Joshua Tree National Park encompasses approximately 800,000 acres of desert land just 40 miles east of the California-Nevada border. The land has been inhabited by humans for an estimated 5,000 years, filling it with a rich history as well as numerous archeological sites and historical structures. The park attracts thousands of visitors each week, many of whom opt to rent villas, ranch homes, and apartments nearby. The rental properties offer visitors the option of an extended stay at Joshua Tree without overextending their pocketbooks.
Famous for its biodiversity, Joshua Tree is home to more than 800 different plant species. Book your vacation rental between the months of March and June to view the impressive wildflowers in full bloom. A rental cabin will put you and your family right in the heart of the wilderness. Many of the local species close up during the cool nights and reopen with the sunshine in the morning, so don’t be fooled by the barren appearance at twilight. Choose a vacation rental with a nice porch or expansive windows from which you can enjoy the view.
Hiking trails are by far the primary attraction at Joshua Tree. Rental homes are available within walking distance of the park entrance. If you and your family have never been to Joshua Tree before, there are a few hikes you won’t want to miss.
The first is the Lost Horse Mine, a historical mine located inside the National Park. You can explore the mine itself or stroll along the 6.5 mile loop surrounding the site, where you can see other mines as well as Malpais Hill. The second must-see attraction is Carey’s Castle, a series of abandoned caverns that were once inhabited by squatters who worked in the nearby mines.
With so much to do at the National Park, you won’t want to make Joshua Tree a quick trip. Plan ahead and contact several vacation rentals to find a timeframe, budget, and location that best suits you. Cabins are available for those who prefer the rustic feel of nature, while private villas and apartments are decked out for guests looking for a bit more luxury. Securing a rental home in advance will save you money and allow you to relax and enjoy your vacation.
Save money during your vacation to Joshua Tree by stocking up on groceries and cooking meals in the comfort of your own kitchen. This is an amenity that only a vacation rental can offer. Need a change of pace? Stopover at Crossroads Café & Tavern. A locally owned business, serves American food and is lauded for its casual atmosphere and fresh fare. Crossroads is a great place for grabbing breakfast before a hike, or to refuel on your way out of the park. In a rush? Grab a few sandwiches to go from a popular local deli called Ricochet. Here you can find a healthy reprieve from typical dining, and meals are inexpensive!