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  • One Perfect Day in Joshua Tree: 1 Day Itinerary

    iconic hills of rocks and desert shrubs in Joshua Tree National Park.

    The landscape of Joshua Tree is like nowhere else on this planet . The unmistakeable vibes of this iconic desert are an epic playground for hiking, climbing, and exploring. Spending one day in Joshua Tree is a must for any SoCal visitor – even if you only have time for a short trip!

    I’m a little ashamed to say that as a Southern California native, it took me way too long to finally explore this National Park, even though it was basically in my own backyard!

    When I finally visited, I was in awe at the spiky Joshua Trees and loved exploring the towers of jumbled boulders just begging to be climbed.

    This guide covers the best hikes, scenic drives, and viewpoints you simply can’t miss  if you only have one day in Joshua Tree National Park. You’ll explore sunrise at the Cholla Cactus garden, hike to Arch Rock, Heart Rock, and Skull Rock, visit historic sites, explore a hidden world on the Hidden Valley Trail, and stay for an epic sunset over Keys View.

    I’ve also included some need-to-know information about getting around the Park, tips for avoiding the crowds, and my favorite spots to eat, drink, and stay near Joshua Tree National Park.

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