Though the park is the main attraction (especially if this is your first visit to the area), there is so much more to explore in the area.
Spend a day up in Landers and drop by Gubler Orchids for a greenhouse tour of one of the top quality orchid growers in the world. Make a reservation to stop in for the sounds of 20 quartz crystal singing bowls at The Integratron for an unforgettable live sound bath experience in George Van Tassel’s 1954 all wood dome originally constructed for rejuvenation and time travel. There are many other sound healing providers offering private sessions in the area (consult a website like AirBnB experiences) or try a class at
Also up in Landers is a notable and relatively easy off-roading destination, Giant Rock. Though to be the largest freestanding boulder in the world, this almost seven-story high rock comes with its own legendary status. Regarded as a spiritual place for Native Americans for thousands of years, the site of Giant Rock was also home to a German miner named Frank Critzer who lived underneath the rock in the 1930s, and later as a site for UFO conventions in the 1950s. There are a few ways in and out of the Giant Rock site so plan your route ahead as service is limited in the area.
For the more dedicated off-roaders out there, King of the Hammers is an annual off-road race held at a dry lake in Johnson Valley. Expect a combination of desert racing and rock crawling in the ‘toughest one-day off-road race in the world’, or plan to attend as a spectator to check out the desert T1 Trucks, Buggies, Class 11 Volkswagen Bugs, UTVs, and more.
Back in Joshua Tree, take an hour or two to explore the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture. This vast display of found object art took 15 years to assemble across 10 acres of land and speaks to art as a tool for social change. Downtown, drop by the slightly tucked away Art Queen and World Famous Crochet Museum for more offbeat art. Lastly, for those who are interested in mid-century architecture, stop in at the gift shop at the Institute of Mentalphysics to get a glance at the compound that encapsulates the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings.