Joshua Tree. It’s a symbol of the High Desert, a cultural icon, a state of mind. It’s also the name of the community that welcomes you to Joshua Tree National Park. You’ll know when you arrive here, as the clutter of civilization gives way to our beautiful vistas — yucca, cactus, desert wildflowers, fantastic boulder formations, and of course, our famous Joshua trees.
Joshua Tree is a community of artists, musicians, working families, businesspeople, telecommuters and retirees. Downtown has art galleries, a yoga studio, two outfitters, NY style pizza with a shady courtyard and wi-fi, beautiful gift shops, great burgers and great vegan fare, even home-cooked Indian food. Saturday morning there’s a Certified Farmers Market right in town. A National Park Visitors Center is located right off the main drag, so you can park there and check out the shops before you head to our backyard, Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree is home to Copper Mountain College, offering Associate degrees and certificates in the arts, business, technical and medical fields. Also based here is the Hi-Desert Medical Center, the primary regional provider of health services to more than 68,000 people. Cultural institutions include the Hi-Desert Cultural Center,the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, a world-famous meditation, yoga and conference center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright and the wonderful artistic creations at the Noah Purifoy Foundation.
There are lodgings in Joshua Tree for those on a budget, for the luxury-minded, and for everyone in between. Stay in a historic rock’n’roll motel downtown, or a quiet B-and-B in the hills, or a charming vacation home filled with the work of local artists. Who knows? You may end up a resident, like so many of us who came here first as visitors.
Joshua Tree is easy to get to: just 30 minutes from Palm Springs and within three hours’ drive of Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. Yet we’re very far away. Think other-worldly landscape, starry nights and desert quiet. If you would like additional information, please call or email the Chamber of Commerce. And be sure to drop by if you’re in town! We’re happy to answer all your questions.