Cool, clean, crisp. Yucca Valley is your unexpected fresh-air, high-desert oasis, your getaway with an unfiltered view to the mountains and stars.
Tucked between the San Bernardino Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park, Yucca Valley has a one-of-a-kind perch at 3,300 feet elevation in the Mojave Desert. Bring your hiking shoes, mountain bike, golf clubs and bathing suit. Or just walking shoes and a sense of wonder.
The shortest path to Yucca Valley is a flight to Palm Springs. And Greyhound can get you to this mecca of the Mojave. But the greatest spirit of adventure lies in the road trip, the driving and sightseeing you control with your hands on the steering wheel.
By car, the drive is around eight hours. It's 500 miles from the heart of San Francisco by I-5 to I-210, bending east around Los Angeles. Take I-10 to highway 62. But before you make that turn northeast at Desert Hot Springs, only 20 miles from your Yucca Valley destination, consider making a pit stop. Soak and unwind in the hot mineral springs, a sensational way to kickoff your getaway.
America's Best Value Inn & Suites has some sweet, sweet spaces. Ask for the Jungle, Cave or Rockin' Fifties rooms, or one of the other unique and unforgettable spots to relax in a private hot tub and kick back. America's Best is only minutes from Joshua Tree National Park and more of the landscape and restaurants that will fill your getaway to Yucca Valley.
The Best Western Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley is located only five miles from the Joshua Tree National Park and the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley.The outdoor opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, climbing, stargazing, biking and whatever you can dream up are endless. The Best Western also has on-site workout facilities, a pool and a hot tub.
The Super 8 Yucca Valley is a big bang-for-your-buck hotel that puts you in the heart of it all. Joshua Tree National Park is only five miles away. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is only 3 miles. Feel like a day of shopping in Palm Springs, it's less than 35 miles southwest. The Super 8 Yucca Valley offers an outdoor swimming pool, free internet and a daily continental breakfast, too.
Kimi Grill has a remarkable sake selection to go with what many know as the best sushi around. This family-owned Japanese restaurant serves up authentic Japanese fare in a casual, quiet environment. The prices are fair and the service goes beyond.
La Copine is a hot spot for eats in the desert, offering two menus: omnivore and vegetarian. Travelers far and wide give La Copine shoutouts for its quality of cuisine. The staff also is welcoming and aims to please. Occasionally, the French name sparks some "yeah, right" chuckles. Don't be fooled. La Copine is a must-stop meal when Yucca Valley calls.
John's Place is a staple for American breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner. If its crowded when you arrive, trust that its well-deserved. It's a casual spot that welcomes you right from the trails of the Mojave and Joshua Tree National Park in to cool down and fill up.
The Hi-Desert Nature Museum has 40 years under its belt with shining light on the rich cultural heritage and natural history of this area. The museum also has one-, three- and five-day itineraries at the ready to help you get the most out of your time in Yucca Valley. Add that to the depth of inside information you can collect with a tour through the exhibits, and you'll be ready to make a buck as a guide out in the Yucca Valley wild.
Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley is a one-of-a-kind garden of more than 40 concrete sculptures. Visitors can stroll through the garden and enjoy a picnic. Admission is free and the spiritual boost is priceless. Where else can you you take a picture with Jesus and the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper?
The Sky's the Limit Observatory in nearby Twentynine Palms is the best place to dip into the night sky, with the expert knowledge of the staff on hand. Enjoy one of the observatory's night time stargazing opportunities. It will give you a new perspective of the night, and of your desert oasis getaway.
To see what's really happening in Yucca Valley, hit-up the weekend swap meet at the Sky Village Outdoor Marketplace. Take a stroll through this eclectic junk-to-gems joint and see what's been hiding in this desert region, dug out by a character with charm and amazing knowledge of what once was. Give haggling a try or just people watch. It's worth a go.
It's probably obvious by now that Joshua Tree National Park is the #1 attraction in the area. Rightly so. Its rock formations are outstanding, and the Joshua Trees are iconic for more reasons than gracing the famed album of even more famed rock band U2. Take a driving tour through the park or hike it on your own two feet. Rock climbing, slacklining, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping ... the list of awesome goes on. It's an outdoor paradise.