We will be visiting our son in the Temecula area (probably in October or November 2013) and would like to visit Joshua tree for one or two nights. From my reading it seems like many people like to stay in Palm Springs. However, we would really like to be a bit closer to the National Park. What areas do you recommend I pursue? Ideally I would like to be about 20 minutes or less from the main area of the park, but if that is not recommended, how far away do we have to be?
Also if another time of the year is better for a visit, we are free to adjust our time in CA. Is there a time of the year that is more favorable than Oct./Nov.? Thanks