The Miracle Springs Resort & Spa. Photo courtesy of Miracle Springs.

Best Hot Springs and Spas in Palm Springs

Several of Palm Springs’ resort and spa hotels offer day spa services such as massage and skin and body treatments. If you’re interested in the type of day spa that is more about relaxing in a pool or Jacuzzi, the nearby town of Desert Hot Springs is your best bet.

The Cholla Cactus Garden along Pinto Basin Road. Photo © Jenna Blough.

5-Day Best of Joshua Tree Itinerary

The landscape of Joshua Tree National Park is mesmerizing—from the spiky trees to the scoured desert, and jumbled boulders begging to be climbed. Explore the land, climb mountains and mines, and experience all the best of Joshua Tree with this 5-day itinerary.

Fan palms in Palm Canyon. Photo © Jenna Blough.

Travel Itinerary: Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

Palm Springs is a hipper Las Vegas, a more restrained and stylish resort destination that’s perfect for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re lounging poolside at a mid-century resort, partying at a ladies’ weekend, or relaxing at a couples’ spa getaway, Palm Springs has got your weekend wonderland squared away.

cover Moon Palm Springs & Joshua Tree 1e

Moon Palm Springs & Joshua Tree

Join local writer and desert aficionado Jenna Blough for an unforgettable experience. With her unique perspective and advice you can trust, Moon Joshua Tree & Palm Springs has everything you need to know to have a more personal and memorable experience. Moon Joshua Tree & Palm Springs has something for every traveler. From the relaxing […]

Ancient pines gnarled by the wind dot the upper elevations. Photo © Jenna Blough.

Hiking Telescope Peak, Death Valley’s Highest Point

A true Death Valley classic, if you can only choose one hike in Death Valley, put Telescope Peak in the running. The sweeping 360° views make it worthwhile and give a sense of Death Valley’s vast scope, and if you’ve been exploring the canyons and valley floors, this is your chance to have a personal travel retrospective.

Notch-leaved phacelia (Phacelia Crenulata), along 190 north of Furnace Creek.

Plan a Visit to Furnace Creek and the Amargosa Range

Furnace Creek is the hub of Death Valley National Park, an outpost of comfort and civilization with a visitors center, accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, and even gas. Here’s helpful advice on planning a trip to the area, including when to go and where to spend your time.

A woman walk down a caged pathway in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Exploring Amargosa Valley in Death Valley

The Amargosa Valley stretches north of Death Valley Junction along Highway 124 and crosses the state line into Nevada. Here the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge offers a lovely side trip and pleasant oasis refuge from the desert.

Old brick smokestack in Death Valley, California.

Hiking Surprise Canyon in Death Valley

A good hike through Surprise Canyon averages about four hours. Many people go far over that and trek into Panamint City, but the canyon is well worth the time to explore on its own–picture relaxing with your feet in the splashing creek and a nice picnic in the shade after a good workout. Use these detailed directions and trail tips to experience all the canyon has to offer.