- Outside of Joshua Tree National Monument and east of Los Angeles
- 9 miles (14 km)
- 10 minutes
- Drivable year round
- There may be area use and/or park entrance fees.
Route 62—Twenty-nine Palms Scenic Highway travels a desert landscape that is desolate but dramatic. Joshua Trees cast strangely shaped shadows over a hot expanse of sand while hundreds of windmills whir mindlessly above it all, one of the few indicators that there is in fact human life somewhere close.
Route 62—Twenty-nine Palms Scenic Highway begins from the junction of I-10 and HWY 62 just east of Los Angeles. Follow HWY 62 until Joshua Tree National Monument and the end of the byway.
The drive ends up in Joshua Tree National Monument, home to huge granite deposits in the middle of the dessert, famous for rock climbing and camping. Hiking is also widely available and is good for getting a sense of desert life and its quiet stillness. Many different cacti and desert plants are continuously in bloom and create a perfect recipe for great photography amongst the silent sands.