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  • Writer's pictureCandice Newman

Desert Dreams

Attendance at Joshua Tree National has more than doubled over the past decade, increasing from about 1.4 million visitors in 2012 to more 3 million visitors in 2022, which means more people in the park and in nearby cities like Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. However, just 15 miles east, the town of twentynine palms offers fewer crowds (a HUGE plus for my hubby), stunning views, plentiful oases and the same majestic desert vibes. So if you are looking for a new kind of adventure, here is a list of what to DO, EAT, and where to STAY!

DO Twentynine Palms is home to the lesser-used entrance to Joshuar Tree National Park and its visitors center. In the park, take the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail, a 3-mile roundtrip hike to a valley that features the paek's largest stand of fan palms. Also be sure to check out the Oasis of Mara on the outskirts of town where you can learn about the native plant and animal species!

EAT After your hike through the desert you are sure to have worked up an appetite, so be sure to swing by The Palms, a unique restaurant/bar that serves as a live music venue! If your are looking for something a little different, give GRND SQRL a try where you will find delicious burgers and a unique spin on the grilled cheese sandwhich!

STAY The 29 Palms Inn is as eclectic as they come. It is affordably priced and offers a boutique style motel setting along with adobe bunglaows and wood-framed cabins! The inn sits on 70 acres with the Oasis of Mara at its center, so you know you will be surrounded by peace and beauty. For a slightly more upscaled stay, try booking your stay at the Campbell House Inn, which offers a glimpse into the town's past through a variety of lodging options, including a , guest cottages and event a former museum!

No matter what you decide to do, you are bound to have an amazing time, the landscape is incredible by day and the starry sky will leave you breathless at night.

Hey Inland Empire, I’m Candice Newman! I’ve had the incredible fortune of being born and raised in this amazing community, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I currently live in Alta Loma with my husband, Jonathan, our son, Trevor, and our dog, Ruger! I’m a real estate agent with a passion for finding new places to explore in the Foothill Communities. When I'm not selling homes, you can find me cheering my son on at his baseball games, exercising, spending time in our local mountains, heading to the lake, cooking, or watching the Dodgers slay the Giants (I was born and raised an Angels fan, but the Dodgers have taken over the household!). I'll never have enough Mexican food and Italian food in my life. I’m looking forward to connecting with you soon! See you around town! | (909)367-3280 DRE: 01924842

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