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Pioneering Woman of Joshua Tree | Meet Co-Owner of Rimrock Ranch and Local Gwen Barker

Locals, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

One of our favorite things is highlighting people who live in the communities we call home. Joshua Tree is filled with vintage shops, art studios, adventure tours, restaurants, all owned and operated by some of the most kindhearted ladies in the world. We encourage you to take time and read about these women (and visit their establishments while at Babes 6) who've created a life and own amazing businesses just a few miles from where you'll be camping. Introducing our newest content series, Pioneering Women, that specifically highlights these ladies and what they do to make Joshua Tree one of the most unique and welcoming towns we've ever been to.  Meet animal lover, fellow motorcyclist, and Rimrock Ranch, Gwen Barker. She will also be on site as an advocate for Mojave Desert Land Trust so stop by their booth and say hello!

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What brought you out to Joshua Tree, CA? The very first time I visited JT was for a wedding in Pioneertown (the irony!) It was the first weekend getaway with my now, partner, Eric.

What is your favorite part about living in the desert?  The grit. From the people that choose to live here to the plants that thrive here.  You likely won’t find a 9-5 kind of job here, so you hustle gigs. And your car may not start in the morning b/c the mice ate the wiring. And the swamp cooler isn’t working, and the only reliable handyman can’t come for days, so you figure it out.  And the wind just destroyed your patio before it flash flooded unexpectedly. To live here, you have to know that it is not easy. You earn calling the desert “home.”

And its all worth it. “Desert People” find each other and we revel in the payoffs. Desert Rain. Monsoon season sunsets. Clean air. Hikes out your front door. Beautiful horizons that keep us grounded. And of course, the occasional motorcycle ride through some incredible scenery.

 Come stay at Rimrock <3 Photo by Kerry Puckett

Come stay at Rimrock <3 Photo by Kerry Puckett

Tell us about your business… Rimrock Ranch is an 11 acre motel property built in 1947. We have 4 of the original cabins, a guest suite in our house, a modern structure referred to as The Hatch House, and a Lodge that was built in 1951. We offer our accommodations for nightly stay, and we also host weddings, concerts, car/moto events, and retreats.

 Photo by Royce Rumsey

Photo by Royce Rumsey

What is it like to run your own business?  This time of year? Exhausting! A lot of our economy in the JT area is based in tourism, so right now is the busy time. But we make a living hosting people that enjoy the spaces we create for them and those that are having the happiest day of their lives. So, I have to say—I’m exhausted, but I feel fulfilled. And, after working in the corporate world, I’ve learned that’s the most important thing.

Tell us about any moments of clarity while operating your own business: Well, when we first started the business, I did a “worst case scenario” projection. It had us going out of business in 7 months. So, after a year, when we were paying all our bills and doing well, we looked at each other and had a moment of realization that “hey, it’s working. I think we get to stay!”

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What do you have planned for the future?  We have a lots of plans—it would be fun to build out the 70’s GMC bus we own into a cool dining space. But, one day at a time.

Tell us a fun fact about Joshua Tree that most people wouldn’t know:  Joshua Trees were originally planted by giant sloths called the Shasta Ground Sloth pooping out their seeds!

Any recommendations of points of interest you’d recommend to ladies traveling to Babes Ride Out 6? Ride through the park, of course, but then pause at 29 Palms Inn for a delicious meal. It’s a convenient stop you might otherwise miss, and it’s not far from the 29 Palms entrance to the park.

 The giant ass sloth responsible for the Joshua Trees you see!

The giant ass sloth responsible for the Joshua Trees you see!






Lucky Wheels DIY Garage at Babes Ride Out 6

SponsorsAnya Violet

Our friends at Lucky Wheels Garage will have their DIY garage set up at Babes Ride Out 6! Need a tool? They got ya covered! Need to check your tire pressure? No problem! Do it yourself at the Lucky Wheels booth!!!! Make sure your bike is roadworthy before you ride!

 Photo by Monica Semergiu

Photo by Monica Semergiu

Lucky Wheels is based in LA and offer monthly memberships or day use options for their full service DIY garage! They host learning clinics and events all the time so make sure and follow them at @luckywheelsgarage on Instagram! Stop by while you’re in town to say HI!

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 photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Girl on a Moto Presents: Camp Games at BRO6

EventsAnya Violet

What is better than grown ass women sending it on a velcro wall or wrestling in sumo suits? Nothing, nothing is better than that. That is why our good friends at Girl on A Moto will be hosting CAMP GAMES at Babes Ride Out 6. Join in the fun, let loose and never take yourself too seriously! Friday evening the games are ON in the main event space, we can’t wait to see everyone enjoy the best adult summer camp around!

Let the Games Begin!!!

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Battle it out with your favorite Babe or new friend in the Sumo suits!

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Lets see who can send it the most on the velco wall!


Meet the lovely ladies of Girl on A Moto: Beulah Mae and Connie Dibartola! They will be your hosts!

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BRO6 Makers Market | Feral Silver

Artist SeriesAnya Violet

Babes Ride Out will be hosting our Makers Market at BRO 6 this year. The BRO Makers Market is a curated group of female makers that will be on site showcasing their talents and  providing a unique experience for attendees. Meet Sara Farrell; Jewelry Designer!

Everyone should feel confident, unique, and loved. Through her brand, Feral Silver, Sara Farrell creates jaw dropping jewelry that helps you tap into that truth. Her work features bold designs, authentic gemstones, a mix of sterling and fine silver, handmade embellishments, and all the good vibes possible. For Babes Ride Out, Sara will be hand stamping copper keychains. These keychains are shiny tokens to keep you grounded and remind you of who you are - wherever your adventures take you. 

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Triumph Moto Games at Babes Ride Out 6

EventsAnya Violet

One of our favorite activities at our events are the Triumph Moto Games! This year at Babes Ride Out 6 they will be better than ever! Games start at 5pm sharp on Saturday 10/20/18 in the lower lot! Sign up at www.triumphmotogames.com

 photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

How slow can you go?

Racers line up a the starting line and when the flag goes up each racer has to go as slow as they can on their bike without putting a foot down. Whoever reaches the finish line last without putting a foot down wins!!!

Two-up Relay

each rider grabs a passenger. There are 2 cones on the course. The first cone has an egg on top of it and the 2nd cone does not. The riders have to weave between the cones while the passenger grabs the egg off the first cone and sets it on top of the 2nd cone without breaking it. First team to cross the finish line without cracking the egg wins.

 photo by Maddy Talias

photo by Maddy Talias

Barrel Race

Riders start with a metal barrel at their front tire. When the flag goes up you hit the throttle and the first rider across the finish line with the barrel and without touching the ground with your feet wins. The goal is to keep the barrel running straight so you don’t swerve off the course.

 photo by maddy talias

photo by maddy talias

 photo by heidi zumbrun

photo by heidi zumbrun







Astronomy Show & Star Party at Babes Ride Out 6

EventsAnya Violet

Joshua Tree is a dark sky community which makes it a perfect location for night sky viewing. For Babes Ride Out 6 we have invited back the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers to host  an evening of looking at the stars. They will have deep space telescopes available for viewing an amazing array of celestial bodies as well as be available to talk space with BRO6 attendees. AND the Orionid meteor shower will be putting on quite a show all weekend. This is  a must see experience and will take place from 7-11pm on Both Friday 10/19 and Saturday 10/20 of BRO6 weekend. Read on to hear more about the Astronomy Arts Theater and make sure and bring $5 for entrance. The $ goes to a great cause and allows the SCDVA to be able to educate the community about the universe. See you there!

 photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

Welcome to the World famous "Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater" where we share the adventure of exploring our Cosmos through some of the most powerful astronomical equipment and technology available. 

JTAAT is the World's one and only live deep space astronomy theater where the images we capture live have been called "Hubble like "! 

Visitors will see Galaxies, Nebulae, Stars and Planets projected on to our giant 24 foot screen as we tour the night sky searching for deep space wonders. 

Our powerful visual telescopes will be available to bring images of amazement to everyone. If you have never seen the Rings of Saturn with your own eyes, get ready! 

We will tour the beautiful Joshua Tree night sky pointing out the constellations of the Zodiac and add stories of Mythology as we share the science and lore of the stars.

 photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

Astronomy planned for this years Babe's Ride Out:

  • Visual telescopes to see Saturn, Mars and the Moon. Since the Moon will be at almost the Full Moon Phase we will be bringing Moon stories and Moon astronomy.

  • The 3D visual Deep Space Experience will be up and running as will the Virtual Reality Solar System Adventure.

  • Interactive Q&A Laser Sky Tour will happen twice each night.

  • Dark begins with two or three short films that will give telescopes a chance for alignment and for the crew to power up.

  • Fill in music will be from our library of proprietary in house music list.

 photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis