In the middle of Southern California’s high desert, the small city of Twentynine Palms remains one of the most interesting places to visit and rent an RV. The town gets its name for the 29 palm trees that were planted by the Serrano indigenous peoples around the Oasis of Mara. Col. Henry Washington first surveyed the area over 150 years ago.
This sleepy desert community is far removed from the bright lights of Los Angeles and San Diego, although both of these world-class cities can be reached with ease when you book an RV in Twentynine Palms. Some people assume that there is nothing going on in Twentynine Palms due to its remote location, but this hidden gem of a town is a magical place full of mystery and surreal beauty. The serene desert landscapes captivate visitors, blindsided by the sheer beauty of the surrounding areas. Joshua Tree National Park borders the town to the south, giving it one of its most valuable assets. This incredible park is responsible for most of the town’s tourism, solidifying it as a fantastic place to rent an RV.
Many people assume that the deserts of Southern California are barren and devoid of excitement. This could not be any further from the truth. Hidden in these uninhabited lands, you can find unimaginable beauty. Take for example the nearby San Bernardino National Forest or Angeles National Forest, both of which border the Los Angeles metro area to the east and north respectively. The San Bernardino National Forest elegantly marries the harsh desert with the mountainous forests outside the city, with stunning mountain peaks that can be conquered by adventurous souls. San Jacinto Peak, in particular, makes for a difficult but ultimately rewarding trek. When you rent an RV in Twentynine Palms, both Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino Forest have lots to offer and are only a short drive away.
Lake Havasu State Park is found in the other direction, over on California’s shared border with Arizona. The park technically belongs to Arizona but is enjoyed by citizens of both states. You can camp along the lakeshore with your Twentynine Palms camper rental, and swim in the refreshing waters of the desert lake. Boating and fishing are commonly enjoyed at Lake Havasu, as is the delightful Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden which possesses an eclectic mix of desert cactuses and other types of flora. Keep on driving your Twentynine Palms motorhome rental through northern Arizona and stumble upon one of the country’s most popular attractions. Grand Canyon National Park brings in over six and a half million people each year to enjoy the stunning vistas overlooking the massive chasm inscribed in the Earth's crust by millions of years of erosion caused by the Colorado River. You can hike down to the depths of the canyon and get up close and personal with the river, or climb and discover hidden pockets throughout the park. There are several campgrounds where you can stay while you explore the park in your Twentynine Palms camper rental, so don’t hesitate to venture to the distant park if you have the time.
Joshua Tree National Park is also frequently visited and remains one of the country’s most popular parks. This incredible park was selected for preservation due to its unique ecosystem caused by the blending of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, which have their own distinct qualities. The desert park is dotted with the eponymous Joshua trees, which adequately symbolize the strange park and all its characteristics. You can hike through the park, climb its ancient rocky structures, or enjoy a late-night bonfire under the darkened night skies.
RV Parks to Visit
Finding a place to camp out in the desert is an easy dilemma to solve, especially with Joshua Tree National Park’s presence nearby. There are plenty of campgrounds found in the park alone that campers can utilize, like Indian Cove Campground, Sheep Pass Campground, Ryan Campground, and Belle Campground. These amazing campsites are spacious, with incredibly clear skies to gaze upon at night.
Palm Springs/Joshua Tree KOA Campground is close to town, with a pool and hot tub open year-round, a mini golf course, and bicycle rentals for active guests. Joshua Tree Lake RV Park & Campground is located on a small fishing lake and hosts lots of events and small music festivals throughout the year. There are plenty of other places to stay when you rent an RV in Twentynine Palms, so start planning your exciting adventure today.
Although it is located way out in the desert, Twentynine Palms has some wonderful restaurants, breweries, shops, art galleries, and other fun attractions to keep you occupied in between desert excursions. Since Joshua Tree National Park is the largest attraction in or around town, it is only fair to mention the Oasis Visitor Center, an informative resource to learn about the desert before you head out into it. There are knowledgeable park rangers who can answer all your questions about the important desert ecosystems, and a shop to pick up nifty souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center keeps with the outdoor theme and provides tourists with a fun place to learn not only about the town’s surroundings but the intoxicatingly ethereal skies that grace the town each night. The center is a hands-on oriented institution where obtaining knowledge is a key pursuit.
The Old Schoolhouse Museum is operated by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, located in one of the oldest buildings in the area. This museum is wonderfully maintained and preserved, much to the delight of guests who cherish the opportunity to see old artifacts from the olden days.