If you’ve been following my journey for awhile you will be the first to know that I’m beyond enamored with the beauty of Joshua Tree. Though I’ve lived in the desert for my entire life I never ventured much into the high desert until the past year or so and needless to say, I’m hooked.
After many trips and endless, jaw-dropping photoshoots I’ve learned a thing or two about spending the afternoon in JTree and the valley and I’m excited to share 3 things you probably didn’t know about Joshua Tree.
Wonky Thrift Shops
While thrifting has easily become the newest and coolest trend I’ve never had much of a hand for it and you won’t find many bohemian, vintage rugs or jean jackets in Palm Desert. But once you’ve gone over the hill and land in Yucca Valley you’ll find yourself in a weird 90’s nostalgia of perfectly curated thrift shops that will keep you occupied for hours on the way to Joshua Tree’s National Park.
Before embarking on your thrifting journey stop at Frontier Cafe and grab a coffee (I’d recommend an almond milk latte with an extra shot).
Vintage hot spots in the area: Hoof & The Horn, Funky and Darn Near New, Hoodoo and Trailer Trash (the owner will bargain with you).
Free Admission After 5:00pm
While I was surprised by the whopping $20 admission per car I’ve found that the perfect shooting time is when the park is “closed”. I will almost alway begin my photoshoots about an hour before sunset and from May-October that works out perfectly because the sun doesn’t set until roughly 7:45pm. While the park says it is always open the guards are only there until about 5pm charging the entrance fee but if you arrive anytime after that you get in for free 🙂
Crazy Golden Sunsets
And last, but certainly not least, my heart swoons at the thought of shooting at sunset. Honestly, nothing compares to the way the light reflects off of the rocks and golden dirt throughout the national park. I just haven’t gotten sick of its beauty and it certainly outshines the glory of Palm Springs, HANDS DOWN.
That being said – I’m excited to share some images from a recent session and if you ever find yourself in Joshua Tree and want some photos taken you know who to email 😉