Twentynine Palms Oasis (Oasis of Mara)

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Twentynine Palms Oasis (Oasis of Mara)

Twentynine Palms Oasis (Oasis of Mara)
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An oasis, located in Joshua Tree National Park, inhabited by the Serrano, Chemehuevi and Cahuilla Indian tribes.
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ogol17
Joshua Tree, CA761 contributions
Found it boring
Apr. 2021 • Solo
After visiting the park - I found the place to be quite boring. Plants are not as rich as in the park, and the boards with the Indian culture story felt out of place.
Written 11 April 2021
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Glenn M
San Francisco, CA955 contributions
A Stop that Let's you Take a Nature Walk and Get Good Park Information
Jan. 2021
At the Oasis of Mara you have two opportunities - There is the Oasis Nature Walk and the Visitor Center. While the Oasis no longer has an active spring, it does provide a decent walk with a story of Indian lore. If you are looking for a great nature walk, however, there are much better ones inside the park. The visitor center is a very good spot, since you can get info from the rangers, visit the book/gift shop and they have a wonderful cactus garden where you can orient yourself to the many varieties of desert flora. They also have clean restrooms. During the virus, things are still quite limited.
Written 24 January 2021
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA14,286 contributions
2 Guys walking in Joshua tree at the Oasis of Mara
Jan. 2021
Discovered this oasis directly behing the Ranger Station. Great walking path which is paved. Possibly can be used with a wheelchair.

Signage here and there with seating to sit and look. The oasis was planed by the Indians to provide shelter, food, etc prior the the Spanish arrival. This areas waslso used to timber for the mining operations in Joshua Tree.

Nice walk.
Written 12 January 2021
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Keren W
Ramsey, UK83 contributions
Excellent
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Visited this center prior to entering the park. We spoke to one of the rangers - Dave who was excellent. Friendly, helpful and informative about the park and surrounding area. Managed to see Roadrunner following his information (which was a target bird for us). Thanks Dave.
Written 30 September 2019
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,113 contributions
Very interesting history
Jun. 2019 • Family
A Ranger at the Oasis Visitor's Center talked to me about the oasis and how the name of the town came about. It was all very interesting. The oasis formed because a fault runs along is and the pressure the fault creates forces water to the surface. I asked if it was an active fault and he told me that there hasn't been anything major as far as earthquakes, but the visitor center has been retrofitted for the possibility. Interesting.
Written 19 June 2019
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richsand
Middleton Cheney, UK81 contributions
Interesting Introduction to the Desert
Oct. 2018 • Couples
We made a special trip to join the 10.00 am ranger led walk and talk of The Oasis of Mara. The ranger, Dave Larson, gave an interesting overview of the oasis including some history, later day and current, plus the natural history.
As others have said, it is a short paved trail around the oasis with interpretive boards.
We saw several types of bird, including a road runner right by the buildings, and would recommend bringing your binoculars.
I’m not saying this is a ‘don’t miss it’ attraction but rather a really nice start to a day in the Joshua Tree National Park.
All the staff in the visitor centre were helpful; we picked up a map and we were advised on a short hike to Split Rock, which was perfect.
There are toilet facilites here but no food and drink so bring that with you.
Written 14 October 2018
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travellerSanDiego_CA
Yucca Valley, CA87 contributions
Great service recovery!
Apr. 2018 • Business
On March 9, 2018, I wrote a scathing review of the restaurant, primarily on a bad lunch experience, in particular. Heidi, the restaurant manager reached out to me soon after posting my remarks on Trip Advisor, and offered to personally meet with me at the restaurant. She was cordial and very attentive to my explanation of my experiences(s). She took my recommendations seriously and satisfactorily addressed my concerns. She was emphatic on one point; if ever you are not liking your meal for ANY reason, send it back to the kitchen! She guaranteed that corrective action would be taken, including replacement of the meal, if necessary.
I went back for lunch a couple weeks later. The service was excellent as was my lunch! So, in all fairness to 29 Palms Inn, I am retracting my rant of March 9th, and replacing it with a rave for quick, responsive service recovery. If you ever experience an issue like I did, speak up! The good ones will step up and take immediate corrective action. Heidi did, and I’m very pleased she responded in the non defensive way she did. Thank you Heidi!
Chef JP
Written 1 May 2018
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abh345678
Brookline, MA287 contributions
Nice paved path for a wheelchair
Mar. 2018 • Friends
Because I use a wheelchair, my options for trails in Joshua Tree National Park are limited so we checked out every one. The Oasis of Mara is a paved path through an oasis that is now artificially watered and isn't in great shape. We saw a rabbit, so that was cool. They have trail signs along the way telling a story of folklore, which was memorable. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit the Oasis of Mara, but it is a nice, easy 1/2 mile path right behind the gift shop and information center.
Written 22 April 2018
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SunnysideDon
Yakima, WA235 contributions
There are better places to see an oasis
Apr. 2018 • Couples
There really isn't much to see here. The oasis is being artificially kept alive but it isn't in good shape. If you are physically limited in what you can do it might be worth the short walk. However if you can do the three mile hike to 49 Palms I would skip this trail. However the Park visitor center is located here and so it's worth a stop to check that out.
Written 11 April 2018
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Laura B
Falls Church, VA34 contributions
Beautiful and unique destination
Mar. 2018 • Family
The 29 Palms Oasis was incredibly beautiful. The water was a perfect mirror—its reflection was spectacular! I look forward to seeing it again.
Written 30 March 2018
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