Riding to Joshua Tree National Park

Riding to Joshua Tree National Park

Desert Riding in Joshua Tree

Originally declared a national monument in 1936, Joshua Tree was re-designated as a national park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. We've been to Joshua Tree a handful of times, but have never filmed an episode for the channel, so we decided hit the road and share some good times exploring our own back yard. 

Part of the day was spent swapping out different bikes that we were filming on, then we set off from EagleRider Los Angeles out on the various highways with our first stop in 29 Palms at the Sand to Snow Monument Bar. We didn't really have plans for lunch and just pulled into the first place we saw, and needless to say, it was pretty much just a bar with a few food offerings that seemed to be cooked in the microwave. Great bar though! That's just how it goes on the road sometimes.

From 29 Palms, it took about 40 minutes to make our way into Joshua Tree National Park where we would check out a handful of attractions with our remaining daylight. We walked a few small trails, checked out some rock climbers, and took in some scenery while cruising through the park, then decided to go see the famous "Skull Rock" as our final stop off of the bikes. Most of these attractions have loop hikes starting from the parking lot but we just walked around the area, getting a good look at the terrain and some of the surrounding landscape and snapped a few pictures.  "Skull Rock is an iconic boulder in Joshua Tree National Park that bears resemblance to a human skull. This popular landmark is quite easy to access and even visible off of the main Park Boulevard. Those hoping to get an up close view of the rock can park either at the Live Oak Picnic Area or Jumbo Rocks Campground and walk less than half a mile to it."

We had originally planned to ride up to "Keys View" for sunset, which is perched on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, providing panoramic views of the Coachella Valley but decided to get into Pioneertown with some light and catch the sunset there instead. Pioneertown has a few hotels and stays, most of which were fully booked as there was a wedding in town, so we booked the well-known Red Cabin right on the main strip which ended up being one of our favorite stays of the year. We played some vinyl, enjoyed the views, then walked down the road to Pappy & Harriets for some good 'ol steak, whiskey, and live music before checking out the Red Dog Saloon for some libations before taking a few steps back over to the cabin for the night!

Overall, it was a great day exploring and there was another full day ahead, checking out ghost towns and desert roads!

See you down the road..

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  • Steve Rossi: April 04, 2024

    Hey Guys! Thanks for this great video. I love the production quality (kudos Josh!) and the outtakes are so fun! Keeping it real! I love riding and exploring new places, and I’m always so grateful when you show us new places! Pioneertown and Calico are now on my list of short rides out of SoCal! Keep up the great work!

  • Devin: March 27, 2024

    I absolutely enjoyed the out takes at the end. The burning of sage. Awesome. Stay safe out there.

  • Marc Nester: March 27, 2024

    I live in the Philly area and would like to meet you guys while you’re in my home town. Any meet up’s planned? I would ride to Gettysburg if you guys don’t mind company. I’m not far from the airport south near West Chester Pa.

  • Frank Rosales: March 27, 2024

    Digging your stuff.
    Keep up the good work..

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