Best Things to Do in Joshua Tree in April

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Discover the ultimate guide to experiencing Joshua Tree in April! Plan your perfect adventure and make the most of your visit to Joshua Tree National Park this spring. 


Are you ready to embark on an adventure to the magical desert of Joshua Tree in April? As the spring sun warms the earth, Joshua Tree comes alive with colors, blossoming wildflowers, and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, a rock climber, or seeking an incredible sky during all hours of the day, April offers the perfect backdrop in Joshua Tree. 

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A Guide to Joshua Tree in April 

If you have never been to Joshua Tree this time of year, you’re in luck! April brings some of the best conditions of the year for the desert and offers plenty of things to do. Keep scrolling to begin planning your adventure with our ITH guide to the best things to do in Joshua Tree in April. 


Hiking in Joshua Tree 

To begin our list of the best things to do in Joshua Tree in April, we’ll start with the obvious- hiking. Hiking in Joshua Tree during April is an incredible way to experience the beauty of the desert while enjoying the pleasant spring weather. With temperatures warming up but not yet too hot, April is the perfect time to explore the park’s trails. Here are some of the best hikes to try:


Hidden Valley Trail: This easy loop takes you through a scenic valley surrounded by towering rock formations, perfect for spotting wildlife and enjoying the desert.


Barker Dam Trail: This is a short and leisurely hike to a historic dam built by early settlers. Along the way, you’ll pass by ancient petroglyphs and may encounter bighorn sheep and other creatures.


Ryan Mountain Trail: For panoramic views of Joshua Tree, head up the moderate Ryan Mountain Trail. The hike to the summit is rewarded with views of the park’s iconic landscape.


Lost Horse Mine Trail: Explore Joshua Tree’s mining history on this moderate hike to the well-preserved remains of the Lost Horse Mine. Enjoy sweeping desert views along the way.


Bouldering & Climbing 

April in Joshua Tree is a popular time for those who enjoy rock climbing and bouldering, making it one of the best times for outdoor adventures in the park.  April provides ideal conditions for scaling the park’s rock formations. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, there are routes suited to every skill level, offering challenges and breathtaking views along the way. From the world-famous crack climbs to the intricate boulder problems scattered throughout the park, Joshua Tree offers a playground for climbers of all ages and abilities. 


See the Joshua Tree Bloom 

Something that is super unique and obviously one of the best things to do in Joshua Tree in April is to see the Joshua Tree Bloom. As the desert landscape comes alive with bursts of white flowers atop the Joshua trees, the park is transformed into a display of natural beauty. April marks the peak of the blooming season, offering you a chance to witness this phenomenon in all its glory. Seeing the Joshua Tree bloom in April is an experience that encapsulates the essence of springtime and offers some fantastic photo opportunities as well! 

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Stargazing & Astrophotography 

In April, Joshua Tree becomes a haven for stargazing and astrophotography enthusiasts, offering some of the clearest night skies imaginable. As the desert cools in the evening, the stars twinkle brightly overhead, creating a display that’s perfect for capturing photos of the cosmos. Away from the city lights, the darkness of the desert allows for views of celestial wonders like the Milky Way, shooting stars, and distant galaxies. Stargazing in Joshua Tree during April provides an unforgettable opportunity and is undoubtedly one of our favorite activities this time of year. 

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Picnic at Skull Rock in Joshua Tree in April 

For a relaxing afternoon in Joshua Tree in April, consider having a picnic at Skull Rock. This rock formation, shaped like a skull, provides a picturesque backdrop for a memorable picnic experience and is one of the most famous places in the desert. Spread out a blanket, unpack your favorite snacks, and bask in the warmth of the spring. April offers comfortable temperatures, making it the perfect time to enjoy a leisurely meal in nature without the intense heat of summer. 


Day Trip to Pioneer Town 

If you have the extra time, taking a day trip to Pioneer Town is definitely one of the best things to do in Joshua Tree in April. Step into the Old West as you explore this desert outpost, originally built as a movie set in the 1940s. Pioneertown buzzes with activity in April, offering live music performances, cowboy reenactments, and delicious eats at local cafes. After getting your fill of the Wild West atmosphere, head over to the Rock Shop, where you’ll discover a treasure trove of crystals, fossils, and gemstones.


Visit the World Famous Crochet Museum

For a super unique activity in Joshua Tree in April, check out the World Famous Crochet Museum. Shari Elf purchased a retro photo booth and converted it into a neon green museum you could easily call an art installation. This museum showcases a collection of crocheted wonders, ranging from tiny animals to larger-than-life sculptures. In April, you can escape the desert heat and step into a world of whimsy. A visit to the Crochet Museum promises a joyful experience and adds a touch of playful charm to any Joshua Tree adventure in April.

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Watch the Sunrise and Sunset in Joshua Tree in April 

Finally, as April brings clear skies and ideal conditions, remember to catch a sunrise and sunset or two over the desert in Joshua Tree in April. Find a quiet spot to watch the sky transform into a canvas of colors, casting a warm glow over the iconic Joshua trees as the sun goes down. Similarly, catching the sunrise offers an awe-inspiring start to the day as the desert slowly comes to life in golden light. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or seeking moments of peace and quiet, watching the sunsets and sunrises in Joshua Tree promises to be a highlight of your April visit. 


We hope this guide has inspired you to visit Joshua Tree National Park this spring! If you visit, be sure to stop by ITH Coyote Ranch for the best accommodation in the desert.  

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