There is so much to do here in the Greater Joshua Tree area, and I hope to entice you to put on your walking shoes and explore the great outdoors! Conservation of our awesome desert should begin with witnessing it firsthand. Once you do, I know you will fall in love with it, and will want to protect it. While I hope to allure you to get out and explore please never forget that the desert can be unforgiving if you do not respect it. Always drink water even when it is cold outside; even if you are not thirsty. Please, never push yourself beyond your capabilities; it can be fatal. If you respect the desert, stay on the trails, and follow common sense it will be one of the best times of your life.
Joshua Tree National Park gets so much attention that this gem is often overlooked. Pioneertown Mountain Preserve is about four miles from Pappy & Harriet's on Pipes Canyon Road. At 25,500 acres it spans across ecosystems rising from the desert up to a 7,800-foot elevation into the San Bernardino National Forest. The best part is that it is open for hiking every day from dawn to dusk. The Preserve is a place that must be seen and enjoyed. While some hikes can be strenuous, there is something for nearly every fitness level
The Wildlands Conservancy is an active non-profit that deserves your tax-deductible financial support! They brought us the Sand to Snow National Monument, and lead the fight to protect pristine public desert landscapes.