Palms on the Oasis


With Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Mojave Trails National Monument right next door, you can experience seemingly endless landscapes, rock climbing, star gazing, bird watching, wildflowers, cacti, sand dunes.

Bird Watching

Binoculars are available to lend to our guests

In 1929 the Oasis of Mara was described as a fan palm oasis with four ponds which regularly overflowed about a half mile to the north. We now know that the Oasis of Mara formed along the Pinto Mountain Fault approximately 9,000 years ago and water has been available since. Undoubtedly, birds immediately found this water source.

The Oasis offers all the essentials for migrating birds such as food, water, and cover to rest, escape predators, get out of the sun, and in the springtime a place to nest. The Oasis can be seen from above, and from far away, with the mile-long green line of Washingtonia palms saying “land here”.

Over the years there have been 180 different types of birds documented here on our grounds, 146 of which have been added to the eBird database.

We invite you to come birding at the 29 Palms Inn, and to participate by submitting all observations to the eBird database. This database provides scientists, researchers and naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and by submitting your findings it not only allows researchers to learn more about the birds you find, but also, and equally important, the birds the you didn’t find in the area. All of this information combined helps researchers better understand bird behavior in response to environmental change.

29 Palms Inn Bird Checklist [PDF]


29 Palms Inn eBird website


This checklist is a quick look at what one might expect to find as you stroll the grounds of the Inn or take the Oasis of Mara Nature Trail from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center. The most common types are marked with a C on the list. Depending on the time of year more migrants will be observed.

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