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Joshua Tree National Park

From the top of Ryan Mountain—the 5,461 ft. highest point in California’s Joshua Tree National Park—the true emptiness of this high-desert expanse is evident in the craggy rock formations and scruffy looking Joshua trees which poke up around California’s 800,000-acre desert park.

Traditionally known as one of the country’s premier rock-climbing and bouldering locations, Joshua Tree National Park is also a favorite Southern California outpost for landscape photographers looking to capture the explosive reds, fiery oranges and dull browns of the high-desert. Joshua Tree National Park is also frequented by wildlife photographers hoping to snap a photo of bighorn sheep, black-tailed jackrabbits, or any number of the 250 bird species which call this harsh desert environment their home.

Practical Info

Hiking and mountain biking trails abound in the park and range from short canyon walks to biking down old country roads to scrambling to watch the sunrise from the summit of Ryan Mountain. Outdoor and nature enthusiasts regularly frequent Joshua Tree National Park during the spring months when desert wildflowers bloom in what appears to be an otherwise lifeless desert, and each and every night the high-country is bathed beneath a blanket of desert stars to provide campers and stargazers with one of the most brilliant skies to be found in the otherwise light-polluted area region of Southern California.

Tours & Tickets

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Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore one of the nation's most outstanding wilderness treasures, Joshua Tree National Park! From Palm Desert, travel aboard a Jeep through the rugged ...  Read more

Location: Palm Desert, California
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $158.99

Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a wild ride through the California desert in a comfortable open-air Hummer. This 4-hour tour journeys through fabled Joshua Tree National Park. Take the ...  Read more

Location: Palm Springs, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00

Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

Just north of Palm Springs lies one of nature's majestic creations, Joshua Tree National Park. In the comfort of an enclosed, climate-controlled vehicle your ...  Read more

Location: Palm Springs, California
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $119.00

Joshua Tree National Park Customized Guided Hiking Tour

Your personalized tour will provide you with a unique, up-close opportunity to see and experience the beauty and majesty of the National Park. Incredible rock ...  Read more

Location: Joshua Tree, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $175.00

Desert Safari Hummer Adventure Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Rough terrain and dry crushing heat destroys anything not specially equipped to be there, but you are in the most powerful and safest off-road vehicle ever ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.99

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