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  • Dragon789wv
    1 164 contributions
    We were attending an exhibition in Yucca Valley, and decided to venture around the area, and Pioneertown was one of two major attractions that appealed to us.
    After we arrived there after a 3+ hr drive, we had lunch at Pappy & Harriet's restaurant.
    It is a working town, with many businesses opened for visitors to browse around.
    We wandered around the town for about 2 hours - it's about 2 block total, but very interesting in the different sites, stores and businesses.
    It's worth going there at least once to see what a movie 'town' has become.
    Written 23 January 2024
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA414 contributions
    After spending a few hours hiking at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Morongo Valley drove over to Pioneertown, California to explore this unique desert area. To reach this attraction, be prepared to travel approximately five miles on a sand covered road. The road is ok, except for blowing and shifting sand. Boulder Gardens (Aka Garth’s Boulder Garden) is a privately owned eco-friendly spiritual retreat area spread over 640 acres across the desert. If you are into Geology, this retreat is home a wide variation of boulders and rock formations. One could spend hours just examining these fascinating rocks. This spiritual retreat is the work of Garth Bowles who spent 30 years designing and building this facility. Located within the boundaries of this garden, one will find a cement tipi, tables piled with crystals, a sauna, an outdoor kitchen and living space, an assortment of domestic and wild animals (lots of snakes), year-round springs, fruit trees, and several ponds. Cacti abound everywhere and provide a unique perspective to this spiritual site. As one wanders the paths throughout the garden, the beauty of this garden becomes evident. The Cosmic Castle is the center point of the garden. Located on a massive boulder with an ancient pinion pine tree situated on the doorstep. It is amazing to view this structure, and one leaves with a “Wow” that is incredible feeling. The trails throughout the garden are well maintained and one does not find vandalism or litter within the garden. Overnight camping is allowed. Highly recommend a visit to this amazing site.
    Written 26 February 2022
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA414 contributions
    After completing a short hike at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, drove north to Pioneertown Mountains Preserve located just north of Pioneertown, California. This 25,500-acre preserve is open daily from dawn to sunset and has free admission. In 2006, most of the Joshua trees, pinyon pines and junipers at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve were killed off due to a lightning-caused fire. Over 70,00 areas were destroyed. Scrub oak and grass are gradually replacing the destroyed trees. Regardless of the destruction, the preserve has hiking trails, a picnic area, and restroom available for the adventurous traveler. Several hiking trails will assess your endurance and abilities. The Indian Loop Trail, ideal for amateur hikers, traverses a wetland and climbs up to a ridge top. Spectacular views. A second trail takes you to the Chaparrosa Peak. The third and most challenging trail, Sawtooth Loop encircles the Sawtooth Mountains with its massive boulders. Each of these trails are a challenge and range from Moderate to Extremely difficult. In need of a good workout, tried the Sawtooth Loop (9.5 miles) trail which is rated Moderate to Difficult. This trail was designed primarily as a horseback-riding trail however those with hiking experience can complete this trail. It is recommended that novices should not attempt this trail due to elevation changes and the length of the trail. As one travels the trail, you will be offered scenic views of the Sawtooth Mountains as well as glimpses of Southern California’s Mt. San Jacinto off in the distance. Be advised this is a tough trail, with lots of boulders, so good hiking boots are necessary. Also bring lots of drinking water and a good hat and sunglasses. You will need them. Lizards, rattle snakes and other wildlife dominate the area, so use caution. It is a great trail, which will certainly give you a good workout, and guarantee to make your bone ache. Spent three ½ hours hiking this trail, and really enjoyed the solitude and beautiful mountain view sights.
    Written 26 February 2022
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  • Robby G C
    Toronto, Canada78 235 contributions
    I liked God's Way Love, Pioneertown.

    We hiked and even we took our car. We had fun!

    One told me that the boulders were the best. I agreed.

    There was a piano. A piano in the desert? Wow!

    We found a lot of cacti and even water! Water in the desert. We even found some snow.

    I liked the boulders. Wow!

    There was a rooster
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    I liked the desert. My favorite.
    Written 4 December 2020
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  • dnaleciz
    Moreno Valley, CA414 contributions
    Pioneertown, California is a unique town with a population of approximately sixty individuals and miles of open desert. Situated on Mane Street one will find “The Church in Pioneertown.” This non-denominational church is active, and Services are held at 1000 AM on Sunday. During the week, this Church is closed to the public. This old red and brown wooden building with its green roof wooden steeple and white wooden cross is rendition of an old western church and is located across the street from the Red Dog Saloon. A wooden hitching rail can be found in front of the church for parishioners to tie up their horses while attending services. No parking lot at this church. One can only imagine sitting in a wooden pew and listening to a long-winded preacher spouting out religious doctrine on a hot Sunday morning. Fascinating opportunity to view a glimpse of life in the “good old days” of the West. Glad things have changed over the years.
    Written 26 February 2022
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