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A Perfect Weekend in Joshua Tree

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The rocky and sand colored landscape n on a weekend in Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park

Ready for a perfect weekend in Joshua Tree? California has so much to explore, and I can’t believe it’s taken me 31 years to finally make my way to Joshua Tree even as a California native!

When my friend (a New Yorker btw…) threw out Joshua Tree as a destination to celebrate her 30th birthday with some girlfriends the answer was immediately YES. 

When I think of Joshua Tree, I think of cacti, cool AirBnbs, hiking, and boho vibes… that’s exactly what it was. 

If you’re wondering how many days you need in Joshua Tree, a weekend in Joshua Tree is all you need to enjoy the scenery and have an awesome time if you’re not super into the camping/national park exploring vibes. Below you’ll find my top 6 things to do in Joshua Tree.

Find a cool Joshua Tree Airbnb:

Where you stay on a weekend trip to Joshua Tree can make or break your experience, you absolutely need a cool/fun house. We stayed at House of Kuna in Yucca Valley which is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a cool Airbnb in Joshua Tree.

This place has it all… bocce ball, yoga room, fire pit, hot tub/pool, you name it! So much of the weekend is spent hanging out with your favorite people in a fun house, so bring some games and get ready to enjoy!

Hike in at the Joshua Tree National Park:

Joshua Tree is after all a national park, and it’s gorgeous desert vibes. There are a zillion hiking options so it’s not easy to choose. The West Side Loop trail was perfect for our group and ideal if you’re looking for easy hikes in Joshua Tree.

It was a moderate 4.5-mile hike (yes, hike- it did include inclines) that took about 2 hours. The best part about it was you park outside of the park and then the trail takes you in, so you don’t have to pay the Joshua Tree entry fee and we avoided any potential crowds. 

A dry landscape with multiple Joshua Trees dotted around the area in Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park

Take pictures at the Cholla Cactus Garden:

Probably one of the most Instagramable parts of Joshua Tree is the Cholla Cactus Garden. You DO have to enter the park and pay the Joshua Tree entry fee, then walk a quarter of a mile to get to it. BUT, it’s so worth it if you want to experience the adorable cacti and get a sick pic. 

Address to trailhead: Pinto Basin Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277

Lunch at La Copine:

There aren’t a TON of Joshua Tree restaurant options in Yucca Valley, but man oh man was this one awesome! La Copine perfectly embodies desert-chic vibes and is perfect for a post-hike lunch (or even dinner). Not only was it a vibe, but the food was also AMAZING.

The wait can be long if you don’t have a reservation, but they allow you to get drinks while you wait and have a cute little gift-shop trailer you can check out while you wait too. 

Our group ordered a ton off the menu, some of the most popular being the artichoke toast, ricotta gnocchi, the papas and haricot verts, and the key lime panna cotta. 10/10 would recommend it. Want more restaurant options for food in Joshua Tree? Check out Eater LA.

Address: 848 Old Woman Springs Road Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Morning Coffee and Breakfast at Frontier Cafe:

Transport yourself to a cute Western cafe for coffee or breakfast. Frontier Cafe is a poppin’ spot with a cozy atmosphere and a ton of yummy options for everyone to indulge in. 

Address: 55844 Twentynine Palms Highway

Shop at Acme 5:

Across the street from Frontier Cafe, there are a ton of interesting stores (some antique, some not). The one that caught my eye was Acme 5, a “lifestyle” store that had everything from furniture to decor from curated artisans. It’s worth checking out if you are looking for home decor inspo.

Address: 55870 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

And there you have it, my favorite things for a perfect weekend in Joshua Tree. Want to see more? Watch my reel here!

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