Pioneer Town was founded in 1846 by a group of Hollywood investors. They wanted to create a live in movie set that had the façade of an old western frontier town. Over 50 films were filmed in Pioneer town throughout the 40’s and 50’s.
In 2006 a fire destroyed much of the surrounding habitat relegating it to what it is now. It’s main drag is reminiscent of a ghost town although it’s still home to a few small businesses including a saddle maker and ceramics shop. In any case we love visiting with the kids on our way out to Joshua Tree. Pioneer Town’s eerie charm and empty streets create the perfect environment for an imaginative trip back to the 1800’s.
Pappy and Harriet’s is the crown jewel of this seemingly forgotten slice of Hollywood history. This music venue has hosted shows for a slew of well-respected iconic indie musicians and is still a thriving restaurant and bar. Their BBQ and childrens menu coupled with a quaint old timey atmosphere is great spot for families looking for a cultured and casual dining experience.
If you do plan on grabbing a bite, we recommend coming here during the early afternoon as it starts to get pretty packed for shows in the evening. Our favorites include the pulled pork sandwich and chili bowl… Chicken tenders and fries for the kids per usual.
You may notice a few new faces in the below photos…We were fortunate to have my Mom along with Sarah’s sister, Mari and husband Tom accompany us on this most recent Hoodrat Holiday in the desert. Tom is one half of Process Creative and his skills for telling stories came in handy while documenting our carrying-on. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing more of all of these characters in our upcoming adventures.
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11am - 2am, Mondays 5pm - 2am, Closed Tuesday + Wednesday
Address: 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268