A true Angeleno knows that life in the city isn’t complete without a a few road trips out to the high desert. That said, planning an earthy, trend-forward trip to Joshua Tree can entail a ton of planning and ultimately make the experience quite daunting. The desert conditions out at Joshua tree are nothing to play around with—staying cool and hydrated are serious business out there.
That’s where AutoCamp Joshua Tree has changed our whole approach to a weekend away.
AutoCamp has come onto the vacation scene perfectly timed with our rising reticence for planning (basically) anything. Pre-pandemic, there were extra brownie points given for planning every last detail of your vacation. Nowadays, the thought of even having to open Yelp for a good restaurant has us in decision fatigue.
That’s why the more we learn about AutoCamp, the more obsessed with it we become. With next-level scenic locations across the West Coast (and some East Coast and Southern spots, too!), AutoCamp is transforming the way singles, couples, extended families and friend groups gather well. Imagine immersing your crew into stunning natural surroundings with all the amenities and charm of a boutique hotel.
+ Custom Airstream suites complete with personal grill and firepit area, plus A/C and heating for perfect temperature control.
+ Luxury linens and bath products in every Airstream
– Pool and Clubhouse with games, food and drink options, space to gather and lounge (Don’t miss happy hour!) There are even complimentary wellness classes on weekends.
+ Staff onsite to check you in and help with anything you need during your stay
AutoCamp plans everything for you, so all you have to do is touchdown and enjoy. Anyone who has traveled out to Joshua Tree can appreciate just how incredible these extra services can be. No planning, no itinerating, no community-seeking necessary—just pure, let-your-hair-down, calm-your-nervous-system bliss. And the food is good too.
This fall, as the cool breeze rushes in and the desert-chic attire in our closets calls our name, we’re gearing up for a bespoke AutoCamp “J-Tree” (that’s what the Angelenos call it) escape…
Starry-Eyed Experiences At AutoCamp Joshua Tree
When you look up “Things to do in Joshua Tree,” you’ll be met with an onslaught of recommended hikes, trails, and stargazing locations, which can be super overwhelming. AutoCamp has considered all the things you could possibly want from your stay (or all the things you’ll need to have done in order to convince your friends that you had the down-and-dirty J-Tree experience). Again, you don’t need to plan any of it.
Here are some of must-do cosmic faves for your next vortex-worthy trip to the desert.
Full Moon Hike at Joshua Tree National Park | The full moon is a witchy time to evaluate your life, set some intentions, and see what’s working and what’s not in your universe… so why not do that underneath the stars during a two-hour hike inside Joshua Tree National Park?
Following the steps of a certified guide, you’ll be have the opportunity to connect with the ancestral energies of the land while adding some knowledge about J-Tree’s ecosystem, cultural/historical significance, as well as the natural elemental energies that come together in this unique stretch of the Mojave Desert. (We know it sounds woo-woo, but the energy is real, y’all.)
Stargazing with 29 Palms Astronomy |You know those moments where you feel like your life is a movie, but there’s no musical backdrop? This is that moment.
What better way to wish upon a star than with actual music playing. Astronomer Steve Caron of the 29 Palms Astronomy Club will lead you toward the stars and help you identify them in the process. “But wait, there’s more!” There will also be a fully-fledged “Cosmic DJ” from Other Desert Radio curating a mystical playlist for the evening ahead.
Live Music Under the Stars | Live music brings people together. Bring some wine and your best back-and-forth sway to a night to remember. AutoCamp partners with local musicians, who encapsulate the total desert experience by a roaring (controlled) fire pit. Sit back and take in the desert horizon that will make you feel like you’ve just opened all of your chakras. You might even make a friend or two!
What we love most about AutoCamp Joshua Tree is that it can’t get more… Joshua Tree.
Everything from their accommodations to their food to their Club House have been thoughtfully considered to be seamlessly integrated into the natural setting. AutoCamp’s goal is not to take over any space, but to rather inhabit it to the fullest—maximizing the richness a place has to offer. Giving guests the chance to appreciate where they are while also just existing in a state of being is one of the most unique qualities of what AutoCamp has to offer.
Our friends at AutoCamp have offered TCM readers an exclusive discount so you can book your next dream getaway asap. Use code TCM20 for 20% off your next escape with AutoCamp.
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