My husband and I ( in our 60s) are planning a trip to the deserts of Southern California for 7 nights. We are interested in walks.
1. Palm Springs seems to be a central point for many attractions. Is this the best choice or should we spend a couple of nights there and then stay somewhere else (e.g. near Joshua Park) to avoid too much driving.
2. Any recommendations on hotels/condos/etc that are reasonably priced, quiet, and NON-SMOKING.
- Joshua Tree National Park74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California, United Statesrecommended Joshua Tree National ParkJust about a 90-minute drive each way from Palm Springs, this park is one of the best places to go hiking in the California deserts. Straddling the transition zone between the upper Mojave and the ... read morelower Sonoran deserts, Joshua Tree has an unbeatable variety of desert flora and fauna. My favorite trails lead to hidden California fan-palm oases, but you can also hike to old Western mines, natural springs and of course, Joshua tree forests.Sara Benson
You can stay in Palm Springs and commute up to Joshua Tree for the day, or do as you were thinking and stay two nights in PS and two nights near the park. Just bear in mind that lodgings near the park book up fast, and they're mostly either roadside motels, chain hotels or cool (and more expensive) guesthouses, vacation rentals and B&Bs.
recommended Death ValleyWeird and wonderful, the deserts of Death Valley will amaze you. The ecosystem is incredible and you can swim in February. Great for families, couples or even solo explorers. Just be sure to bring ... read moreenough water in summer.