Key’s Desert Queen Ranch Tour in Joshua Tree National Park

Located in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park, Key’s Ranch (AKA Desert Queen Ranch) is an incredibly well-maintained homestead only accessible via a 90 minute guided tour. It’s one of those spots that I didn’t even know existed in the park and something that I highly recommend you visit if you get the chance. […]

Cholla Cactus Gardens in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Trees are of course the main draw for Joshua Tree National Park, but one of the most impressive areas, botany-wise, is the Cholla Cactus Garden. The few acres of land here have grown countless Cholla cactus and they dot the landscape as you look out towards the hills. It’s a great short hike in […]

Mastodon Peak in Joshua Tree National Park

Mastodon Peak is a great hike if you are coming from the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. This is the most likely entrance you would use if you are staying in the Coachella Valley and want to visit the park. The hike is 3 miles round trip, and it takes you to the […]

Geology Tour Road: Joshua Tree’s Easiest 4×4 Road

Geology Tour Road is an 18-mile drive in Joshua Tree National Park that has sections only accessible to 4×4 cars. It is a fun place to drive that shows you what the park would have looked like back in the day and while there isn’t a ton to see here, it is a good intro […]

Joshua Tree National Park Guide: Hikes, Mines, Arches & Views

Located only 2.5 hours from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is the most accessible national park in Southern California. While it lacks the amazing vistas Yosemite and the massive trees of Sequoia, Joshua Tree’s stark landscape is something you need to get out of the car and explore to really appreciate. I always love […]

Silver Bell Mine in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park doesn’t do a great job of letting you know where things are, I literally stumbled on this mine. This does add to the sense of adventure in the park though, as you are driving through the main road and it will say exhibit ahead letting you know something is coming up. […]

Wall Street Mill: Mine & Abandoned Cars in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is full of mines from a century of settlers looking to get rich. While Wall Street Mill is just one of the many, it is one of my favorites in the park. This gold ore crushing mill was one of the last remaining mills in the park, with operations up until the mid […]

Keys View: Joshua Tree’s Best Vista

This drive up, wheelchair accessible trail, is the perfect way to take in the beauty of the California desert with very little effort. At only about 20 minutes drive from the North West entrance of the park, Keys View is the perfect place to watch a sunrise or sunset in the National Park. The view-point […]

Lost Horse Mine: Joshua Tree’s Best Preserved Stamp Mill

Joshua Tree is a unique park, many of the things you can explore in the park are not even included on the map. This makes every visit the park a different experience. A few crucial spots are on the map though like Barker Dam and the Lost Horse Mine. The Lost Horse Mine itself is one of the […]