Visit This Beautiful Desert Destination in the Summer to Uncover Hidden Gems
Why the Best Time to Visit Joshua Tree Starts in June
Find peace in the desert this summer when you plan a retreat in Joshua Tree. Wake up every morning to the beautiful natural surroundings that make this place special. Hike through cacti forests, stargaze in a beautiful dark oasis, and enjoy quiet time away from the rest of the world. Waking up to the sound of nature and enjoying the solitude of the desert is an amazing way to recharge.
Joshua Tree is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich history, and artsy, Instagrammable short-term rentals. The national park is home to 800,000 acres of protected land and a diverse selection of wildlife. Hiking through the park in the summer months allows you to avoid the crowds that visit during cooler seasons. From watching the sunrise along one of its many trails to enjoying a romantic date under the Milky Way— this place has something for everyone. If you're looking for a picturesque experience, summer is the time to visit Joshua Tree.
When packing for your trip, don't forget sunblock, a hat, and something to cover up with when not hiking. The summer heat hovers around 100+ day and night so layering and lightweight clothing are optimal. Bring plenty of water and snacks! It's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when it comes to the arid, desert heat.
Get an early start on your day so that you can take advantage of cooler temps in the morning. Take frequent water breaks and rest often.
Witness the Best Joshua Tree Sunrise
Escape the midday heat and catch incredible views by waking up early to watch the sunrise. No matter where you end up in Joshua Tree, beautiful scenery surrounds you. There are some perfect spots to find an awe-inspiring view at dawn.
The Cholla Cactus Garden is a flat trail that leads you through a landscape filled with unique cacti. The morning light cascading over the desert plants provides a calming start to the day. Visiting this spot in the summer guarantees that you will run into fewer people than in peak season.
Keys View is another perfect spot to catch the morning sun. Make your way up the ridge with your morning cup of coffee and witness incredible views. Visible landmarks include the San Andreas Fault and the Gorgonio Mountain.
Admire the Milky Way
Many people visit Joshua Tree National Park to marvel at the beautiful desert plants and rock formations. This is an awesome sight in its own right, but if you know where to look (and when to look) there is another sight that should not be missed. The desert comes alive at night with beautiful starry skies. The Milky Way and the Perseid Meteor Shower are best observed on a summer night in Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree National Park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in 2017. This means it is protected land that has an exceptional quality of starry nights. The remoteness of Joshua Tree's desert terrain makes it the best destination to admire the night sky.
Experience the Peacefulness of Quiet Trails
There's a certain allure to traveling to a hot, sun-baked desert in the summer. Maybe it's the memories of being a child and running through warm, windy sand dunes at the beach. Maybe it's the chance to experience a new environment. And maybe it's because most people choose to hide away in their air-conditioned homes. Whatever your reason is, visiting Joshua Tree in the summer will offer you solitude, adventure, and an escape from everyday stressors.
Joshua Tree is the perfect place to get away from it all. If you've spent any time in this gorgeous desert, you know you’ll have more space to explore in the summer months. Your summer getaway will be more relaxing without crowds and give you a chance to appreciate the desert wildlife. Take time on your vacation to enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Visit the Local Boutiques and Restaurants in Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree is a unique area, and the shops there are just as interesting. Make sure to check out The Mincing Mockingbird and The Station. You'll find everything from locally made jewelry and art to vintage clothing and crystals. It's also a great place to pick up souvenirs for your friends and family back home! Plus, you'll be able to take a break from the summer heat while you browse around town.
The real joy of shopping is finding something that perfectly suits your style or your needs. When it's from a local business, you know it's something special. When you visit Joshua Tree, it's more than a vacation. You'll be supporting local artists and businesses that call the area home.
When you're ready to take a break from shopping, head over to one of the restaurants in town including The Natural Sisters Cafe and Crossroads Cafe. These incredible options will leave you feeling full and satisfied after a long day of walking around.
Plan your Summer Trip to Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree is a must-see during the summer for any nature-lover. You'll have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in one of America's most captivating national parks. Below are some tips for visiting Joshua Tree.
Book the Best Joshua Tree Stay
Looking for the best short-term rental in Joshua Tree? Enjoy the outdoor life and take in all the sights, sounds, and atmosphere from the comfort of your own private home at The Sukha Life Retreat. Less than a mile from the park entrance, (with a hot tub under the stars) you’ll be able to “live easy” like a local.
If you want to disappear into a world where peace and relaxation fill your getaway, you'll want to book a stay at The Sukha Life Hideaway. The Hideaway is a 5-acre escape located 3 miles away from the park entrance.
The beauty of staying in Joshua Tree is it really allows you to slow down and listen to your heart. The desert is a place that calls for reflection and peace. As you relax under the wide-open sky and take in the muted colors of the desert, you'll forget about all the things that used to stress you out.