If old legends are to be believed (and in the desert, they often are), the Joshua Tree got its name from a group of 19th century Mormon settlers who saw the upturned branches and were reminded of the prophet Joshua. It was as if the strange, prickly trees were beckoning them to the promised land.
Biblical mythology aside, Joshua Tree National Park is a sort of promised land for desert lovers. Located approximately 130 miles from Los Angeles, the 760,636-acre park is a mecca for rock climbers, hikers, and stargazers. The nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms also offer a classic California desert experience in the form of saloons that serve cocktails in Mason jars, sun-soaked cafes, and poolside restaurants that feel like literal oases in the desert.
Whether a trip to Joshua Tree calls for treks through the desert or margaritas at the pool, here’s where to drink and dine near the park.Read More