We love spending time visiting Coachella Valley in December, visiting friends and family. Only no one was going in 2020. We had to get out, so we packed up the car and headed west for a two week road trip anyway. In our planning for the trip, we knew some of the things we normally do would not be open. However, our favorite thing to do wherever we vacation, is visit National and State parks. This was still an option.
We stopped in West Texas and Arizona for rest and to visit friends, but our ultimate destination was a vacation rental in Indio central to several parks. Shortly after we arrived, California went on a serious lock-down. We even got an emergency alert on our first hike. That night, we had a nice dinner at one of our favorite outdoor dining spots, then stocked up on groceries. We would spend the rest of our time hiking and picnicking during the day, then cooking meals hunkered down at “home” each night.
One of our first day trips was Anzo – Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs, CA. The highlights from that day were a siltstone canyon hike called “The Slot” and a stop by Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs to see just a few of the 130 large metal sculptures by artist Ricardo Breceda.
The next day we drove to Idyllwild and stopped at Coachella Valley Vista Point along the way. I always take a photo of my husband while he takes photos.
We visited Joshua Tree National Park National Park the following day. We have been there many times, but always see something new. Certainly the social distancing instructions for hikers were new! We also hiked the trail at White Tank Camp Ground for the first time (a great easy hike) and visited the Jumbo Rocks Camp Grounds, which was closed to campers (so deserted.)
As usual, we took thousands of photographs on this trip, but wanted to share a few examples of why Coachella Valley, CA is one of our favorite #Vacation Spots! What are your favorite vacation spots?