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Comedy is Serious Stuff

Have some laughs at the Joshua Tree Improv/Comedy Festival, and find out why the people on stage value the human connection.

Julie Pendray Arts & Entertainment

Coleman is part of the same Second City machine that has produced Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy, Martin Short and Joan Rivers. The Second City operates out of Chicago, Hollywood, and Toronto. Radner, the co-creator of the original Saturday Night Live’s annoying yet loveable TV news anchor, Roseanne Roseannadanna, is the subject of the opening

High Desert

The Inn Crowd

The creative souls who own and manage historic properties in the High Desert have been a boon for the region. Their passion for preservation is inspired.

Elizabeth Jenkins Hotels & Resorts

Cattlemen and cactus poachers, miners and musicians, activists and artists. Homesteaders and Harley riders, Native Americans and netpreneurs, tree huggers and trailblazers. For more than 5,000 years, people of all kinds have visited Joshua Tree. What was once a national monument frequented by roughly 30,000 people per year is now an 800,000-acre national park whose popularity is growing at a

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Close Encounters in Joshua Tree

Acclaimed astronomer Jacques Vallee is among the speaker lineup at Contact in the Desert, billed as the largest UFO Conference in the world.

Julie Pendray Attractions

Visitors to Joshua Tree would be hard-pressed not to be affected by the eerie other-worldly quartz monzonite boulders with imaginable faces, a night sky resplendent with brilliant stars, the sense of deep quiet in an area steeped in historical native American habitation, and the wonderful awakening to a sunrise that makes you feel new. Beyond connecting with yourself, some of

pie for the people

The True Opium of the Masses

Joshua Tree residents 
who live there may 
not be all there, but 
they know a good pie.

Lizbeth Scordo Restaurants

FOOD On one of the High Desert’s spectacularly sunny spring weekday afternoons, hours after the lunch rush has come and gone, Pie for 
the People, a frontierland-meets-industrial-looking pizzeria along Joshua Tree’s Twentynine Palms Highway, is still jamming with an eclectic crowd. In a dining room done up with strings of multicolor light bulbs and a Dr. Seuss–style desertscape mural sits

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Wildflower Wonder

Joshua Tree National Park offers two free-entry weekends in April just in time to still catch a glimpse of the wildflowers.

Julie Pendray Attractions

Fuchsia, gold, red and blue blooms are still alive in Joshua Tree National Park because of elevations that reach more than 5,800 feet in places. Capture images like this picturesque sunset at Joshua Tree National Park. VISITOR CENTERS VIDEO: Watch the stars fly by at Joshua Tree National Park. CAMPING Joshua Tree is a world-class climbing destination, with 8,000 routes

Pink Satellite Studios

Abbey Road Warrior

A post-apocalyptic backdrop plays host to trophy guitars, midcentury microphones, 
spa cocktails, and first-class lodging.

Lisa Marie Hart Arts & Entertainment

Led Zeppelin went to Headley Grange, an ivy-enveloped 18th-century English workhouse. Sting holed up in a French château. Since musicians met amplifiers, legendary acts have set up their recording gear in locales they sense will inspire their best work. When it does, insiders talk and soon the place is booked solid. From a cramped Detroit basement that churned out Motown’s

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Rock Star Retreat

Music to a buyer's ear: The Joshua Tree home of singer/songwriter Eric Burdon of The Animals and War is on the market.

Lawrence Karol Real Estate

Many of our desert homes have had a brush with celebrity, but some have gone a step further and inspired a music album: U2’s Joshua Tree, Emmylou Harris’ The Ballad of Sally Rose, The Eagles first album, and Gram Parsons. Add one more. The Santa Barbara-based band Dishwalla recently wrote and recorded their latest release, Juniper Road, in the living

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Desert Done Right

Headed to Joshua Tree National Park? Consider these detours to complete your High Desert experience.

Pamela Price Attractions, Day Trips

Whether you’re hooked on beavertail cactuses and desert iguanas or intrigued by the dozens of galleries and outdoor sculpture studios nestled among the byways that straddle Highway 62 en route to Joshua Tree National Park, one thing is certain: You’re going to find more than one worthy detour. “That’s how my love affair with the High Desert took off,” says

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Comedian Tom Dreesen Shares Laughter’s Greatest Lessons

Legend delivers the punch line to how comedy brought a positive influence to his life

Michelle Roe Arts & Entertainment

In 2014, prior to performing at a tribute event in the desert, Chicago native and legendary comedian, Tom Dreesen made a bold prediction, rhetorically stating, “Will the Cubs ever go the World Series, again?…2016, bet the farm!” Dreesen, a huge Cubs fan, is known for making jokes. But when it comes to his beloved Cubbies, he draws the line. “If