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

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Explore Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms California
Joshua Tree National Park 
Twentynine Palms is the proud of home to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters, Oasis Visitor Center, and north park entrance on Utah Trail. Currently all park entrances, roads, and trails are open. The park’s Visitor Centers are open, however the museum and exhibit portions are temporarily closed. Always plan ahead, and be sure to check the park’s website for current alerts and conditions. The popular Hidden Valley and Barker Dam nature trail loops have been designated one-way, and visitors will see signage throughout the park asking that when you encounter another hiker to please step aside to let them pass at a safe distance.

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park in the summertime does require additional planning and we cannot emphasize enough the importance of carrying enough water and picking your hiking trail wisely. Whenever possible, avoid visiting the park alone and always share your travel itinerary and estimated time of return with friends or family. Don’t forget to pack your mask and hand sanitizer, keeping in mind most restroom facilitates do not have running water.

 

Twentynine Palms Joshua Tree National Park LodgingLodging

Hotels, Motels, RV Resort, and Vacation Rentals
Boasting the areas largest variety of lodging, Twentynine Palms offers everything from national brand hotels, historic inns and motels, short-term vacation rentals, and an RV resort, offering something for every type of traveler, 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. To learn more and safety protocols and to know what to expect ahead of check in, we encourage you to contact the hotel/lodging facility directly.

 

Restaurants and Outdoor Farmers Market

Restaurants offering take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining
While indoor dining is restricted at this time, there are lots of great restaurants in Twentynine Palms that have created outdoor dining spaces in addition to 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, open every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 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.

 

Twentynine Palms Art Galleries

Arts & Culture Venues

29 Palms Creative Center & Art Gallery – Art Classes by Appointment
29 Palms Creative Center is a working-studio/gallery environment for professional, amateur, or budding artists to make mosaics, paintings, drawings, monotype prints, fabric art, jewelry, hand-made books, painted ceramics, and more! In addition to offering take-home clay and pottery painting kits, the 29 Palms Creative Center is offering a fun variety of art classes by appointment. From encaustic painting, black light canvas painting, mixed media, clay, and pottery, these classes are sure to fire up your creative side!

29 Palms Art Gallery
Visit our historic adobe art gallery, the oldest arts organization in the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities! Located since 1963 at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms, CA, next to the Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center, the Gallery is owned and operated by the Twentynine Palms Artists’ Guild, an all volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1951-52. In 1963, the Guild purchased the adobe gallery which was originally built in 1936 as a desert home for Western pulp fiction author, Tom Hopkins. Today, the Gallery features monthly art exhibitions, adult and youth art education,  juried exhibitions, artist receptions, and seasonal fund-raising events. Our Gift Shop offers fine Southwestern jewelry, gift items, and other art objects. When visiting Joshua Tree National Park, stop in to see the current exhibition of featured artists and artist guild members.

Old Schoolhouse Museum Gift Shop
While the museum at the Twentynine Palms Old Schoolhouse Museum remains closed, we have some great news – the gift shop has reopened! Discover all kinds of unique gifts and souvenirs, shop a great selection of books about the desert, and feel good knowing that your purchase helps to support our Twentynine Palms Historical Society! The gift shop at the Old Schoolhouse Museum is open Friday through Sunday, from 1 – 4 PM, and is located at 6760 National Park Drive.

 

 

Stargazing in Twentynine PalmsAstronomy & Stargazing

29 Palms Astronomy Club
Be sure to make some time to explore our fascinating night sky while visiting the area, and take advantage of the great services offered by the 29 Palms Astronomy Club! Book a private stargazing experience and discover the incredible dark night sky above you, and the best part – the 29 Palms Astronomy Club will bring the telescope to you, so whether you’re staying at one of our hotels or vacation rentals, or camped out in the national park they’ll come to you and lead you on an unforgettable tour of deep space. You can also take advantage of other services, such as night sky astrophotography lessons, and telescope repair and diagnostics.

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.

 

Self-Guided Tours Twentynine Palms

Self-Guided Tours

Oasis of Murals
As we all look for outdoor activities and experiences that allow us to maintain safe physical distancing, now is a great time to plan a self-guided tour of the city’s Oasis of Murals. Discover the rich history of our vibrant desert community through exploration of our outdoor murals. Located throughout the downtown area, these murals illustrate the colorful history of 29 Palms, telling the stories of the founding pioneers and homesteaders, and celebrating the unique flora and fauna of the beautiful Mojave Desert. Download our Oasis of Murals map and start planning your self-guided tour!

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
Discover a wonderfully eclectic series of outdoor sculptures and art installations at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery, located just a few miles east of downtown Twentynine Palms, at 77575 Twentynine Palms Hwy. While the indoor art gallery is closed during the summer months, visitors are welcome to do self-guided walking tours around the outdoor grounds!

 

Community Parks

Luckie Park & Community Pool
Enjoy some fresh air and time outdoors at Luckie Park, located at the corner of Joe Davis Drive and Utah Trail. Luckie Park is currently 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 has reopened with new safety measures in place, and is currently open daily from 1 – 5 PM, now through to August 22, and then weekends only up until Labor Day. Face coverings or masks must be worn while outside of the pool, and social distancing will be required. Children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 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) 367-5777.

Knott’s Sky Park & Dog Park
Enjoy a walk or bike ride around Knott’s Sky Park while taking in the scenic views of 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 safe 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.

Open with modifications:
• Estheticians – outdoors only
• Fitness centers and gym – outdoors only
• Massage therapy studios – outdoors only
• Museums – outdoors only
• Nail salons – outdoors only
• Places of worship – outdoors only

Currently Closed:
• Bars and nightclubs
• Family entertainment centers
• Indoor dining at restaurants
• Offices of non-essential sectors
• 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
Retail
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!