Arch Rock Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

One of my favorite places in all of Joshua Tree National Park is the White Tank Campground. This collection of 11 campsites are private and awesome, plus they lead to a wonderland of rocks which includes the popular arch rock. This short trail will take you the arch and if you have time you can […]

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 […]

Desert View Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness from Palm Springs Tram

The Desert View Trail leaves from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Station and goes out on an easy 2.5-mile loop. It’s a great trail for the whole family as there is not much elevation gain and there are five notches where you can get different views of the valley below you. Here is all the […]

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Ride from the Cactus to the Clouds

The Palm Springs desert can be a hot place to be in the summer, so being able to take a 15-minute tram ride up over 6,000 feet is a welcome escape. The Palm Springs Ariel Tram, located 10 minutes outside of town, is just that. This engineering marvel has been here for over 50 years, […]

Desert X Art Show in the Coachella Valley: Finding the Mirror House and 11 Other Exhibits

Desert X has officially closed, but the Mirror House is on display for a little longer. You can check if it is still open here. Desert X is one of those expansive art events that is worthy of the journey it takes to visit all of its unique pieces. This show, if you can call […]

Ortega Falls: Hiking to a Waterfall Right Off Highway 74

Ortega Falls is a seasonal waterfall off Highway 74 in Lake Elsinore that is only flowing when we get a good rain. During the rest of the year, it is a popular rock climbing area that people from all over Orange County make their way out to explore. The hike is a short less than quarter […]

TKB Bakery & Deli: Cochella Valley’s Best Sandwich Spot

It is always funny to me to find a highly rated spot like this out in the middle of the California desert. TKB Bakery & Deli has been on the Yelp top 100 list for two years now, in 2015 it even ranked in the top ten, and that is high praise for a glorified […]