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    Your Guide to Joshua Tree

    An AutoCamp x Field Station Destination Guide

    One of California’s most iconic destinations, Joshua Tree is a desert paradise where rugged landscapes meet artistic expression. Whether you’re interested in exploring the national park or diving into the eclectic culture of the destination, outdoor activities and unique experiences await. 


    Between AutoCamp and Field Station’s Joshua Tree locations, there are a ton of ways to explore the desert and choose the accommodations that best suit your travel vibe. Both locations feature year-round pools, onsite food and beverage options, and locally inspired experiences – plus, they are both dog-friendly!

    Planning a group trip? Utilize AutoCamp’s multi-room offer and enjoy the balance between individual Airstreams and communal campfire sessions, or book one of Field Station’s bunk rooms for the ultimate sleepover experience. Traveling with your family? Give yourself a little extra space with an AutoCamp Cabin, or try one of Field Station’s trundle rooms. 

    Two double beds at field station moab


    Joshua Tree National Park

    Venture into the home of the Joshua trees, towering rock formations, and star-studded skies at Joshua Tree National Park. Hike through hidden oases, climb granite monoliths, and witness unforgettable sunsets in this notable national park.

    Cholla Cactus Garden

    Stroll through spiny cholla cacti at the Cholla Cactus Garden. A short nature trail winds through this unique ecosystem, offering opportunities for photography and close encounters with native flora and fauna.

    Keys View

    Experience panoramic vistas of the Coachella Valley and beyond from Keys View. This scenic overlook provides stunning views of the San Andreas Fault and Mount San Jacinto. On clear days, you may even get a glimpse of the Salton Sea.


    Dinner and Live Music

    A trip to Joshua Tree is simply not complete without a stop at Pappy & Harriet’s, a staple in historic Pioneertown. Stop in for a cocktail and some wood-fired bites, then settle in for the night’s live music. From Paul McCartney to Lizzo, this local haunt has hosted a range of musicians – you never know who may drop in!

    Farmers’ Market

    On Saturdays, pop over to the vibrant Joshua Tree Farmers’ Market and sample fresh produce, artisanal goods, and tasty treats. Engage with the community, discover unique finds, and immerse yourself in the local scene.

    Vegan-Friendly Spots

    For omnivores and herbivores alike, Frontier Cafe is a great place to fuel up before or after hitting the trail. Start your day with a seasonal latte and bagel sandwich, or perhaps enjoy the vegan BLT for lunch (the tempeh is made in-house!).


    Rock Climbing

    Challenge yourself on world-class rock climbing routes amidst Joshua Tree’s iconic formations. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner, there are routes for every skill level, offering thrills and breathtaking views.

    Hiking Trails

    Opt for a hiking adventure through Joshua Tree’s diverse landscapes, from desert washes to rocky peaks. Explore trails like Hidden Valley, Barker Dam, and Ryan Mountain, each offering unique opportunities to connect with nature.


    Escape the city lights and experience the magic of Joshua Tree’s dark skies. Set up camp in the park or join a stargazing tour for an unforgettable night exploring the galaxy.


    Art Galleries

    Discover the lively arts scene by visiting local galleries that showcase the works of talented artists, who are often inspired by the surrounding desert landscape. With a range of modalities, there’s something to captivate everyone.

    Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum

    Explore the unique outdoor art installations at the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum. Wander through sculptures created from found objects, each telling a story of resilience and creativity. It’s just a bonus that this museum is free. 

    Grab a Souvenir

    Visit the Mojave Flea Trading post, a fun marketplace featuring a range of markers and creators. From art pieces to natural skincare, there are plenty of fun items to browse. Commemorate your trip or maybe impress your friends with a one-of-a-kind gift.