Tree National Park, the Cholla Cactus Garden, Keys View, and the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. The area is also known for its unique rock formations and rich wildlife.

  • What are some hiking trails in Joshua Tree?

    Joshua Tree hosts a variety of hiking trails. Some popular ones include the Ryan Mountain Trail, Barker Dam Nature Trail, and Hidden Valley Trail. All of these trails offer opportunities to explore the desert flora and fauna.

  • What are some family activities to do in Joshua Tree?

    Joshua Tree has many family-friendly activities. You can explore the Joshua Tree National Park, go on guided naturalist tours, or take part in junior ranger programs. Stargazing under the clear desert sky is also a memorable experience.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Joshua Tree?

    Popular day trip ideas from Joshua Tree include visiting the Salton Sea, exploring the geological wonders at the Mojave National Preserve, or taking a drive to Palm Springs for some urban exploration.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Joshua Tree?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 460 vacation rentals in Joshua Tree featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Joshua Tree?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Joshua Tree. Choose from more than 420 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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