The nearest “big” city in the area, Yucca Valley is less than 20 miles from Twentynine Palms. Yucca Valley is the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park and is less than 40 miles from Palm Springs. At a 3,300 foot elevation Yucca Valley exhibits the traits of both the high and low desert, with extreme heat and cold occurring seasonally. With a population of about 20,000 citizens, Yucca Valley has a rich history and tradition. Be sure to explore Old Town Yucca Valley and enjoy a variety of Native American art galleries and museums, like the High Desert Nature Museum. Aside from being near Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley is also just minutes from Johnson Valley’s popular off-road vehicle area. A thriving community, Yucca Valley also has a movie theater, bowling alley, and some great shopping.