Pinto Wye isn’t exactly the most happenin’ place in the Golden State. In fact, Pinto Wye is located smack dab in the middle of the desert, at the intersection of Park Blvd and Pinto Basin Road, and is described simply as a “populated place.” It shares a zip code with the city of Twentynine Palms, which is also where you’ll find the closest veterinary clinic.
If you and Fido have found yourselves here on your travels throughout California’s scenic San Bernardino County, don’t fret! Pinto Wye is part of Joshua Tree National Park, a vast nature preserve complete with gorgeous rock formations and hiking trails that you and Fido will love exploring. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and a sturdy leash and/or harness with you.
Many of the small communities and towns surrounding Joshua Tree National Park are home to dog-friendly lodging options. To find big-city amenities like dog parks and restaurants, you and Fido will need to take a trip along Twentynine Palms Highway to Yucca Valley, CA, which is home to a dog park and a few dog-friendly eateries where you can chow down with your hound!
Pinto Wye might be located, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere, but it’s a pawfect place for outdoorsy pups and owners to explore!
Nine miles is all that separates you from all the delicious meat of The Rib Co. This is the place to get beg-worthy ribs, steaks, and meaty dishes that will have your mouth watering as soon as you can catch a whiff of them. You can join your dog for a meal at their outdoor tables. The waitstaff will be happy to bring your precious pal a bowl of water while you wait for your food to be delivered to you. You can also order it to go if you’d prefer to chow down somewhere a little less crowded.
South Side Neighborhood Community Park in Yucca Valley is only about 30 miles from Pinto Wye. It is a fairly new park, but it has a ton of things to do for the whole family. You can bring the kids to play on the playground equipment. There is a huge, double fenced-in area that is separated into two different areas for different sized dogs. There are water stations for both you and your dog. Shaded seating and public restrooms are also available for your convenience. There are plenty of things for the whole family to do together, which is what makes it such a furrific park!
Whitewater Preserve, located about an hour away from Pinto Wye, is the perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of the desert. There are lots of trails to explore here. You can choose your difficulty level or change it up as you go. This preserve is, as its name suggests, home to a lot of wildlife, so please keep your dog on his leash at all times. You will need to bring lots of water for you and your dog to drink, especially in the sweltering summer months. All the trails are gravel, so please make sure you wear proper shoes.
Seventy miles from Pinto Wye is a great spot that was created just for Fido to run and play off-leash. Rancho Mirage Dog Park has everything that you could need or want (except for doggie waste bags, unfortunately). There’s lots of room to run and play, as well as water bowls. Please be aware that the park is only open during the day and closes in the evening. There’s also very little shade here. Since Rancho Mirage is a well-known tourist destination, keep in mind that the city sees an influx of visitors during the summer months. You may want to plan your visit accordingly, especially if your best fur-iend is shy or nervous.