Too many crowds in Joshua Tree? Try this otherworldly desert trip

These bizarre rock spires are reminiscent of Arrakis, Tatooine and other legendary science fiction settings. But visitors don’t need to travel galactic lengths to get there.

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These bizarre rock spires are reminiscent of Arrakis, Tatooine and other legendary science fiction settings. But visitors don’t need to travel galactic lengths to get there.

at the Bureau of Land Management site.Be prepared to drive the last five miles to the pinnacles on a dirt road and beware of sky-high summer temperatures.Can’t get enough of the desert? Here arefrom Times assistant travel editor Mary Forgione.Advertisement

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Your support helps us deliver the news that matters most.🌕 A lunar escape in L.A. CountyLooking for a close-to-home escape? Sign up for afull moon forest bathing sessionat the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.Times feature writer Jeanette Marantos reports that visitors will be able to take a guided moonlight walk when the arboretum is closed to the public. Inspired by the Japanese practice of

shinrin-yoku, “Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world,” the organizers write in the program description. “By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.” headtopics.com

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