Wild West Tour in California
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Welcome to Pioneertown, California! You’ve just stepped into a piece of history, a town straight out of the 1880s. Just like the town’s namesake pioneers did, you’ve had a long journey. Once you’ve dropped off your things at your hotel, take a load off and get some food and drink at the local saloon. And while you might be tired, the stargazing out in the desert can’t be beat, so stay up a little late, grab a blanket and take in the peaceful majesty of the night sky.
You’re not in just any old west town — you’re staying at the site of an actual movie set! The entire town was built for filming movies and for the production crew’s families. As you take a walk down Mane Street, you might recognize some of the buildings you see there from westerns of the 1940s and 1950s. The streets are named after some of the biggest names in the business, so they might also sound familiar. After walking the town and taking some fun pictures to show your family and friends, stop into Pappy and Harriet’s for some grub.
No trip to the wild, wild west would be complete without horseback riding. Pack up a picnic before leaving and head out to Knob Hill Ranch. Located in nearby Yucca Valley, Knob Hill hosts group horse rides in the morning and late afternoon. They have scenic trails and easy trails that are perfect for beginners, as well as more intense trails and tours for more experienced riders.
The landscape surrounding Pioneertown is gorgeous and diverse, and today you’ll get a chance to explore some of it. Put on your best boots and head out to Pipes Canyon for a bit of hiking in the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve. Don’t forget sunscreen, snacks and water — you could easily spend all day here as it’s the biggest non-profit wilderness preserve in California. If you’re not an experienced hiker, don’t fret. The Chaparrosa Trail and Indian Loop Trail are rated easy to moderate. If you’re not in a rush, take your time on one trail, if you’re feeling adventurous, try and tackle both.
Located a short distance south of Pioneertown is Joshua Tree National Park. It’s home to some unique wildlife and rock formations that you can’t miss. After a quick drive there, take your time driving through the park. There are plenty of places to pull the car over to explore the sights and get a close up look at trees you won’t see anywhere else. If you feel like hiking, the Hidden Valley Nature Trails in the center of the park offer beautiful views. But if you’re looking for a more low-key experience, try touring the cactus gardens.
Now that you’ve explored two areas of California wilderness that look vastly different from one another, you’ll see more of what California has to offer at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum. The museum is hands-on and has exhibits for people of all ages, so adults and children alike can enjoy it. Not only does it highlight the natural beauty of the valley, but it also showcases California culture and history.
Before heading to the airport, you’ll enjoy one last meal at Pappy and Harriet’s. Then, just as in the days of yore, you’ll stop by the Pioneertown General Store to pick up any supplies you need for your journey home. Then it’s time to leave 1880 for the present day.
No adventures in travel would be complete without a trip into the past. It’s not just important to see where we came from as a culture, but it can be fun to live a slice of that life. Pioneertown and its surrounding area offer a unique, immersive experience in the past that can be enjoyed just as well in our present.
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