TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
Where to stay
Twin Tanks Campground
WHERE TO HIKE
The hike is about a 3 miles and is moderately strenuous. Once you gain the 1059 feet in elevation, you arrive at 5,457 feet to a rewarding, sweeping view of the park that seems to go on forever. Depending on the time of year, you might just see wildflowers and big horn sheep. Don’t forget to bring a beer for the top -you’ve earned it.
MUST SEE LANDMARK
Keys View may be popular, but for good reason. With panoramic views of Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault, the site is breathtaking. Even though there is bound to be a small crowd, something about the way the sun reflects off the mountainside and vastness of the valley makes everything seem to stand still. Pack yourself a little picnic and post up to take it all in.
WHERE TO SEE SUNRISE/SUNSET
Cholla Cactus Garden
The landscape at Cholla Cactus Garden is unlike most areas of the park. Unlike the usual Joshua trees and boulders, this is a highly concentrated area of cholla cacti, aka the teddy bear cactus. When the sun rises, the cacti glows from the light and it looks awesome. It’s one of the coolest backdrops for photos. Depending where you stay in the park, you need to plan a little time to get out there but it’s worth it.
QUINTESSENTIAL SCENIC DRIVE
Drive from west to south entrance
Stargazing anywhere in the park
WHERE TO REFUEL
WHERE TO ENJOY A COLD ONE
On top of a boulder!
Rock climbing Intersection Rock
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