Things To Do
You are invited on a walking tour of the oasis to experience firsthand its geology and
natural history. You meet in the library where Pat Flanagan, our naturalist, begins with
aerial images and maps to locate us (we are visible from space) before strolling the
grounds to learn about the palm oasis and desert plants and animals. The history of the
Serrano and Chemehuevi who lived here, the pond and garden are all part of the story.
Who: Guests of the29 Palms Inn; visitors in the area; and community members
When: Saturday & Sunday (occasionally Pat is out of town so be sure to check the
schedule at the desk). During the week, if you are interested in a naturalist tour please
call to check scheduling and availability. 760-367-3505
Time: 8:30 to 10 AM (varies with the interests of the group)
Meet: at 8:30 in the Library/Check-in
Nature Walks with Pat Flanagan
Explore Joshua Tree National Park
Explore nearly 800,000 acres of some of the most fascinating geology found in the
California desert. Rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths
testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Enjoy rock
climbing, hiking, camping, birding, star gazing and an incredible landscape nature
We suggest that everyone begin their tour at the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis
Visitors Center which is a short walk from the 29 Palms Inn and open daily from 8am to
5pm. You’ll have the chance to chat with Park Staff who will provide you with current
information about conditions and help you plan your visit through the park.
If you have a few hours or less:
With limited time you’ll likely want to stay
on the main park roads where you’ll be able
to stop at one of many pullouts that have
wayside exhibits. There are a variety of
short walks and nature trails you can visit
during a short trip into the park, many of
which are less than 1 mile loops. Check out
The Creative Center & Gallery offers a wide variety of art classes and activities for
children, adults and groups and exhibition space and is located on the West End of the
property here at the Inn.
Activities and art classes to choose from include: painting pottery, the potter’s wheel &
hand building in clay, stained glass & repairs, tile mosaics, painting with acrylic, oil &
encaustic paints, plus collaging on canvas or prints. The Creative Center is also a great
place for art parties - plan an art party for any occasion with your host Gretchen
Take advantage of a wide range of programs that include educational adventures,
seminars, family programs and courses on hiking, survival skills, creative arts in the
park, natural science and cultural history. These courses enable participants to
experience the park in an engaging way alongside expert instructors who provide a
personal and fun learning experience on these educational experiences. Check out the
Sign up for a Desert Institute Class
organization formed to assist with preservation, education,
historical and scientific programs for the benefit of Joshua
Tree National Park and its visitors.
Find your inner artist at the 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery
There is no charge for the naturalist walking tour.
Sign up when checking in or if you are a visitor or member of the community
please call the day before to sign up.
Open Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.
6847 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms CA. (760) 361- 1805
Stay tuned as we add more activities in the coming days.
Also, check out our Links section of the site for more information about local
attractions and community events.
If you plan to spend an entire day:
Over the course of a full day in the park
you’ll have the chance to walk a few nature
trails or explore some of the longer hiking
trails that range from 3 miles to 16 miles. Be
sure to check out the schedule online to see
which are fun, interactive, and help you get
the most out of your park visit.
Hidden Valley Nature Trail & Picnic Area
Sign up for a Ranger Program in the park
Upcoming Art & Music Festivals
12th Annual Spring Festival, May 15-18th 2014
This 3 day cultural festival celebrates more than just live
music! You'll find ongoing yoga classes, a world market, visual
art exhibits, an astronomy theater and a kidsville area
(children under 10 get in free) so bring the whole family. Takes
places at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground, weekend passes
can be purchases as well as single day tickets.
22nd Annual Art Festival, April 4-6th 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm each day, Admission is free
The Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival has been
celebrating the inspiration of nature for 20 years! This years
Art Festival features over 30 local and regional artists
exhibiting original work ranging from painting, sculpture,
photography, ceramics, art glass, jewelry, woodcrafting and
gourd art. The Art Festival runs from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. each
day on the patio next to the visitor center and historic Oasis
of Mara nature trail.