The best Joshua Tree resorts
Joshua Tree National Park is a mystical desert escape full of hiking trails and otherworldly views, accessible from some truly unique Joshua Tree resorts located nearby.
East of LA and north of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is one of America’s most well-known destinations and a southern California treasure. Famous for its iconic trees – a type of Yucca native to the Mojave Desert and many an Instagram grid – more than 3,000 kilometres of desert landscape, epic stargazing and spellbinding sunrises and sunsets, Joshua Tree is an unforgettable place to visit in the US.
To ensure your visit is full of wonders both within and around your resort, we’ve compiled a collection of some of the best hotels near Joshua Tree National Park below.
Made up of a combination of the hotter, lower, Colorado Desert and the wetter, higher, and more vegetated, Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree has a mix of two ecosystems differing wildly in appearance. The Colorado in the west is more sparse and drier, with the somewhat wetter Mojave in the east covered in Joshua trees and epic boulders.
Despite such rugged and sparse terrain Joshua Tree is home to an incredibly large variety of wildlife, including coyotes, lynx, deer, bobcats, snakes, bats, desert bighorn sheep and tarantulas, to name just some of them.
With such a vast area of natural wonder stretching out across southern California it might be hard to know where to start and what to see.
Some of the most popular things to do in Joshua Tree include:
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
One of the most popular and scenic hiking trails in Joshua Tree this mile-long loop winding through massive boulders has stunning views, and is also believed to be a legendary cattle rustlers’ hideout.
Cholla Cactus Garden
A unique cactus garden made even more beautiful by sunrise and sunset.
Exactly as it sounds, an enormous boulder with an eery likeness to a skull, with two deep depressions like eye sockets eroded into its face.
Joshua Tree’s highest viewpoint perched on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains offering panoramic views of the mountains and Coachella Valley.
Just shy of 5,500 feet high Ryan Mountain has incredible views of Pinto Basin, Lost Horse Valley, Queen Valley, and Pleasant Valley.
Constructed by early cattlemen in 1900 Barker Dam, or Big Horn Dam, is a water storage reservoir with popular hiking trails around it.
Arch Rock Nature Trail
Hike through the boulder-strewn desert to the Arch Rock a mesmerising natural rock formation.
With so much outdoorsy activity you’ll want some serious luxury to come back to. Below you’ll find a selection of the best places to stay near Joshua Tree National Park, including some truly stunning Joshua Tree luxury resorts, boutique hotels and guesthouses.
If you’re looking for amazing places to travel to across the US you might also like to read our guide to the best luxury Tucson hotels and unique desert retreats and browse our full collection of USA luxury resorts.
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Retreat to Rancho Mirage
Set above Coachella Valley, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers an elevated experience of a timeless destination. Modern design invites connections with the desert, from stunning valley views at The Edge Steakhouse to holistic spa rituals inspired by the land, while the storied past of Palm Springs complements the resort’s elegant luxury. Enjoy spacious accommodations, an exclusive Club Lounge and more than 30,000 sq ft of event space.
For those seeking hiking trails, rock-climbing, camping or simply gorgeous desert terrain, Joshua Tree National Park is just a short drive from Rancho Mirage, putting it high on the list for the award of Joshua Tree best hotel.
Boutiquely Palm Springs.
La Maison Hotel
La Maison Hotel is a secluded and romantic 13-room European-inspired hotel in Palm Springs, offering the highest level of hospitality in a French Mediterranean setting.
Secluded and romantic
This Palm Springs boutique hotel is a Mediterranean-inspired property, complete with clay tile roofs, terracotta floors, and a walled garden, offering a tranquil place for you to unwind.
The unique ambiance combines the relaxing colors and warmth of Provence with the vibrant energy of Palm Springs. Spend the day lounging by the pool in the charming inner courtyard. At night, enjoy the most peaceful sleep on your feather bed dressed in imported luxury linens.
La Maison Hotel is a short distance to downtown which is home to many restaurants, eclectic consignment stores, and the very popular Thursday Night Villagefest, and is an hours’ drive from Joshua Tree.
A romantic retreat of eternal sunshine.
The Ingleside Inn is a desert oasis in the heart of Palm Springs and home to the legendary Melvyn’s.
A new heydey
If you’re looking to combine Hollywood glamour with your Joshua Tree resort then you’ll want to consider the Ingleside Inn.
Behind the hedges, enter the courtyard and inviting salon living room of this Spanish Revival landmark. A relaxed elegance continues through its 30 hideaway rooms and suites, lush lawn with pool and hot tub lined with Italian shaded loungers, fire pit, and hammock…and continues at the iconic Melvyn’s Restaurant & Casablanca Lounge. Brass-keyed rooms blend plush velvets and natural materials, with handsome beds dressed in luxurious linens and Denver mattresses. Freshly minted bathrooms offer showers spacious enough for two. Most rooms offer private sun terraces.
Ingleside arrived in Hollywood social circles as doyenne Ruth Hardy’s invitation-only hideaway, with Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and Marilyn Monroe just a handful of fabled icons signing the register. Decades later, owner Mel Haber ushered in a 1970s renaissance, restoring and opening the inn to the public, and adding Melyvn’s restaurant and lounge. Other famous guests include Frank Sinatra, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
Set at the foot of rugged Mt. San Jacinto, you don’t need to stray beyond your shaded Italian lounger to enjoy Ingleside’s idyllic surrounds, full of fragrant citrus, hot-pink bougainvillea, mesquite trees and climbing vines. Poolside yoga, weekend meditation classes, lawn croquet, and tennis are all on offer. For adventures farther afield, grab a hotel bicycle and tour the modernist marvels of downtown Palm Springs or you can take a pre-dawn hike on the eerily illuminated Palm Desert trail to see the sun rise over the famous cross at the top as well as getting a good view of Joshua Tree and the Santa Rosa mountains. You can drive to Joshua Tree itself from the Ingleside Inn in around an hour.
The day I awoke & started dreaming.
Parker Palm Springs
The ultimate desert escape. Parker Palm Springs is a place to relax, retreat, and indulge.
Boutique luxury hotel in Palm Springs
A regular venue for various events during Coachella Music Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Parker Palm Springs is no stranger to an A-list guest list. Robert Downey, Jr. Barbra Streisand, Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian have all reportedly stayed here.
There are three tranquil pools, wonderfully unique rooms and beautifully designed private villas, and excellent food and drink. Parker Palm Springs is all about the luxury, and has to be one of the best Joshua Tree resorts if you’re looking for a little – or a lot – of comfort to go with your forays into the desert wilderness.
Stylish ultimate Palm Springs getaway.
La Serena Villas
La Serena Villas is a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in the heart of Palm Springs.
Originally built in 1933, this Historic Hotel sits on over an acre of beautiful landscaped grounds in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, walking distance to the famous Palm Canyon Drive, where you will find the best restaurants, boutiques and galleries.
Redeveloped as a luxury hotel in 2016 by award winning architect, May Sung, with all the modern amenities of a 5 star hotel. Each piece of furniture, all materials and finishes have been carefully hand picked by interior design group, Avenue Interior Design.
The stunning San Jacinto Mountains are the backdrop for this luxury boutique hotel. The secluded private villas each have a private patio, complete with a romantic claw foot tub, fire-pit, and built in benches.
Its 18 guest rooms, spa, restaurant, bar, and roof top lounge are all designed to create your ultimate Palm Springs getaway.
With the national park around an hour away La Serena Villas are a hidden gem and one of the best Joshua Tree resorts to stay at if you’re looking for a unique and stylish hideaway nearby.
True exclusivity nestled within intimate spaces on 3 acres of gorgeous manicured desert grounds.
L’Horizon Resort Palm Springs
L’Horizon Resort Palm Springs is a luxury boutique hotel by Steve Hermann Hotels.
Glamour and luxury
L’Horizon Resort and Spa brings back the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age through its unique design esthetic by renowned designer Steve Hermann. The 1950’s gem served as a playground for Hollywood A-Lister’s and U. S. Presidents alike.
Now, redeveloped as a luxury resort, it boasts true exclusivity nestled within intimate spaces on 3 acres of gorgeous manicured desert grounds. Its 25 Bungalows are custom designed to emulate luxurious private residences with hand selected materials and finishes. The dramatic mountain backdrop frames the imaginatively designed landscapes to create a striking setting found only at L’Horizon Resort and Spa.
Guests of the property included Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Presidents Reagan and Nixon, as well as countless other luminaries.
So illustrious will your surroundings be you may need a reminder that the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park are only around an hour away.
One of the best Joshua Tree resorts for an unforgettable desert vacation.
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