Things to See and Do in Twentynine Palms, California
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Things to See and Do in Twentynine Palms, California

The city of Twentynine Palms situated in California's Mojave Desert has a myriad of things to do and see for visitors and locals alike. From nature lovers to heritage buffs from sports enthusiasts to theatre goers, Twentynine Palms can accommodate you all. For a list of the most popular attractions on offer in Twentynine Palms, California, read my short overview of the city, here.....

Twentynine Palms is a city of twenty five thousand people situated in the Mojave Desert of San Bernadino County, in the south, east of California.

The city was founded by former gold miners in 1920 along part of what was once the Utah Trail and named after twenty nine palm trees which were situated there, many of which still remain.

The area's history is centred around the nineteenth century California Goldrush, but better known today for the four hundred acre, Chemhuevi AmeriIndian Reservation, The Band of Mission Indians, established in 1895 and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre, a base of over eight thousand military personnel, which was established in 1949.

For visitors to this desert locale there are several attractions in and around the city, the most famous of which is the Joshua Tree National Park, named after the vast Yucca forests which cover the area.The park is situated between the higher Mojave and the lower Colorado deserts and the Coachella Valley. This 1,235 square mile park is a designated wilderness of mountains and desert, which has become a popular location for hikers, climbers and bird watchers.

The park also hosts several attractions pertaining to it's gold rush heritage, including Barker Dam, Wall Street Mill and Keys Ranch.

Twentynine Palms has four large city parks. Bucklin Park on Twentynine Palms Highway, a favourite picnicing area for locals, Knott Sky Park on El Sol Avenue with it's vast children's playground, Luckie Park on Two Mile Road with it's popular swimming pool and Veterans Park situated on Adobe Road, which has become a haven of quiet reflection with it's stately trees and displays in honour of America's war dead. 

For sports enthusiasts there are two golf courses, the nine hole Road Runner Dunes Golf Club on Desert Knoll Avenue and an eighteen hole course at Desert Winds Golf Club situated at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre.

The Twentynine Palms Sports and Recreation Centre on Joe Davis Drive offers a large indoor sports programme and outdoor facilities which include open air shows and summer camps.

Bowladium on Gorgonio Drive is a large bowling and entertainment facility complete with bowling lanes, pro shop, video games, a popular lounge bar and cafe.

Cultural attractions in Twentynine Palms include Theatre 29 on Sullivan Road, a must for live shows and theatrical productions, an art gallery on Cottonwood Drive, a classic American Drive - In on Adobe Road, the Smith's Ranch Drive - In Movie, the chance to take part in interactive, creative classes at the Twentynine Palms Creative Centre and Gallery, also on Adobe Drive and the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, situated in the one roomed Old Schoolhouse on National Park Drive, an absolute must for those interested in the history of the gold rush and the part Twentynine Palms played in that great era of American history.

For more visitor information about this historical city, including specialist attractions for teenagers and senior citizens , please visit these local websites -  

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                                                                     The Joshua Tree. 

                                            All images courtesy of wikimedia commons.

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Comments (6)

Nice one Dee Bee. Been there, done that.

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Ahh that's interesting Jerry, hope I got it all correct, I wrote this in answer to a question on the forum.

Really nice share!  My sister and and her husband live in this area.  Haven't been yet, but look forward to visting soon. Thanks for the info.

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That's great Donata, hope you enjoy your stay. 

I had never heard of Twentynine Palms before, but due to my job I had heard of the Joshua Tree National Park.

Thank you for the travel guide.Well done!

Sounds like there are many things to do in Twnety-nine Palms. What an interesting looking tree!