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Planning your trip to Joshua Tree and environs


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March 25, 2012

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Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive., Twentynine Palms; (760) 367-5500, http://www.nps.gov/jotr. Entrance fee $15 per car for up to seven days.

Crossroads Café, 61715 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 366-5414, http://www.crossroadscafejtree.com. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. All less than $10.

Ricochet Gourmet, 61705 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 366-1898, http://www.ricochetjoshuatree.com. Main dishes $8-$10.

Natural Sisters Café, 61695B Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 366-3600. Sandwiches, salads, etc. up to $11.95.

Pie for the People, 61740B Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 366-0400, http://www.pieforthepeople.net. Pizzas, calzones, etc. Slices $3-$4, pizzas $11-$25.

High Desert Test Sites, 6470 Veteran's Way, Joshua Tree; http://www.highdeserttestsites.com. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Spin & Margie's Desert Hide-a-way, 64491 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 366-9124, http://www.deserthideaway.com. Four suites and one cabin. Rates $135-$175.

Mojave Sands Motel, 62121 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 799-1603, http://www.mojavesands.com. Five rooms, $200-$300, likely to increase late in 2012 when a pool is added.

Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; (760) 365-5956, http://www.pappyandharriets.com. Sandwiches, burgers, Tex-Mex and main dishes, $6.95-$29.95. Open Thursdays-Mondays.

Pioneertown Motel, 5040 Curtis Road, Pioneertown; (760) 365-7001, http://www.pitowninn.com. Seventeen rooms with kitchenettes, usually $100 on weekends, $70 on weeknights.

Joshua Tree Inn, 61259 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; (760) 366-1188, http://www.joshuatreeinn.com. Built in 1950, six miles from the park entrance. Ten rooms, pool. Doubles $89-$159.

Harmony Motel, 71161 Twentynine Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms; (760) 367-3351, http://www.harmonymotel.com. Of U2 fame. Rates $65-$120.

The Integratron, 2477 Belfield, Blvd., Landers; (760) 364-3126, http://www.integratron.com. Open Wednesdays-Sundays by appointment only. Open to the public two weekends a month. $15 Sound Baths, $5 self-guided tours.

29 Palms Inn, 73950 Inn Ave., Twentynine Palms; (760) 367-3505, http://www.29palmsinn.com. Bungalows, cabins, pool. Most units $111-$258, less in summer. Restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

Roughley Manor, 74744 Joe Davis Drive (off Utah Trail), Twentynine Palms; (760) 367-3238, http://www.roughleymanor.com. Stone mansion on 25 acres (with pool) with 12 rooms, two suites, 10 cottages. Rates $135-$160, breakfast included.

Smith's Ranch Drive-In Movie Theatre, 4584 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms; (760) 367-7713, 29drive-in.com. Shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Admission $5 a person. Two movies nightly.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, 11055 East Drive, Morongo Valley; (760) 363-7190, http://www.bigmorongo.org. Open 7:30 a.m.-sunset, free. Several trails, no pets or bikes.

Willie Boy's Saloon & Dance Hall, 50048 29 Palms Highway, Morongo Valley; (760) 363-3343, http://www.willieboys.com. Barbecue, pool, Sunday-night line dancing. Main dishes about $12-$29.

Two Bunch Palms, 67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot springs; (760) 329-8791, http://www.twobunchpalms.com. Most rooms $239-$399 in high season, dropping to $159-$319 in summer, plus a $15 a night resort fee. (Two small rooms rent for $99-$119.) At resort's Casino restaurant, dinner main dishes $18-$32.

Cabot's Pueblo Museum, 67616 E. Desert View Ave., Desert Hot Springs; (760) 329-7610, http://www.cabotsmuseum.org. Six tours daily, $11 per adult. Closed Mondays, with curtailed hours in summer.

Hacienda Hot Springs Inn, 12885 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs; (760) 251-2885, http://www.haciendahotsprings.com. Six rooms, $160-$220 nightly in season.

Sagewater Spa, 12689 Eliseo Road, Desert Hot Springs; (760) 220-1554, http://www.sagewaterspa.com. Seven rooms. Rates usually $175-$265.

El Morocco Inn, 66810 4th St., Desert Hot Springs; (888) 288-9905, http://www.elmoroccoinn.com. Rates $169-$229 in high season, about $80 less in summer.

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel, 10805 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs; (760) 329-6000, http://www.dhsspa.com. Doubles $89-$139. Next door, under same owner, is the fancier 110-room Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, 10625 Palm Drive; (760) 251-6000, http://www.miraclesprings.com. Doubles $99-$159.

Casa Blanca restaurant, 66370 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs; (760) 329-5007, http://www.casablancamenu.com. Most main dishes $9-$18.

To LEARN MORE

Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce, http://www.joshuatreechamber.org.

29 Palms Convention & Visitors Center, http://www.visit29.org.

Desert Hot Springs tourism, http://www.deserthotsprings.com.