4 days in Indio & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

4 days in Indio & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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Indio
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Indio

— 1 night
Indio is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California's Colorado Desert region. On the 12th (Mon), experience rural life at Shields Date Garden, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, and then pause for some photo ops at Desert Holocaust Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town La Quinta, see Off-Road Tours, and then get a taste of the local shopping with El Paseo Shopping District.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Indio trip itinerary planning app.

Los Angeles to Indio is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Indio: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Indio

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and then trek along Ryan Mountain. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park holiday website.

You can drive from Indio to Joshua Tree National Park in an hour. When traveling from Indio in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors