Pioneertown and Pappy & Harriets

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53688 Pioneertown Rd.

Pioneertown, CA 92268

34.156403, -116.493083


Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes


About Pioneertown and Pappy & Harriets

Built in the 1940’s,  Pioneertown was originally created with the purpose of being a live-in Old West motion-picture set. The set was a place for the actors to live while filming and was designed to look like an 1870’s frontier town.

The set was funded by Hollywood tycoons Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Russell Hayden, and the Sons of the Pioneers (for whom the town was named).

Pioneertown and Pappy & Harriets

More than 50 popular western films from the 1940’s and 50’s were shot here with famous actors like the Cisco Kid’s Leo Carillo (his residence is in San Diego by the way) and Roy Rogers.

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit Bob’s Crystal Cave nearby!

Parts of Pioneertown were burned in 2006 in the Sawtooth Complex Fire which burned into Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley. Thankfully, firefighters were able to save much of the historical set.

Personal Experience

I love getting to explore bits of history and this place certainly did not disappoint. The people of Joshua Tree are colorful and tend to congregate here. There are many great photo opportunities and plenty of history to soak up. This is a great starting point for the many potential adventures in this lovely area!



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Pappy & Harriet’s

The super-popular Pappy & Harriets was originally a fake cantina used in films and part of Pioneertown’s movie sets. In 1972, the cantina was purchased and turned into an outlaw biker burrito bar.

10 years later the bar closed, and was turned into what we all know today as Pappy & Harriet’s.

Today, the family style Tex-Mex cuisine has amazing live music featuring many famous indie artists and other big names such as Paul McCartney Eric Burdon of the Animals and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin!

You never know who may be playing next. It is definitely a place to stop by if you are visiting Joshua Tree.


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Step into a magical wonderland in this interactive meditation cave in the heart of Joshua Tree. Bob's Crystal Cave is unlike anything you've ever seen!

Bob’s Crystal Cave

Deep in the desert lays what can only be described as a magical boulder oasis.

Boulder Oasis

Film set where Peewee's Playhouse was shot

Cabazon Dinosaurs


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