World renowned Irish Rock Band, The U2, back in the 80’s named their fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree”, catapulting this spectacular California desert onto the mainstream.
This is truly an American wonderland. Standing between the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert, the 1,200 square mile Joshua Tree National Park is the special habitat of the Joshua Trees, beautiful evergreen plants for which the park is named.
You have a variety of lodging options, from Bed&Breakfasts along the National Park, to retreats with mineral water pools in the nearby town of Desert Hot Springs.
Here are our favorite picks.
The 29 Palms Inn is situated on the 9,000 year old Oasis of Mara, next door to the Joshua Tree National Park.
If you want to feel all the magic of the Mojave Desert and breathe like a Joshua Tree, then this is absolutely the place for you.
Stay in an authentic 1930’s Adobe Bungalow with a fireplace and sun patio, or in a 1920’s Wood Frame Cabin with walk out decks and private backyards. The perfect destination for chilling and relaxing by their outdoor pool, or dining at The 29 Palms Inn restaurant with a fresh menu that specializes in seafood, daily pasta specials and great vegetarian options.
The brainchild of architect Michael Rotondi and its wife, April Greiman, this lovely retro-chic retreat sits atop Miracle Hill in the nearby town of Desert Hot Springs, where health-giving, naturally hot and cold mineral springs were discovered nearly 100 years ago. Their natural hot spring waters consistently rate among the best in the nation. Their stargazing is top notch. All of their bedding and products are 100% organic.
Miracle Manor is the perfect destination for balneotherapy, or the practice of soaking in healing waters.
Emerging from the ground at 150 degrees Fahrenheit and cooled to 98 degrees in the swimming pool and 104 degrees in the second pool, the retreat prides himself on having some of the most healing waters in the area. Minerals such as sodium, sulfate and chloride, said to be absorbed through the skin through extended soaking, are helpful for transporting nutrients in the body.
Miracle Manor prides himself on sustainability. All construction materials are either sustainable or recycled, their bedding is 100% organic and all of their rooms are maintained with non-toxic cleaning products.
The retreat offers a delightful breakfast with fresh fruits and juices, organic eggs, a great selection of breads and cheeses and many healthy options to chose from.
Miracle Manor Retreat
12589 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs
The Inn, also known as the Rock’N Roll Hotel, is the site of the legendary Gram Parsons Room, where the beloved and respected musician and songwriter spent his last hours. Room 8 still offers a quintessential “Cosmic American Experience” to fans of the father of Alt-country rock.
Conveniently located six miles from the grandeur of Joshua Tree National Park, the Inn is an Hacienda Style Inn with eleven ground level rooms facing a desert courtyard and large pool. Their decor is eccentrically eclectic, in full Rock’N’Roll spirit.
Rooms at the motel are available starting at $89 a night. Room eight, where Parsons died, is $109 a night.
Outside room eight, there’s a small memorial for Parsons, a guitar-shaped stone with offerings from admirers littered at its base.
The Joshua Tree Inn
61259 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA
The true oasis for all water therapy seekers, Two Bunch Palms has gorgeous mineral water pools flowing from a 600 year old natural spring. The unique composition of their mineral waters, low in sulfur and rich in lithium, is world famous for its therapeutic and mood enhancing properties.
As early as 1857, a settler recorded the discovery of our site at Two Bunch Palms as a place to rest and find water, marked by two palm groves. In 1909, the US Army Camel Corps of Engineers surveyed the area and identified the location as “two bunches of palms.”
Along with the main large mineral pool, guests will also find three large teak tubs where you can adjust the natural mineral water temperature, as well as three additional concrete mineral water soaking pools.
The rooms at Two Bunch Palms are the epitome of understated luxury, all of which are designed with natural fibers, energy efficient design elements, and organic linens. The Spa at Two Bunch Palms is internationally recognized for the skills and experience of its healers and offers, among other treatments, the unique and incredibly healing Watsu (Water Shiatsu) with special Watsu tubs. Definitely worth a try.
Two Bunch Palms
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail
Desert Hot Springs, CA
1-800 472 4334