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 four art galleries, a yoga studio, two outfitters, a bakery with a shady courtyard for
coffee and wi-fi, beautiful gift shops, great burgers and great vegan fare, even a pizza parlor that dishes up
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, home of the Kaye Ballard Playhouse, and the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, a world-famous
meditation, yoga and conference center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright.
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. With our other-worldly landscape, starry
nights and desert quiet, we call our neighborhood Planet Joshua Tree ... Like Earth, Only Better. 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.