Planning a trip to Joshua Tree NP and Salton Sea

We’re planning a trip to Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea for the end of February when the kids have a week off. My wife and I used to do a lot of camping in that area, but that was before kids. We’re specifically looking for recommendations on places to stay. We’re not into expensive resorts; we much prefer small and funky (but clean and safe) places. For example, we’ll be staying one night at the Harmony Motel in Twentynine Palms. U2 stayed there while working on The Joshua Tree—my favorite album of all time.

Dawn at the Salton Sea, December 1996

If you have any recommendations, please post them in the comments section below or email them to me. Suggestions on places to visit are welcome, too. In addition to Joshua Tree, we already have Salvation Mountain, Bombay Beach and The Living Desert on our list.

Thank you!


  1. Hi i've just seen your site, am looking for a new bloggers post to pick. I have many friends in UC Davis, haha. For suggestions for vacations, try my last 3 posts in my site. We've just been to Borobudur, Yogyakarta and Solo, Surakarta in Indonesia. There are amazing sites there, although my post did not capture most of the experiences.


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