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  • BACK TO NOTHINGNESS, LIKE A WEEK IN THE DESERT.

    bring only what you need. notes for a low-key stay in the high desert - primarily desert hot springs and joshua tree area.

    • Mar 2018
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  • Hope Springs Motel Resort

    1

    Resort

    stayed here many times. very chill. ten cabins, three delightful mineral baths. cabins on either corner are the best. be advised that it's adults only.

  • Nurturing Nest Mineral Springs Retreat And Spa

    2

    Resort

    have stayed here before and would return. a little more raw than hope springs, the rooms are perfunctory, but the service is friendly. the baths are warm!

  • Miracle Manor

    3

    B & B

    our plan C for lodging in the area but not a bad choice for a plan C. a pool. the sun. twilight views. no noise. no phones. no TVs. no frills.

  • Zapopan Mexican Food

    4

    Mexican

    a hole in the wall, with food served on paper plates, but it passes the initial sniff test for decent california mexican. tacos, tortas, burritos and such.

  • Casa Blanca

    5

    Mexican

    can't really endorse it but it will do in a pinch, especially if you are staying in desert hot springs and don't wish to travel far.

  • Gypsyland

    6

    Thrift / Vintage

    superior thrift store with broad inventory. hours needed to go through it all. friendly owners, though a bit wistful and sad. there is a back story to that.

  • Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

    7

    BBQ

    everyone loves an outlaw biker burrito bar with live shows by bands who often perform under pseudonyms! bon iver played here as mouth oil. can get crowded.

  • Pioneertown Motel

    8

    Motel

    only compelling reason to stay here is if you intend to catch a show at pappy & harriet's and have little desire to drive to your lodging in some other town.

  • Sam's Pizza

    9

    Pizza

    forget the pizza, this is about the curry and coconut korma. yes! btw, josh homme's rancho de la luna is located just down the way, at the end of the street.

  • Crossroads Cafe

    10

    Breakfast

    JT's proverbial grand central, though low-key vibe with gratifying comfort food, especially those damn delicious chili cheese fries. very crowded on weekends.

  • Joshua Tree Farmer's Market

    11

    Farmer's Market

    like crossroads café, the farmer's market plays a prominent role in the joshua tree social scene. surprisingly robust selection for such a remote location.

  • Joshua Tree National Park

    12

    National Park

    if you can, camp at least one night inside the park. better yet, hike from the high desert to the low during spring bloom. snow in winter, summer is parched!

  • Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Museum

    13

    Art Gallery

    a sprawling collection of outdoor sculptures constructed from found junked materials, the art here teeters on the verge of dangerous. you won't die, but maybe.

  • La Copine

    14

    French

    essentially an instagram-ready LA hipster café slumming it out in the high desert. stop by if you are on your way to the integratron. not open every day, fyi.

  • Integratron

    15

    Spiritual

    despite my skepticism, i very much enjoyed the experience and was impressed by how the vibrations from the crystals were so thoroughly felt in one's body.

  • Giant Rock

    16

    Other

    this seven-story boulder is a curious sideshow after the integratron. holy to indigenous tribes but a white trash playground for shotgun-wielding motorheads.

Christian Svanes Kolding

Christian Svanes Kolding