Twentynine Palms National Parks & Wilderness Areas

National Parks, Landmarks and Wilderness Areas

In addition to the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park, there are other national landmarks and wilderness areas to visit. Cleghorn Wilderness Area, Sheephole Wilderness Area, and Mojave National Preserve offer hours or days of exploring all the interesting features present in those areas.

Joshua Tree National Park

Website   •   2.3 Miles
Oasis Visitor Center
LOCATION: 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA (760)367-5525

29 Palms Joshua Tree National Park

For those of you seeking a beautiful, unspoiled, natural high desert landscape, Joshua Tree National Park offers 790,000 acres of mountain climbing, rock climbing, hiking, beautiful cacti and wildflowers, native birds and animals and some of the most incredible rock formations in the world. You’ll certainly want to bring along your camera or artist’s paints.

There are many other opportunities for adventure at Joshua Tree National Park, including numerous hiking and biking trails, camping, horseback riding, self-guided and Ranger-led tours of various historic sites like the Desert Queen Ranch. There are also numerous opportunities for birding, stargazing, and viewing wildflowers.
Another fascinating activity is visiting old gold mines. There are eight gold mining districts in Joshua Tree National Park, featuring old mines from the California Gold Rush days. The mines most easily visited are the Mastodon in the Cottonwood Spring District, the Lost Horse, Gold Coin and the Silver Bell in the Middle Pinyon District, and the Desert Queen in the northern Pinyon District.

When visiting Joshua Tree National Park, stop at the Visitor Center first to learn about the many hiking and biking trails and other points of interest in the park. The Visitor Center offers Park information, exhibits, maps, cards, books, guides & videos.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park:

  • Backcountry Roads
  • Hiking
  • Ranger Programs
  • Backpacking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Birding
  • Keys Ranch Tour
  • Stargazing
  • Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Geology Motor Tour
  • Nature Walks

Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness Area

Website   •   18.9 Miles
Bureau of Land Management
LOCATION: Barstow Field Office (760) 252-6000

Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness Area

Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness 38,000 acres of protected wilderness and is named for the dry lakes found here. The Wilderness includes the Bullion Mountains to the east, a desert valley to the west, and the dry lake beds in the center. A wide variety of wildlife and desert plants can be seen here, including desert bighorn sheep in the mountains, the threatened desert tortoise in the valley, barrel cactus and “smoke trees” in some of the washes, occasional wildflower displays in the Lakes, and Crucifixion Thorn near the eastern edge of the wilderness boundary. Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, non-commercial trapping, hiking, horseback riding, camping, birding and stargazing. Visit the web site to learn more and visit for information about wilderness areas and guidelines.

Things to do in Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness Area:

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Trapping
  • Horseback Riding Permitted
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Pets Permitted

Sheephole Valley Wilderness

Website   •   40.8 Miles
Bureau of Land Management
INFO: Needles Field Office (760) 326-7000

Sheephole Valley Wilderness

The Sheephole Valley Wilderness is a total of 187,516 acres that include the Sheephole Mountains, the Calumet Mountains, and the intervening Sheephole Valley. Recreational opportunities in the Wilderness include hiking, horseback riding, hunting, camping, rock hounding, photography, and backpacking. Hiking here is challenging due to the lack of water & the expanse of the wilderness. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep, the threatened desert tortoise, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, ground squirrels, kangaroo rats, quail, roadrunners, rattlesnakes, and several species of lizards. Visit the web site to learn more and visit for information about wilderness areas and guidelines.

Things to do in Sheephole Valley Wilderness Area:

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Trapping
  • Horseback Riding Permitted
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Pets Permitted

Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark

Website   •   49.6 Miles
Bureau of Land Management
INFO: Needles Field Office (760) 326-7000

Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark

Amboy Crater is a volcanic cinder cone off of Highway 66 (Historic Route 66), a 45-minute drive northeast of Twentynine Palms. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973, being recognized for its visual and geological significance. The picturesque cone rises 250 feet above the Mojave Desert floor. The hiking trail that leads to the top and back is a 1/2-day walk and provides a majestic 360-degree view and is a great place for a picnic.

The inside of the 250′ high crater contains two lava dams behind which has formed small lava lakes. These are now flat in general appearance, covered with light colored clay, creating the impression of miniature “dry lakes.” There is a breach on the west side of the crater where basaltic lava poured out over a vast area. Beyond the crater lies 24 square miles of lava flow containing such features as lava lakes, collapsed lava tubes and sinks, spatter cones and massive flows of basalt.

Mojave National Preserve

Website   •   54.6 Miles
INFO: Visitor Information (760) 252-6100

Mojave National Preserve

The Mojave National Preserve is a day trip from Twentynine Palms, but one worth taking. The 1.6 million acre Mojave National Preserve is the third largest national parkland in the continental U.S. The Preserve is mostly undeveloped, but there are a few campgrounds and a modest visitor information center. The Preserve offers extraordinary scenery and the freedom to explore.

The unique landscape provides opportunities to explore western history, ancient geologic times, singing sand dunes, volcanic explosions, limestone caverns, and the largest Joshua tree forest. Of particular interest are Kelso Dunes (55.7 mi), Providence Mountains State Recreational Area (63.1 mi), Kelso Depot Visitor Center (88.5 mi), and Mitchell Caverns (103 mi). Regional Guide Books & Maps are available at Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms and you can visit the web site for additional information.

Things to do in Mojave National Preserve:

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Trapping
  • Horseback Riding Permitted
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Pets Permitted

Featured 29 Palms Area Things to Do Near Sunnyvale Garden Suites:

Guest Reviews

  • It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!

    It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!

    I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel! I found this unique, quiet place through the online reviews, and I couldn't have been happier with my stay. I used Sunnyvale Garden as my home base while I hiked in Joshua Tree National Park for five days. I booked a junior suite, which was wonderful for a solo traveler. The full kitchen allowed me to have breakfast in my room as well as to pack a picnic lunch for my hikes inside the park. The bed was so comfortable and the room so quiet that I slept like a baby! Management was always available, and they were very friendly and responsive to my needs.

    I felt so at home and relaxed at this pretty, quaint hotel that I truly didn't want to check out and go home! If you're planning to visit Joshua Tree National Park but want a hot shower and a comfortable, spacious room just minutes from the park, this is definitely the place to stay. Kudos to the staff for their wonderful service, too. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Twentynine Palms!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Irvine, CA

  • Felt Welcomed

    Felt Welcomed

    Units are essentially small apartments complete with everything one would need to stay short or long term. They accomodated our dog. The interior decor could use some updating but the service and friendliness encountered overshadowed any drabness. Clean inside out.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Toronto

  • Enjoy something different.

    Enjoy something different.

    We loved staying here, not an assembly line motel but a place with personality. Don't expect elegant, do expect quirky and fun, and roomy, and convenient. Like the desert relics worked into the landscaping; like bedroom, dining area, kitchen, seating area, and a grill outside; close to Joshua Tree, just off the main street where the murals are. With a visiting roadrunner and quail in the bushes. Do check what supplies are actually there before shopping, and be careful of the oddly placed posts in the parking area but apart from that, if you're open to something a little different but still like having a home away from home - you'll love this place. (PS I originally wrote this review right after staying there - with pictures, but it never showed up so I'm submitting it again because the place was worth it.)

    Trip Advisor Guest, South Jersey

  • What a wonderful hotel!

    What a wonderful hotel!

    What a wonderful place to stay, a real home away from home. The kitchen allowed me to cook my own food, and the 2 bedroom suite made me feel like I was more in a nice condo then a hotel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Washington DC

  • It was pleasant and comfortable.

    It was pleasant and comfortable.

    The owner was very kind to us from the moment we arrived. He was personable and willing to do whatever was needed to make our stay better. The suites were like little houses. Everything was clean and comfortable. If you are in town to see Joshua Tree National Park, it is the perfect location... only a couple minutes drive away. I only wish we could have stayed for more than one night!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Delaware

  • This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.

    This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.

    I loved having a kitchen in the hotel so that we could save money on meals. It was a great place to relax on a budget. The staff is friendly and always available when you need them. It doesn't have a swimming pool, but it does have a hot tub.

    Trip Advisor Guest, St. Louis, MO

  • Wonderful play to stay!

    Wonderful play to stay!

    What a wonderful place to stay, I especially liked the look and feel of my suite. The grounds were very well maintained and the staff were extremely cordial, even offered to help with the luggage as I checked in, and were very accomodating to my unique needs.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Pablo

  • If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.

    If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.

    This was not what we expected but that was because I did not pay attention to description in AAA, which labeled it a condominium. If you are looking for a typical hotel or motel, this is not the place for you. It is really in a residential area and is a true condominium apartment. It has a full kitchen, living room, dining area, separate bedroom. It was handy for preparing breakfast and keeping our picnic items cool. The staff was nice. We had a problem getting heat but Tony was quick to respond and fix it. The shower was a bit strange. The grounds were nice. It was generally quiet. It is undergoing renovation and will probably become a real nice place to stay as long as it is what you are looking for and not a traditional motel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Southern California

  • They treated us like family!

    They treated us like family!

    The owner (Tony) started working with us even before we arrived. He assured that we had more than a comfortable room, and that we have everything we need and some special requests for our extended stay. Luis, Steve, Mo, and the two new cleaning girls that started the last three weeks that we were here, treated us like family. The grounds are always very clean, the rooms are spotless, and the staff was always available within in minutes for anything we needed. Sunnyvale is a hidden treasure snuggled in a hidden cove away from the main streets of Twentynine Palms.

    There is no place in the area that could offer the combination of atmosphere, customer service, cleanliness, and decor that we got there. Now that we moved into a home in the area, everyone who comes to visit us will stay at Sunnyvale. We would like to thank Tony and Steve especially for going out of their way to give us some special requests that we needed during our extended stay from September 27 until December 4, 2009. We will miss the whole staff and they will receive an invitation to our housewarming when we get all settled. Thank you for the Precious Moments we had at Sunnyvale!!

    Trip Advisor Guest, 29 Palms

  • Lovely place, quiet, clean and different

    Lovely place, quiet, clean and different

    We stayed just for one night and were very pleased to find a place that is different from the usual cookie-cutter motels. We enjoyed the jacuzzi and had a restful sleep. The room was very clean and had a real kitchen and we are thinking of coming back for a family reunion because we liked the layout of the rooms, like small cabins in clusters with small alleyways separating them. For a surcharge we were also able to bring our dog. The location was also ideal, sort of tucked away from the highway. The only thing I would improve is the mattress of the folding bed.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Francisco

  • Very comfortable and relaxing

    Very comfortable and relaxing

    We stayed at the hotel for a single night and had a very nice stay. The location is very quiet and very close to the 29 Palms entrance of Joshua Tree NP. We chose to stay there because of the good reviews and did not regret it. The gardens of the hotel are very nice and our room was very spacious. Would like to come again and stay a little longer!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Graz

  • Best Hotel in town, very friendly staff

    Best Hotel in town, very friendly staff

    Stayed here during a visit of the Joshua Tree National Park in December 2009. Very friendly staff, stay was uncomplicated. All rooms are unique and arranged as little bungalows. Perfect for a longer stay, During summer time you can use the grill outside of each room.

    Trip Advisor Guest, New York