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  • Sunset at Mojave Desert in Twentynine Palms, CA

It’s the best time of the year to hike!

From scenic natural trails and loops, to longer more challenging hikes, Joshua Tree National Park offers some of southern California’s most beautiful hiking trails.The fall is the best time of year to take on these more challenging hikes such as 49 Palms Oasis, a moderate 3-mile round trip trail that takes you down into one of the five fan palm oases found in the park.

Bordering Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, the newly designated Mojave Trails National Monument offers endless adventure for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Start your adventure at Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark where a moderate 3-mile round trip hike up and into the volcanic cinder cone will reward you with stunning views of the surrounding Mojave desert, and as a bonus, you’ll get to drive a stretch of the iconic Route 66 getting there!

From Amboy Crater, continue north on Amboy Road to Kelbaker Road in the Mojave National Preserve where you can hike the stunning Kelso Sand Dunes. Rising almost 700-feet high, the 2.7-mile round trip hike to the top of the sand dunes will certainly be a good workout and might just be one of the most beautiful places in the California desert to watch the sunset!


There’s a great lineup of festivals & events!

Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours October 5-6, 12-12, 19-20
Now in its 18th year, and having just extended to three weekends, the annual Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours is California’s second largest open studio art tours event! With more than 120 studio locations and more than 200 participating artists this year,

Joshua Tree Music Festival October 10-13
In addition to an always incredible lineup of musicians, the Joshua Tree Music Festival offers variety of multidisciplinary workshops, such as yoga and movement, visual arts, music, and myth, and with a robust schedule of Kidsville activities, this is one of the top family-friendly festivals in the country! 

Climb Smart
October 18-20
Hosted by Friends of Joshua Tree, this annual festival brings together the largest gathering of rock climbers in Joshua Tree to kick off the climbing season! This three-day event offers fantastic clinics and workshops with some of the best certified and accredited guide organizations, giving experienced climbers a great chance to refine their skills, and first-time climbers the chance to get into the sport.  

We have lots of fun and quirky attractions to discover!

Beyond spending your time outdoors exploring the national park, or weekend attending festivals and events, fall is great time of year to explore the unique and quirky attractions in the City of 29 Palms!

How about a movie at Smith’s Ranch Drive-In, one California’s last remaining drive-in movie theaters?

Love live theater? How about a play at Theatre 29? This award-winning, premiere venue for year-round live community theatre offers a fantastic lineup of plays and comedies.

Ever thrown an axe? Trust us, once do it once you’ll be hooked! Discover your competitive side at The Boardroom, the high deserts first and only axe throwing venue.  





Discover vibrant art galleries and outdoor murals, fascinating lecture series and cultural programs, plus art and music festivals – all happening this spring in 29 Palms!

Visit 29 Palms for Shakti Fest May 2019

Shakti Fest
May 9 – 13, 2019.
Shakti Fest is a 4-day festival hosted in celebration of the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation, and places a special emphasis on the Divine Feminine. This bi-annual, drug and alcohol-free festival features an incredible line-up of world renown spiritual teachers, sacred music, premiere yoga classes, and conscious workshops, all set in the beautiful high desert.

Visit 29 Palms - Joshua Tree Music Festival - Photo by Black Owl Media

Joshua Tree Music Festival
May 16 – 19, 2019.
Experience 4 days and nights of phenomenal live music, inspiring art, yoga, and workshops, in a family-friendly environment that promotes passionate creativity, community empowerment, and arts education for all ages at the bi-annual Joshua Tree Music Festival. This family inclusive global music experience in the magical Mojave desert was founded in 2003 with a mission to foster social interaction on a deep level, creating positive life-changing moments, and takes places every May and October.

Bobby Jo Jackson The Revival Sky's The Limit 29 Palms

Full Moon Cultural Series
Bobby Jo Jackson: The Revival
May 18, 2019.
Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center
New this year, Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is offering a Full Moon Cultural Series, exploring how diverse cultures understand the significance of the desert, earth, and sky. These special gatherings take place on full moon Saturdays under the bright desert moon. Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center is pleased to present its next Full Moon Cultural program with Bobby Jo Jackson: The Revival, on Saturday, May 18.

Visit 29 Palms - Old Schoolhouse Museum - Mining History -

Step back in time at the Old Schoolhouse Museum
Explore the rich history of our city at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, hosted by the 29 Palms Historical Society. Tour the museum’s collection and learn about this history of the Serrano and Chemehuevi Native America tribes, the miners, ranchers, and cattlemen, to the pioneering homesteaders who played instrumental roles in developing this community, as well as the establishment of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms.

The Old Schoolhouse Museum also hosts the Second Friday Lecture Series, presented by the Desert Institute through the Joshua Tree National Park Association.

Art Cruise 29 - 1st Saturdays every month in 29 Palms

Art Cruise 29!
Explore 5 vibrant art galleries and 5 unique exhibitions showcasing the best from high desert artists, with gallery doors open from mid-morning to after sunset, every 1st Saturday in 29 Palms. From outdoor murals and sculptures, to painting, photography, and mixed media, to opening night receptions, each participating venue offers its own unique experience for art lovers!

Plus don’t miss out on some fantastic art workshops and classes at the
29 Palms Art Gallery:

May 16: Life Drawing
May 17/17: Naked Raku Pottery, Part 1
May 25: Naked Raku Pottery, Part 2 
May 30: Life Drawing


Plan your stay in 29 Palms
Choose from the largest variety of lodging options in the area, from national hotels to historic inns and motels, and a great collection of vacation home rentals!

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Your health and safety is the top priority for our hospitality businesses. In accordance with State/County guidelines we kindly remind you to wear your face mask/covering, practice healthy hand-washing, maintain a safe social distance, and postpone travel if you are sick.

Together, our everyday actions can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.