Joshua Tree Activities
Beal Rd., Calipatria
While the man who spent more than thirty years painting a tribute to God on a mountain in Southern California wouldn’t have called himself as an artist, what he left behind is an absolutely wonderful specimen of folk art. Leonard Knight recently passed away, but Salvation Mountain is still open, thanks to a group of local volunteers and Knight groupies. It helps that Salvation Mountain is located right near Slab City, a famous campsite haven for hippies, travelers, and “snowbirds,” who continue to watch over Knight’s masterpiece.
Joshua Tree National Park
Just 45 minutes from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is at its most majestic at night, when the sky glitters with stars and all you can hear are the yelps of resident hyenas (weirdly romantic). At almost 800,000 acres, the stunning terrain should be experienced by everyone at least once. This geologically unique intersection of the Mojave and Colorado deserts was granted national park status in 1994 and is home to all manner of intricate ecosystems. You can get a feel for Joshua Tree by driving through but we recommend booking a spot at one of nine designated camping grounds. There are also a ton of hiking trails, bird-watching expeditions, rock-climbing oops, and historic tours on offer.