29 Palms Bucket List

So you have orders to 29 Palms. The first thing that may go through your mind is panic! What am I to do without target, Chick-fil-A, civilization?! While it may take your brain a little while to wrap your mind around a few years in The Stumps; there is an undeniable beauty in the desert between every sunrise and cotton candy sunset. There are a lot of wonderful places to visit while you’re in 29, aside from Joshua Tree- you can be pretty much anywhere in Southern CA within a 2 hour drive.


30-45 Minutes

  • Joshua Tree National Park: the number of hikes, trails, and features to visit will keep you busy the entirety of your stay
  • Black Rock Canyon
  • Oasis of Mara
  • Smith’s Ranch Drive In
  • 49 Palms
  • Sky’s The Limit Observatory
  • 29 Palms Inn
  • Joshua Tree Saloon
  • Pappy and Harriet’s (Pioneertown)
  • La Copine (Flamingo Heights)
  • Old Dale Mining Company
  • Kickball Tournaments on base
  • Highway 62 Art Tours
  • Theater 29 (local plays)
  • 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
  • Stud Cuts
  • Rocky’s Pizza
  • The Parade of Homes
  • 29 Palms Historical Society
  • 29 Palms Art Gallery
  • Integratron
  • Natural Sister’s Cafe
  • Crossroads Cafe
  • Sam’s Indian Food
  • The World Famous Crochet Museum
  • The Estate on Burnt Mountain in Sky Harbor
  • Kimi Grill
  • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
  • Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market
  • 29 Palms Farmer’s Market
  • Joshua Tree Coffee Company
  • Overnight at JW Marriott Palms Springs
  • Joshua Tree Music Festival
  • Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum
  • Desert Christ Park
  • Gubler’s Orchids & International Orchid Festival
  • Hicksville Trailer Palace
  • Institute of Mentalphysics
  • Hi Desert Nature Museum (and any event they host)
  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center


60-90 Minutes

  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Amboy Crater
  • Whitewater Preserve
  • Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch & Christmastree Farm
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tram
  • Palm Desert
  • San Jacinto Peak
  • Eat at Sherman’s Deli
  • Jackelope Ranch
  • Living Desert Zoo
  • Living Desert Zoo at Christmas
  • Big Bear
  • Big Bear Lake Village at Christmas
  • Lake Arrowhead
  • Idyllwild
  • Old Town Temecula
  • Temecula Wine Country
  • Amboy Fallen Shoe Tree
  • Polo Match Empire Polo Fields
  • Hot Air Balloon Festival


2 Hours+

  • Grand Canyon
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Salton Sea
  • Salvation Mountain
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lake Havasu
  • Disneyland
  • Newport Beach
  • Laguna Beach
  • Huntington Beach
  • Universal Studios
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Sea World
  • Legoland
  • Safari Park
  • San Diego Zoo
  • USS Midway
  • Padres Game
  • Dodgers Game
  • Angels Game
  • Chargers Game
  • Orange County Fair
  • Del Mar Fair
  • Del Mar Racetrack
  • Beach Cottages at Camp Pendleton
  • Coronado Island Naval Air Station

3 thoughts on “29 Palms Bucket List

  1. So many of the same places! And even some I haven’t heard of- definitely adding those!
    Banana Museum (yummy ice cream)
    Cabazon Dinosaurs
    Oak Glen
    Oak Glen Perserve
    Yucaipa Regional Park
    Morongo preserve
    Cactus Mart
    Mitchell Caverns
    7 Magic Mountains (of your heading to Vegas)
    Ladder & Painted Rock hike
    Tahquitz Waterfall Hike
    HOLLYWOOD sign hike
    Palm Desert Cross hike (super neat near dusk)
    Glass House Art Gallery
    Visit 29 palms murals & 29! Sign

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