Best Things To Do In Joshua Tree In May

Ali Sullivan
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The Desert is Heating up in Joshua Tree In May

If you are tired of the city, Joshua Tree is a great destination to explore in May before it gets super hot. You can enjoy the early mornings and late afternoons with ideal temperatures and low humidity.

Find your favorite spots to camp or hang out and enjoy the ideal desert weather in May. Temperatures in May range from 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime to 53 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Be sure you pack warm clothes for the evenings because it can get cold and windy in the desert at night.

Top Events happening in Joshua Tree In May:

Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 16-19, 2024

Enjoy live music with amazing artists from around the world at the Joshua Tree Music Festival’s Music. JTMF is a powerhouse of passionate creativity, community empowerment, and arts education. Experience in the magical Mojave during this weekend is May for an amazing time in Joshua Tree. If you are a music lover, this shouldn’t be missed! You can expect so see a wide range of artists like Fantastic Negrito, Moon Hooch, Steve Poltz, Funk You and many more!

Explore the Cholla Cactus Garden

The Cholla Cactus Garden is approximately 12 miles (20 km) south of the park’s north entrance. This flat loop leads you through nearly 10 acres dominated by the teddybear cholla. This unusual strand of cacti is located in the Pinto Basin for as far as the eye can see. May is the best time of the year to explore as temperatures are mild, crowds are still on the lower side, and spring is in full bloom.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend brings a lot of fun to Joshua Tree! Enjoy the holiday season by camping and having a cook out or picnic in the middle of the desert, surrounded by insane looking Joshua Trees and new friends at ITH Coyote Ranch. Be sure to plan in advance as this weekend is likley to see more visitors and is the kickoff of the summer season.

Milky Way Photography Workshop

Learn the tips and secrets of photographing landscape astrophotography, star trails, the milky way, and deep-sky astrophotography. Joshua Tree is one of the best places in the country for stargazing, and photography lovers can learn to make their favorite memories into lifelong treasures.

Rock Climbing and Bouldering

Joshua Tree’s most popular activity is to hit the slab and crawl around on the jumbo size rocks. There are thousands of routes you can climb. If you are new to the sport, we recommend checking out the Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School to get versed on where to start.

Go Hiking

If you have ever explored Joshua Tree National Park you will understand how vast it really is. There are endless miles of trails and canyons to explore. Always bring plenty of water when you go hiking because the sun can sneak up on you and wear you out. Check out the National Park Website to updated trail and park information.


The Integratron


The Integration was built by ufologist and contactee George Van Tassel. You can enjoy their daily sound bath events to rejuvenate and relax. Be sure to book ahead and get your reservation as it quickly fills up. This is very popular in Joshua Tree, and one of the most unique activities to do in Joshua Tree in May.

Weekly Local Events in Joshua Tree in May:

Saturdays: Joshua Tree Farmers Market

Joshua Tree is a great destination year-round. Many other extraordinary events are happening and listed on the Joshua Tree Guide website.

For info on the live music scene, the Event Brite has a great list of upcoming shows in the desert area.

If you have any questions about other events happening in Joshua Tree, please contact us at the ITH Coyote Ranch Joshua Tree.






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