An Secret Joshua Tree Destination
Garth’s Boulder Gardens is a 640 acre sanctuary located near Pioneertown, CA, about 20 miles from Joshua Tree. The wilderness seeks to embody spirituality, living with nature, and interfaith cooperation. I visited in October 2016. At the time, it was relatively easy to visit if you could figure out how to get there. I’m afraid I haven’t been there since, but now you can find it Google Maps (labeled as Boulder Gardens Sanctuary), and I would check the Garth’s Boulder Gardens Sanctuary website to confirm visiting practices. There’s also a Garth’s Boulder Gardens Facebook page that you can check before going. Also, when I first drove in, I saw several cars camping, so I believe you camp there if you wish. As mentioned, please check their sites to make arrangements.
When you arrive at the sanctuary, you can’t miss Garth’s tipi, pictured below.
People were also hanging out on couches in an outdoor seating area.
There’s also some cool art to see. I particularly liked this octopus like piece.
There were also some pens for keeping various fowl.
There also some miscellaneous buildings and pets.
Garth’s isn’t a common destination, but it’s a wonderful little community that captures a unique vision of desert life. Located not far from Pioneertown and the popular Pappy and Harriet’s, it can be a fun part of the Joshua Tree experience.