La Quinta is home to dozens of beautiful hiking and biking trails, and is only a short drive away from the national treasure that is Joshua Tree National Park. Since 1936, park visitors have enjoyed Joshua Tree’s sights and sounds, and have dedicated themselves to preserving its desert beauty and historical significance. Joshua Tree is a must-visit for any outdoor enthusiast, but it’s not all about hiking, biking, and rock-scaling – you’ll find plenty of attractions for any interest at this national landmark.
On Foot, on Wheel, on Hoof
The trails of Joshua Tree National Park are doubtless the park’s main attraction; however, you’ll find a little something for every interest. Hikers can experience birdwatching and nature trails, while those looking for a more thrilling jaunt can speed down the mountain biking trails or challenge the climbing routes. Horse-owners can even experience certain trails on horseback – there’s nothing quite like sharing a national park’s beauty with your equine pal.
See the Dazzling Skies
Any La Quinta resident will be able to tell you that the desert’s skies at night are truly a sight to behold. At Joshua Tree National Park, you can see the night skies in their full dazzling beauty: unspoiled by any artificial lights. Astronomy enthusiasts can even rent out telescopes or sign up for star tours led by experts – there’s nothing quite like seeing the Milky Way twinkling overhead with a pro telescope.
Learn About Local History
If you need a bit of downtime after all that excitement on the trails, check out the park’s museum to experience its vast collection of local historical artifacts. Learn about everything from the area’s very first residents thousands of years in the past, to the local Native American cultures, up until the homesteaders and gold rush prospectors. Joshua Park has over 8,000 years of cultural significance that you can experience with your own eyes.
Spots to Snag a Bite to Eat
Joshua Tree has dedicated picnicking areas for anyone looking to have a leisurely meal while enjoying the beauty of the park. However, if you’re not up to lugging your picnic baskets up the trails, the town of Joshua Tree has delicious options to help you refuel. Get up bright and early and head over to The Natural Sisters Café for a vegetarian breakfast and brunch menu that will tempt even the most dedicated carnivore, and try the lunch fare at the Crossroads Café for fresh, hearty food to keep your day going strong. Round it off with a round of drinks and dinner at the classic local treasure Joshua Tree Saloon, and cool off after a hot day in the desert sun. While the park’s picnicking spots shouldn’t be missed, these locally-owned restaurants will help you drink in the town’s culture.
With a national treasure like Joshua Tree in La Quinta’s backyard, you owe it to yourself to experience what the park has to offer. From trails, to climbs, to museums and picnicking spots, you’ll find something to suit any mood – and to make your trip a rewarding one. Don’t miss out!