FOODIE TRAVELER’S GUIDE: On the Run in Bandon, Oregon

FOODIE TRAVELER’S GUIDE: On the Run in Bandon, Oregon

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southern California, about a 2.5-hour drive from Los Angeles and a 3-hour drive from San Diego. The park has three entrances: the West Entrance in the town of Joshua Tree, the North Entrance in Twentynine Palms, and the South Entrance near Cottonwood Spring. There are numerous campgrounds within the park for van life enthusiasts, with Jumbo Rocks and Hidden Valley being the most popular.

Best time to visit:

The ideal time to visit Joshua Tree National Park is during spring (March-May) and fall (October-November). During these months, the weather is pleasantly warm with daytime temperatures ranging from 70 to 85°F, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, cooking, and stargazing. Summer months can be extremely hot, with temperatures exceeding 100°F, so we recommend avoiding this season if possible. Winter months (December-February) are cooler, with temperatures dropping below freezing at night, but the park is still accessible and offers a unique experience.

Stargazing opportunities:

Joshua Tree National Park is an International Dark Sky Park, making it an ideal location for stargazing. The park’s remote location and low light pollution create a stunning canvas for observing the night sky. Visitors can expect to see the Milky Way, constellations, and shooting stars. The park also hosts Night Sky Festivals, where astronomy enthusiasts can participate in ranger-led stargazing programs, telescope viewings, and presentations.


Joshua Tree is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including desert tortoises, bighorn sheep, and over 250 bird species. You might also encounter black-tailed jackrabbits, coyotes, and kangaroo rats. While exploring the park, make sure to respect the wildlife by keeping a safe distance and not feeding them.

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