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Twentynine Palms Oasis (Oasis of Mara)

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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Phone Number: 7603675500
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An oasis, located in Joshua Tree National Park, inhabited by the Serrano,...

An oasis, located in Joshua Tree National Park, inhabited by the Serrano, Chemehuevi and Cahuilla Indian tribes.

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Neat story.

Sadly the oasis has all but dried out and much of the vegetation is either dead or dying,but at points along the trail are story boards the tell of the life and death of a young... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
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Welshpool, United Kingdom

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just so peaceful, full of wild life. Enjoyed all the plant species as well. This would be a good place for wheelchair people, as the entire path is paved. There is another trail that heads out to another group of fan palms, but only walked half way there. The story on the plaques was fascinating. Thank you.

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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Sadly the oasis has all but dried out and much of the vegetation is either dead or dying,but at points along the trail are story boards the tell of the life and death of a young Indian girl that supposedly lived at the oasis,a sad but very moving tale ,well worth the short hike around the oasis.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

It is educational to see a spring in the middle of a desert and there were some beautiful plants. If you are already there it is a lot of fun to see this place but I would not drive a long distance just to see this.From the parking spot to the Oasis was a short walk. It is a very... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

This was an interesting find in the desert. There is a small spring that feeds the oasis, and we could imagine people gathering here over the centuries to escape the heat and find water. Quite interesting.

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Garden Grove, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

We had a few hours to spend but did not want to start our main adventure in Joshua Tree Park. Since this part has its own entrance and is off the main trail and close to our hotel, we decided to visit. Good visitors center, and a paved trail to the Oasis, however the real Oasis has dried up but... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Interesting short, paved walk around an actual oasis centered around a natural spring. Worth 30 minutes.

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Twentynine Palms, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

We have stoped for lunch several times at the Twentynine Palms Inn, but this was our first time wandering out back and checking out the oasis. Really a highlight for the area.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

At .3 miles of cement walkway, this is an easy trek right behind the Visitor's Center at the Oasis of Mara. Don't confuse this with the Twentynine Palms Oasis hike as they are all together different. A lot of the desert plants along the walk are identified and you're very likely to see some birds and lizards along the way.... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

This one was a surprise. After hiking up and then back down for an hour or so in the middle of a desert, we suddenly come across a small stream, and a whole bunch of palm trees. It was really beautiful, and definitely worth the effort.

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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

Maybe it is the many years drought here in CA, but we were interested to see the quantity of dead/dying vegetation at this oasis. Some of the historic plaque material seem to indicate that the oasis has been in decline for some time, and that geologic forces (as well as natural/meteorological forces) have impact on the water that is made... More 

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