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Joshua Tree National Park Tours

Joshua Tree National Park lies at the crux of the Colorado and Mojave deserts and spans 429,690 acres (173,889 hectares) of wind-swept Southern California plains. Famous for its starlit night skies and surreal geological features, the park’s rich landscape and signature flora draws day-trippers, rock climbers, and backpackers alike. 

The Basics
Whether you want to visit on a day trip from Palm Springs or take a multi-day hiking tour, Joshua Tree is a perfect wilderness escape. Hiking and mountain biking trails abound in the park; visitors can stroll through Hidden Valley, bike down old country roads, or get completely off the grid on a customized hiking tour. Rock-climbing enthusiasts can perfect their solo climbing skills with a top-rope anchors class or take a beginners rappelling course, while photographers can snap photos of bighorn sheep, birds, and black-tailed jackrabbits.

Those wishing to cover more ground can venture deep into the desert on a van tour or luxury Hummer day trip and see highlights such as the inselberg rock formations, San Andreas Fault, and Keys View atop Ryan Mountain—the highest point in the park at 5,500 feet (1676 meters) above sea level. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and plenty of water. 
  • Desert weather can change swiftly and dramatically; always check the forecast before heading out.
  • There are four visitor centers in the park, each equipped with water, restrooms, and picnic areas. 
  • Pets must be leashed at all times and are not permitted on backcountry trails. 
  • Very few areas in the park have cellphone coverage. 
  • Some trails and campgrounds are wheelchair accessible; see the National Parks Service website for more details. 

How to Get There
Joshua Tree National Park is located roughly 140 miles (225 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. The nearest airport is in Palm Springs, roughly one hour by road from the park’s south entrance. The best way to get to Joshua Tree is by road; you can approach the park from Interstate 10 or California Highway 62. Be careful not to rely on GPS directions, which can route you onto potentially impassable backcountry roads. 

When to Get There
Peak season in Joshua Tree runs from October through May, with most visitors arriving in the spring and fall. Summers are hot here, with temperatures above 100°F (38°C). In the spring, wildflowers bloom and speckle the desert with bright red, purple, and orange hues. 

Attractions Near Joshua Tree
The towns of Palm Springs and Palm Desert are good jumping-off points for excursions into Joshua Tree National Park. Coachella Valley Preserve, located near the Palm Springs area, is a popular destination for picnicking and hiking, as well as a hub for wind farming and agriculture. Mojave National Preserve, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Cabrillo National Monument are also within driving distance of the park. 

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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

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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.)

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Joshua Tree Backroads Hummer H2 Tour, Palm Springs, Nature & Wildlife
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Joshua Tree Backroads Hummer H2 Tour

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Head out on his is a small group tour into Joshua Tree National Park conducted on an exciting luxury H2 Hummer. Enjoy complimentary pick-up from any hotel ...  Read more

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Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure from Palm Desert, Palm Springs, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure from Palm Desert

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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
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Joshua Tree National Park Customized Guided Hiking Tour, Palm Springs, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Joshua Tree National Park Customized Guided Hiking Tour

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

Location: Joshua Tree, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Rappelling Adventures in Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs, Hiking & Camping
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Rappelling Adventures in Joshua Tree National Park

Come join us for half day of fun rappelling. No matter what your level of experience, we are going to show you the ropes and run as many rappels as possible.  ...  Read more

Location: Joshua Tree, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Rock Climbing Anchors Class in Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles, Climbing
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Rock Climbing Anchors Class in Joshua Tree National Park

This small-group, 4-hour class in one of the world's best climbing areas provides hands-on training in all fundamentals of setting up top-rope anchors—a ...  Read more

Location: Joshua Tree, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Deluxe Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk, Las Vegas, Climbing
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Deluxe Grand Canyon West Rim Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk

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