On our most resent trip to Joshua Tree we visited the High Desert Nature Museum. As a child growing up in this area, Sarah has fond memories visiting this museum. I was a little skeptical as I am of pretty much any small gift shop//nature centers. However, once you get past the fluorescent lighting, low ceilings and dated museum branding it becomes pretty clear that this place is an endless source of fun and learning for the kids. As a museum that has been in operation for over 40 years we would highly recommend this family friendly environment to anyone interested in learning about the rich cultural heritage and natural history of the area.
Address: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation: 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Thursday - Saturday: 10AM–5PM
Sunday - Wednesday: Closed