La Copine is a chic restaurant out in the middle of the high desert near Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a one-of-a-kind gem in a city with few culinary options. An east coast couple bought this old diner in the middle of nowhere to rehab it into a restaurant that is certain to draw crowds despite it’s remote location and odd hours.
La Copine has a desert hipster appeal with its whimsical mural art, vintage piano, woven tapestries, and the old shiny airstream outside that houses pop-up shops. The food is an eclectic blend, from fried chicken to a duck-chicken mousse. Try the turmeric latte, it has a really deliciously unique flavor.
Make sure you add this restaurant to your Joshua Tree trip bucket list, it’s worth a visit.
Tip: Plan accordingly, it’s only open Thurs - Sunday 2pm - 7pm
848 Old Woman Springs Rd, Yucca Valley
This is the perfect blend of activities to get a taste of the desert vibe. A little relaxation, some hiking, great food and sight-seeing.
Landers is a city not many people have heard of, but it’s Joshua Tree’s neighbor of the north. Here are 5 fun things to do in this little town that’s only a 20min drive from Joshua Tree National Park entrance.
Key's View is the best drive-up vista in Joshua Tree National Park. From the top you can see the Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault.
Just two hours from Los Angeles, there is little desert town near Joshua Tree that looks frozen in the 19th century. Pioneertown, a western movie set, was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
This is quite literally a giant rock in the desert. According to most sources it's the largest freestanding boulder in the world at about 7 stories high.
Integratron is a quirky and cute destination near Joshua Tree National Park in Landers, California. It's said to be situated on a powerful vortex of energy. Book a rejuvenating sound bath (meditation) far in advance, and hang out on the site at Hammock Village.
A 3-day journey backpacking through Joshua Tree National Park with Shoestring Adventures. We started at Indian Cove, and took well marked trails to Big Pine, then Willow Hole trail.
Desert Christ Park is a museum of sculptures located on the hillside of Yucca Valley. There are more than 40 large white biblical statues here sculpted by Frank Antone Martin.
Ryan Mountain is a well marked trail inside Joshua Tree National Park. This is my favorite hike in Joshua Tree because of the expansive top-down view of the park from the 5,457 foot peak.
For the last 15 years of his life, Noah created ten acres full of art installations in the desert. Everything is constructed from junked objects and materials.