Destination guide

The Mojave meets the Colorado in Joshua Tree

A land of sculpted rock formations and gnarled stones, of ancient, wind-blasted boulders and rolling desert scrub that shoots out as far as the eye can see, the Joshua Tree National Park is like an image of the American Wild West. It's formed at the point where the dry Colorado Desert crashes into the tree-studded hinterlands of the Mojave Desert, famed for its spiny, namesake genus of yucca and the carved mountains that pepper its interior. Joshua Tree vacation rentals offer a ticket to this quintessential Californian wilderness, for eye-watering sunsets and wonderful hikes aplenty.

Things to do

Geology and cacti gardens at Joshua Tree

If you're lucky enough to have bagged Joshua Tree vacation rentals that are close to the gateway of the park, then you're just a stone's throw from the wondrous geological formations that make this protected reserve so famous. These range from the spiked tops of the so-called Giant Marbles to the anthropomorphic rises of the Old Woman Rock, with oodles of hoodoos and chiseled canyons in between. And there's also awesome wildlife viewing at Barker Dam, panoramic lookout points atop Keys View, and babbling waters to bathe in at nearby Cottonwood Springs.


Wax down the walking boots in Joshua Tree

With trailheads bearing monikers like the Boy Scout Trail, the 49 Palms Oasis Trail, and the Lost Horse Mine, it's hardly a surprise that hiking is one of the top pursuits in this sun-scorched corner of South Cali. You'll need to bring along the walking boots, and look for Joshua Tree vacation rentals that are close to the entrance of the reserve for good access to those. Rock climbing and wildlife viewing are also uber-popular, with challenging granite edifices to clamber up, and everything from scurrying lizards to bighorn sheep to majestic golden eagles making their home here.


Hot and sunny all year round in Joshua Tree

Being entirely desert climate, the whole area around Joshua Tree is hot for much of the year. However, during the spring and fall, mercury levels aren’t too high, and the light breezes and blooming flower beds all combine to make it all just about perfect for planning long hikes and multi-day treks through the wilderness. Winter is also warm in these parts, and is popular with rock climbers seeking out peaks away from the snow-doused national parks of northern California.

Natural features

Vast hinterlands in Joshua Tree

With the Mojave Desert crashing through one side of the Joshua Tree National Park and the eastern end of the reserve taken over by the cacti-spotted scrublands of the Colorado Desert, there's really no escaping the vast hinterlands of inner California. Famous trekking trails like the Hidden Valley and the 16-mile Boy Scout Trail crisscross the area, weaving and winding past megalith stones and mind-boggling geological creations as they go. And then there's the otherworldly medley of wildlife to see, in the form of golden eagles and blooming Joshua Tree yucca plants – like something from another planet.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Joshua Tree

Fly into Palm Springs, CA (PSP-Palm Springs Intl.), the closest airport, located 26.3 mi (42.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Bermuda Dunes, CA (UDD), which is 28.5 mi (45.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Joshua Tree?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 437 vacation rentals near Joshua Tree. From 307 Houses to 59 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Joshua Tree for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Joshua Tree?

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 Joshua Tree:

  • Joshua Tree Highlands: 25 vacation rentals
  • Monument Manor: 23 vacation rentals
  • Panorama Heights: 22 vacation rentals
  • Sonora Sunrise: 416 vacation rentals
  • Racquet Club Estates: 573 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 Joshua Tree?

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

  • Joshua Tree National Park West Entrance: 285 vacation rentals
  • Joshua Tree Community Center: 536 vacation rentals
  • Hi-Desert Cultural Center: 538 vacation rentals
  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center: 542 vacation rentals
  • 29 Palms Historical Society: 307 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Joshua Tree 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 Joshua Tree?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 307 Houses in Joshua Tree. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Joshua Tree include:

  • Cabins: 59 rentals available
  • Cottages: 59 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 59 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 Joshua Tree?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 81 vacation rentals with pool available in Joshua Tree. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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