Pioneertown & Joshua Tree

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This Pioneertown four-day adventure is a celebration of modern desert life. We'll sip local mezcal under starry skies, treat ourselves to a "sound bath" made by a ufologist, wake for desert yoga, and scramble up boulders at Joshua Tree.

Day 1 | January 31

Welcome to the Mojave! We meet up in Palm Springs then head out to explore the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. We’ll hike under wide-open skies to a lush oasis on the San Andreas Fault. On the way, we learn about the stark beauty of the scenery as well scramble up boulders and past the park’s namesake trees, so twisted and unique they inspired Dr Seuss’ art.

We’ll reach our new Pioneertown home in time for sunset cocktails. Our dinner here comes in a deluxe “open-air” camp kitchen serving delicious fare. Afterwards we’ll sit by the campfire and watch the huge sky of stars.

Day 2 | February 1

Wake early for morning yoga in the desert, then we learn how and why modern pioneers – artists, musicians, designers – are settling into Pioneertown and nearby Flamingo Heights. Next, we climb into an acoustically perfect dome designed by a ufologist after his encounter with creatures from Venus (yep, Venus). We’ll enjoy a group “sound bath,” as quartz crystal bowls are played by wands, offering deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

We relocate deep in the desert, for an open-air dinner backed by enormous boulders and facing out to Wonder Valley. And finish our day at a fireside chat about local sustainability efforts.

Day 3 | February 2

Pack the hat and sunscreen. This morning we have an option of hikes: an easy walk up to Pipes Canyon, or a more challenging climb of Chaparrosa Peak. We’ll have lunch back at Pioneertown and have a few hours to explore the film set or relax in hammocks. 

Later we’ll regroup for a mezcal tasting made by a local music producer. It’s our last night, and we’ll celebrate at Pappy and Harriet’s, an unabashed honky tonk famous for cold beers, classic barbecue and a live bands. Afterwards, we’ll finish the day by bonfire under a star-filled sky.

Day 4 | February 3

Aww, our last morning. Wake up early or sleep in a little. To help you ease into the morning, after the big night out, we’ll set out a Bloody Mary Bar at our farewell brunch feast. Hey, if you’re still feeling adventurous, our trip mixologist offers new, personalized recipes for the ultimate desert breakfast cocktail. Then we pack up and head back to Palm Springs where we say goodbyes and part ways – with new memories and friends, and an expanded appreciation of modern desert life.

Thank you.

Where We Sleep

You'll hang your hat at a cowboy-chic, vintage motel on a 1940s film set in the desert.

Pioneertown Motel

Anchor of Pioneertown's "Mane Street," the Pioneertown Motel is a 19-room desert inn with an Old West style that’s a perfect match for this movie set of a town. The town and motel, built in 1946 by Roy Rogers, is surrounded by protected lands and flat-top desert mesas.

Inside, you'll see that your living room has gone all desert chic. That means wi-fi and modern bathrooms — but still no TVs or phones to disrupt the tranquility. It's hard not to love waking up to crisp, clear mornings and the deep silence of the desert.

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  1. What is included in the price?

    Three nights at Pioneertown Motel; private transport from Palm Springs to Pioneertown; private transport for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; food and beverage tastings; entrance fees; daily breakfast, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.

  2. What is not included?

    Transport to/from the Palm Springs area; single supplement; travel insurance; transport to the trip start; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. How many people on the trip?

    We limit the group to no more than 20 fellow adventurers. You can expect to be joined by a diverse range of fellow travelers – including solo travelers, couples, and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive.

  4. Do I pay a supplement for a single room?

    Yes, there is a $500 supplement for solo travelers who want to stay in a single room, to be paid after your booking is confirmed.

  5. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund, minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)

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