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The North end of the Joshua Tree National Park has surreal rock formations. It strongly reminds me of the old Westerns on early TV and movies with Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger chasing bad hombres amidst the oddly shaped rocks. I guess that kind of dates me hey?


Photography: Pioneertown, California

Yesterday, I mentioned the Westerns filmed at Pioneertown, California. Yesterday, we decided to venture back up that way and check out the movie sat and Pappy and Harriet’s for music and dinner.

Pioneer Town mapI have to say the drive up to Pioneertown from Yucca Valley was a spectacular, surreal 4 mile journey. Amazing rock formations; other worldly!

The temps on the valley floor had been a very blustery mid 70’s, but by the time we got up to Pioneertown it was an even more windy 50 degrees and I wasn’t prepared for the temp change and wind. Trying to photograph in the wind led to some pretty fuzzy photographs but I will share what turned out reasonably well………..


No matter where, people have their priorities straight.

PT1PT2PT3PT5PT6 PT7PT8PT9The names of the streets on the town map are revealing of that era. I especially like Kimosabe Rd.

Yes, there are signs of the modern era (light fixtures, wiring, corrugated roofs, signage for local shops) but the main street of the facades is enjoyable to stroll with no one around. There are Saturday events, recreating the ‘wild west’ days, but I especially enjoyed walking this street on a cool, windy evening with not another hombre in sight.

Pappy and Harriet’s was great food, bebidas, staff along with a jammed house taking in local talent on open mic night. Cool venue, very diverse crowd, great people watching.

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Old Movies: I Recognized Those Rocks

When I toured the Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, I remarked that the rock formations were so reminiscent of what I recall seeing as a young boy in the mid 50’s. The old Western movies often had these unique rock formations in the background as White hats chased Dark hats, single action six shooters blazing.

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I did a little research and discovered a little spot near the Joshua Tree N.P. named Pioneertown. This was where many older Westerns were filmed. Roy Rogers, Cisco and Poncho, Gene Autry to name a few rode through these badlands in the day. And, if you are probably 60 or older and watched those Westerns you will recall those special rocks in the background. Watch Cisco & Poncho here (scroll into the movie to 9:15 up to 11:20 for the rock formations…in the rest of the movie, the old buildings were part of the movie set for Pioneertown).

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