California Deserts Visitor Information

Soaking Up the California Desert

Reinvigorate yourself both spiritually and physically on an adventure that explores desert national parks and small towns. With spring-fed mineral pools, epic landscapes, and occasional glimpses of the desert’s creative and eccentric side, this trip will leave you energized and inspired.

Trip Time: 3–4 days, Total Distance: 353mi/567km

  • Desert Hot Springs. Get pampered with a clay and sandalwood wrap, then dip into mineral pools at The Spring Resort & Spa. With décor out of Marrakesh, El Morocco Inn & Spa offers soothing, exotic escapes. INFO at
  • Landers (36mi/58km). Take a healing “sound bath” at the Integratron, a domed structure said to have rejuvenating powers.
  • Joshua Tree National Park (17mi/27km). Take a drive through the park and be inspired by the desert panorama at Keys View. Savor healthy gluten-free and vegan dishes at Natural Sisters Café (61695 29 Palms Highway; 760-366-3600).
  • Amboy (50mi/80km). Climb to the top of Amboy Crate, a National Natural Landmark, for expansive Mojave views. Pick up snacks and souvenirs at Roy’s, a Route 66 landmark.
  • Kelso (42mi/68km). Attend a ranger talk and see art exhibits at Mojave National Preserve’s Kelso Depot Visitor Center . Drive up Kelso Cima Road and hike Teutonia Peak Trail on Cima Dome—home to the world’s largest Joshua tree forest.
  • Baker (63mi/101km). Behold the world’s tallest thermometer, then dine on gyros, hummus, and other Mediterranean specialties at The Mad Greek (72112 Baker Blvd.; 760-733-4354).
  • Tecopa (54mi/86km). Chill out in the hot spring mineral baths at remote and rustic Tecopa Hot Springs Resort. Fill up on fresh dates and baked goods at China Ranch Date Farm.
  • Death Valley Junction (35mi/56km). Experience the artistic vision of dance legend and painter Marta Becket during performances at historic Amargosa Opera House.
  • Death Valley National Park (31mi/51km). See the Lower 48’s highest peak (Mt. Whitney) and lowest point (Badwater) from Dante’s View. Wake up early for the inspiring, world-famous sunrise at Zabriskie Point.

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Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.