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When you visit the desert, you may expect an endless array of sunny days, a landscape dotted with cactus, and temperatures that are more than a little higher than those you are used to in your hometown, and generally, when you visit Joshua Tree, that is what you get. What you might not expect, however, is that one rare day when the skies open up and the rain falls to the ground in a seemingly endless display of showers. If this happens to you while you are exploring the wonders of Joshua Tree and staying in one of our Hi-Desert Dwellings escapes, you should count yourself as one of the lucky ones as you slow down your pace, take a whiff of the rain-soaked desert, and enjoy any or all of these rainy day activities in Joshua Tree!

Slow Down

Even on vacation we have a tendency to rush here and there, determined to see all and do all the area has to offer in the woefully limited amount of time we have, but when the rain falls, it is almost as if it is nature’s way of telling us to slow down and enjoy the journey! Our desert escapes are designed to embrace your new pace, and if you find yourself sleeping late, staying in your pajamas even later, and dawdling over a fresh pot of brewed coffee on a dark and rainy day, we are happy we could contribute to your time of idleness! Days like these are meant for curling up in an oversized chair with a good book, taking long naps on super soft sofas, and for being present in the moment. There are no meetings that need to be attended, no chores to be done, and if you are hungry, we are proud of our fully equipped kitchens, but if you choose to enjoy a breakfast cooked and served by someone else, well, our next paragraph will lead you in the right direction!

At the Crossroads

No, we aren’t discussing the direction your life is leading you, but WE are leading you to the wonderful comfort foods found at the Crossroad Café, located at 61715 Twentynine Palms Highway. Breakfast is served all day at this rustic-looking spot in the middle of the desert, and the friendly staff at Crossroad Café serves the dishes we have loved since childhood, including biscuits and gravy, spicy Southwestern style omelets, and sweet pancakes that are light and fluffy. Sitting at one of their tables with a full plate in front of you, your family surrounding you, and the skies visibly weeping outside is a scene you are not likely to forget any time soon!

Roadside Attractions for the Win

What do the world’s largest otter, the world’s largest thermometer, and the World Famous Crochet Museum have in common with each other? They are all roadside attractions that offer a fun break in your traveling time! The World Famous Crochet Museum, located at 61855 CA-62 in Joshua Tree, is inside a converted photo hut and offers a small collection of unusual crocheted items, including a crocheted wine bottle cover, pillows, and even a crocheted Oreo cookie! Take a few minutes out of your rainy day to explore the kitschy wonders found inside and be sure to take a picture while you are there. The museum’s biggest claim to fame is having the honor of its photos being discovered all over the world; there is even a photo of the converted photo shop on the walls of the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris!

Treat Yourself Better

As we rush about in real life, taking our kids to the doctor, fixing dinner for the family, or typing up a report for our boss, there is one thing for which we never seem to take the time, and that is ourselves! When was the last time you had a massage, a facial, or took the time to explore alternative health treatments such as Reiki or guided meditation? The slow pace of a rainy day in the desert almost demands that you take some time for yourself with a visit to the Naturalives Day Spa at 6448 Hallee Road #8 to explore all of the above and so much more! Breathe deep and live naturally as the talented staff make your relaxation dreams come true and when it is time to leave the spa and return to your vacation home away from home, a little rain won’t even seem to matter!

Find Your Joy with Hi-Desert Dwellings

However you spend your daylight hours in Joshua Tree, spending your nights with us will be the highlight of your California adventures! Reserve your stay with us today!

Those looking to reconnect with nature, no matter the time of year, should consider a vacation in Joshua Tree. Best known for the stunning National Park by the same name, the surrounding town also offers fun entertainment, dining, and arts that are sure to delight any visitor. For your upcoming 4th of July getaway, consider a non-traditional vacation destination and spend the weekend in the breathtaking Joshua Tree area. Whether you are looking to camp out in nature or spend time in the town living like a local, there is plenty to do in Joshua Tree that is sure to keep you busy. Keep reading to find out about our favorite events and activities to enjoy during the Joshua Tree 4th of July celebration!

Stay Safe for the 4th in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is one of our nation’s most beautiful natural locations, and millions of visitors flock here to spend the day in the park or even camp overnight. If you are considering a trip into the National Park for the 4th of July weekend, you want to be sure you are prepared for a safe and fun trip! A campfire is a classic park of any camping trip but be sure to check for any fire restrictions before your trip and follow all designated guidelines. If you are able to have a fire, be sure to use the fire rings provided and never leave the fire unattended. Also be sure to completely put out the fire before you leave the campsite. Also, although it may be tempting to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, these are prohibited in the National Park due to the fire risk. You can still enjoy the beauty of nature during your 4th of July camping trip but be sure to do so safely!

If you aren’t planning to camp overnight, but are considering a day trip or hike, make sure you do so safely as well. Cell phone coverage is not available throughout most of the National Park, which is great for reconnecting with nature. However, be sure to tell someone where you are planning to hike and when you plan to return as a safety precaution. You’ll also want to bring a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, ample food, and be sure to wear loose, light colored clothing and proper shoes. All of this will help you stay safe and ensure that you have fun!

Joshua Tree Farmers’ Market

One of the most popular activities in Joshua Tree for 4th of July weekend is the Joshua Tree Farmers Market! Held every Saturday from 8am to 1pm, this certified farmers’ market ensures that everything sold here is locally grown or made. Shop fresh produce, flowers, and locally made crafts! Located off of Highway 62, East of Park Blvd, it is easy to find no matter where you are staying in Joshua Tree. It’s the perfect chance to live like a local during your 4th of July weekend!

Milky Way Photography Workshop

The National Park offer stunning scenic views during the day, but it is also a fantastic destination for stargazing and night time photography. During your 4th of July getaway, consider booking a photography workshop that teaches you all the tips and tricks of night time photography to take your photos to the next level. Learn how to photograph the night sky like a professional, including how to edit your photos to make the most of them. Spend the night in the National Park, beginning about three or four hours before sunset and take photographs until midnight under the guidance of a professional. Then, you’ll spend the next morning reviewing and processing your photos. All skills levels are welcome, whether you are a novice or an avid photographer looking to improve your skills.

Joshua Tree Art Walk

In addition to great natural views, Joshua Tree is also known for its many art galleries, featuring local art inspired by the beauty of the National Park. Although individual tours of the galleries are currently unavailable due to local gathering restrictions, you can make your own tour by heading to the many galleries located in downtown Joshua Tree. Support local art during your holiday weekend!

Live Music at the Joshua Tree Saloon

Although spending a quiet evening in the National Park or an afternoon at the farmers’ market or art gallery, you may want to get a little rowdy for 4th of July! If so, then enjoy an evening of live music and great food at the Joshua Tree Saloon. The evening of July 4th, enjoy live music from local legends Arroyo Rogers. Enjoy one of the 14 cold beers they have on tap while doing the two-steps to your favorite country classics and even hear some original songs. It’s a fun way to celebrate the holiday weekend in Joshua Tree!

No matter how you plan to spend the holiday, booking one of our spacious vacation rentals is sure to elevate your getaway. Contact us today to book your Joshua Tree vacation!