Joshua trees are a symbol of the High Desert, a cultural icon and a state of mind. Joshua Tree is also the name of the community that welcomes you to Joshua Tree National Park. You'll know when you arrive here, as the clutter of civilization gives way to beautiful vistas -- yucca, cactus, desert wildflowers, fantastic boulder formations, and of course, the famous Joshua trees.
Joshua Tree is a community of artists, musicians, working families, business people, telecommuters, and retirees. Downtown has four art galleries, a yoga studio, two outfitters, a bakery with a shady courtyard for coffee and Wi-Fi, beautiful gift shops, great burgers and great vegan fare, even a pizza parlor that dishes up home-cooked Indian food. Saturday morning there's a Certified Farmers Market right in town. A National Park Visitors Center is located right off the main drag where you can park and check out the shops before heading to Joshua Tree National Park.