As summer gives way to autumn, our favorite desert destination, Joshua Tree, swings back into high season – boasting hot-but-comfortable conditions during the day, perfect sunset temps, and chilly, starry nights.
Though arguments can be made for all seasons – we love winter’s snow days, spring’s blooms, summer’s hot nights, and autumn’s perfect weather – most would say the best time to visit Joshua Tree is March through May, and October through November, capitalizing on spring and autumn’s milder climates.
As part time desert dwellers with some authority – and strong opinions – we prefer the bookends of high seasons. Visit Joshua Tree during the hotter ends of either high season (like May and October) where days can be spent by the pool, while dedicating mornings and evenings to hikes. Hotter months also mean less crowded trails, which is always welcome; plus, keeping the hikes to the desert’s very photogenic golden hours is always a very good idea.
Whatever your seasonal preference, we’re here to help take your desert getaway to the next level. Below, we’ve compiled a list of vacation rentals whose pools are so drool-worthy you may not make it on a hike at all. (But you really should.)
Dive in to our list below, and to plan a trip, check out the Escape L.A. Guide to Joshua Tree.
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