What’s Open…What’s Closed in Twentynine Palms

Currently Open!

Joshua Tree National Park What's Open in Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms is the proud of home to Joshua Tree National Park headquarters and north entrance, and the parks Oasis Visitor Center. All entrances, roads and trails in Joshua Tree National Park are open, however ranger programs have been postponed at this time. The popular Hidden Valley and Barker Dam nature loops have been designated one-way, and the park asks that when you encounter another hiker to please step off the trail to let them pass at a safe distance. Always plan ahead, and be sure to check the park’s website for current alerts and conditions.  Please visit the park with members of your household only, avoid crowded areas, and practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and anyone outside of your household. Bring hand sanitizer, a mask, and other items to stay clean and safe, and remember there are no hand sanitizing stations within the park and most of the restroom facilities do not have running water.

Hotels, vacation rentals, RV and camping
The City of Twentynine Palms offers the hi-desert’s largest variety of lodging, so whether you’re looking for a national brand hotel, historic inns or motels, short-term vacation rentals, or an RV resort, you’ll find it all here, and all within minutes of the north entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. With the health and safety of both guests and staff a top priority, you’ll find an abundance of new safety measures and protocols in place at our lodging facilities across the city, and we encourage you call the property for the full details.

Restaurants offering take-out, drive-through or delivery
While indoor dining is restricted at this time, there are lots of great restaurants in Twentynine Palms that are open and offering takeout, drive-through, and delivery service. From classic American BBQ and authentic Mexican, to delicious Caribbean and Thai, to a newly opened bakery, you’ll find lots of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Weekly Farmers Market
Shop fresh, locally grown produce at the 29 Palms outdoor farmers market, every Saturday from 5 – 9 PM at Bucklin Park, located at the corner of Hwy 62 and Desert Queen Ave. In addition to all the fresh, seasonal produce, you’ll local honey, dates, salsas, spreads, and spices, plus food great vendors and local artists and makers selling a fun variety of arts and crafts and jewelry. While this weekly market takes place outdoors, please remember your face covering and maintain a safe social distance from other shoppers.

Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center
The campus at Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center remains open, however at this time there are no docents or organized programs. Individuals and families can enjoy the nature and wilderness trails on campus, explore the Orrery and meditation garden, and find QR codes posted around the campus that provide text and audio information. Please be respectful to the natural environment while visiting the campus by staying on the trails, keeping a safe distance from wildlife, and ensuring all trash gets packed out. Also be aware that there is no running water or access to bathrooms, and that overnight camping is not allowed.

29 Palms Astronomy Club
For those looking to explore the fascinating night sky while visiting the area, the 29 Palms Astronomy Club offers wonderful private stargazing and astronomy experiences and will bring the telescope to you – whether you’re staying at one of our hotels or vacation rentals, or camped out in the national park. They also offer night sky astrophotography lessons, and telescope repair and diagnostics!

Luckie Park & Community Pool
Enjoy some fresh air and time outside at Luckie Park which is open for walking, biking, and small gatherings from single households. Please note that the basketball courts and children’s playground equipment remain closed. The Luckie Park pool is now open seven days a week, from 1 – 5 PM, with new safety measures in place. Face coverings or masks must be worn while outside of the pool, and social distancing will be required. Children ages eight years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Patrons will need to bring their own lounge chairs and life vests. Cash is the only accepted method for payment. Admission is $3.00 per person and $1.50 for adults age 55 and up. For more information, call the Parks & Rec Department at (760) 367-7562.

Knott’s Sky Park & Dog Park
Enjoy a walk or bike ride around Knott’s Sky Park and enjoy the scenic views looking south to the mountains of Joshua Tree National Park. Located at 6895 El Sol and the Twentynine Palms Highway, Knott’s Sky Park also includes an enclosed dog park where you dog can enjoy some fun outdoor playtime in a safe environment. Please remember to maintain social distancing, gather with only those from your household, and carry a face covering or mask with you. Children’s playground equipment remains closed at this time.

Currently Closed

The following list outlines types of businesses that are restricted and closed at this time, based on the current guidance from the State Health Department, including the additional orders issued on July 14 relating to indoor business operations:

• Art galleries and museums
• Bars
• Family entertainment center
• Fitness centers and gym
• Hair salons and barber shops
• Indoor dining at restaurants
• Offices of non-essential sectors
• Personal care services
• Places of worship
• Playground equipment at community parks

Guidance on traveling safely and responsibly this summer

Traveling to the City of Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park will look a little different this summer, and will require taking more time to plan. While our hospitality businesses are eager to welcome you back, we kindly ask that you be conscientious of your impact on our small desert community when visiting. To help you do so, Visit 29 Palms has put together a list of 10 tips to travel safely and responsibly this summer.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Industry Guidance from the California Department of Public Health  

Listed below are industry-specific guidelines, established by the California Department of Public Health to ensure that businesses across all sectors have the necessary safety measures and protocols in place to create a safer, low-risk environment for staff and customers:

Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation
Family Entertainment Centers
Gyms and Fitness Centers
Hair Salons and Barber Shops
Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Vacation Rentals
Office Workspaces
Personal Care Services
Restaurants – Takeout, Drive-Through and Delivery
Restaurants and Bars
Tribal Casinos
Zoos and Museums

San Bernardino County COVID-Compliant Business Partner Program

To support small, local businesses and to help ensure ongoing compliance with orders and direction from the California Department of Public Health and the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County has created a COVID Compliant Business Partner Program that offers partnership and support, and funding of up to $2,500 to reimburse or offset costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols. We encourage all of our local businesses to enroll in the program and encourage our visitors to look for the COVID-Compliant certificates in store front windows across our city!