Destination guide

Yucca Valley: A bountiful oasis in the California desert

If you’ve never been to the desert, you’re missing out on one of nature’s coolest playgrounds. Near the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, Yucca Valley sports hot days, cool nights and seemingly endless desert stargazing. And those funky, other-worldly Joshua Trees, of course. There’s adventure abound including first-rate rock climbing, off-roading and mountain biking, all where you can experience nature up-close-and-personal. Check out museums, play golf, or sit back and relax with a glass of that world-renowned California wine. It’s no wonder Yucca Valley vacation rentals are so popular. Plus maybe you'll even hear a tortoise.

Things to do

Hot days & clear nights = endless vacation possibilities

To make the most of your stay, stop by the California Welcome Center where you’ll find not only maps, but also advice on what to see and do in world-famous Joshua Tree National Park and the nearby San Bernardino Mountains. Yucca Valley is home to a range of public art, as well as the unique statues found in Desert Christ Park. Discover the area’s history and rich cultural heritage at Hi-Desert Nature Museum. Check out the old west movie set in nearby Pioneertown, then wine down your day, oops, wind down your day with some delicious California wine tasting.

Activities

Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus

Start your day by checking out the antique shops and art galleries in Old Town, then head over to the weekend-only Sky Village Market Place for some bargains, and of course, to see the giant chicken statue. Who knew? For the more adventurous, there’s off-roading in Johnson Valley, mountain biking and challenging world-class rock climbing, along with horseback riding and hiking along seemingly endless desert trails. Yee-haw! Play a round of golf, join in on the annual Grubstakes Day fun, or attend the Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival. And desert stargazing. Don't forget the incredible stargazing.

Weather

Yucca Valley forecast: Clear nights & sunny skies. Always.

Boasting a desert climate with over 320 days of sunshine annually, it's no wonder Yucca Valley vacation rentals are so popular. This diverse area reaches temperatures in the high 90s or low 100s during the dry summers, and then dips down to a frigid 34°F in the winter months with regular snowfall. So don't forget to bring your sunblock or your parka! Nights tend to be clear so you can enjoy gazing at those unimpeded desert skies year round. You'll typically find lower prices when booking Yucca Valley vacation rentals in the spring and fall, when temperatures are most pleasant.

Natural features

Feel the earth shake, see Joshua trees. Hear turtles?

With a population of 22,000 residents, Yucca Valley is a desert town, and as you leave along the main road its spread-out center soon gives way to sandy emptiness. Nature lovers can enjoy wildlife, wild flowers, cacti and bird watching, plus the merging of 2 desert ecosystems at Joshua Tree National Park where you’ll see those iconic, quirky-looking Joshua trees. Or maybe you’ll hear a desert tortoise crunching its way underground, where they spend nearly 95% of their time.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Yucca Valley

Fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), the closest airport, located 21.2 mi (34.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), which is 27.4 mi (44.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Yucca Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 335 vacation rentals near Yucca Valley. From 241 Houses to 43 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Yucca Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Yucca Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Yucca Valley:

  • Sonora Sunrise: 421 vacation rentals
  • Racquet Club Estates: 565 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Palm Springs: 611 vacation rentals
  • Twin Palms: 720 vacation rentals
  • Vista Las Palmas: 748 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Yucca Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Yucca Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yucca Valley Community Park: 514 vacation rentals
  • California Welcome Center: 607 vacation rentals
  • Hi-Desert Nature Museum: 486 vacation rentals
  • Mission Lakes Country Club: 4,554 vacation rentals
  • World's Biggest Dinosaurs-Cabazon Dinosaurs: 2,845 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Yucca Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Yucca Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 241 Houses in Yucca Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Yucca Valley include:

  • Bungalows: 43 rentals available
  • Cabins: 43 rentals available
  • Cottages: 43 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Yucca Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 44 vacation rentals with pool available in Yucca Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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