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Cars and people during Aether Rally in Joshua Tree National Park

Event Recap: The 6th Annual AETHER Rally in Pioneertown

Desert vistas, snow-capped mountains, rugged roads, and sunshine—these are just a few of the promises AETHER’s annual rally delivered on for the sixth year in a row. Form meeting function never looked better as new friends and old rolled up to the Historic Pioneertown Motel with their motorcycles, cars & custom campers. While sitting around the bonfire, sharing cold beers, hookahs, and conversation, just under 200 attendees geared up for breathtaking and scenic drives through Joshua Tree National Park.

Customized black vehicle in Joshua Tree National Park
Pioneertown sign blowing in the wind
Attendees at AETHER Rally next to the AETHER stream in Pioneertown
Motorcyclists leaving Pioneertown to Joshua Tree National Park

Saturday morning dawned crystal clear, with perfect riding conditions whether you were driving a G Wagon, dune buggy, or motorcycle. Riders had the option to choose a paved guided tour or an off-road drive to fully experience the panoramic Joshua Tree and snowy Big Bear Mountain. Thanks to AETHER’s welcoming ‘come one, come all, just bring your sleeping bag and devil-may-care attitude,’ camaraderie and discovery were the order of the day.
There were no wrong turns when riding with this crew over the desert's rough terrain and sandy dunes—and ride we did.

Drone view of motorcyclists riding through desert mountain path
Drone view of motorcyclists riding through desert mountain path
Man riding motorcycle through desert landscape
Woman in passenger side window of vintage Land Cruiser
Man smiling and giving the peace sign, standing in front of vintage Land Rover in front of desert landscape
Custom black vehicle driving through desert kicking up sand
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.” - Hunter S. Thompson
Video of custom black vehicle driving through desert landscape
Modified green vehicle off-roading in the desert
Man in white outfit and white cowboy hat laughing and smiling in Pioneertown

The weekend wrapped up with making new friends over smoky Madre mezcal, a riveting live guitar performance, and fantastic food by Ceci’s Gastronomica.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made it all possible - Pioneertown Motel, Madre Mezcal, Cake, Harley Davidson, High Desert, Verve, Woodford Reserve, Motoring Club, Ursa Major, Cici's Gastronomia, Boxed Water, Skyduster Beer & Heimplanet.

Vintage car driving through desert landscape
Video of dog sitting in driver seat of vintage yellow truck
Woman holding up mezcal bottle in front of vintage Mercedes truck off-roading

Hope to see you next year.