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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

Explore the geology around California’s legendary San Andreas fault during a Jeep tour from Palm Desert. See a desert oasis fed by an underground spring as your naturalist guide describes how the Native American Cahuilla tribe used the desert's plants for food, medicine and shelter. Marvel at steep-walled canyons and tall twisted rock mountains, and learn about the plant and animal life of the area. Choose from a morning or after tour that includes light snacks, bottled water and round-trip transport from Palm Desert hotels.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Nature & Wildlife

Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour

Explore the uncanny landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a 4.5-hour van tour from Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned van or SUV as you navigate soaring granite formations and groves of the park’s famously spiky trees, and capture unforgettable images of terrain that spans the Colorado and Mojave deserts. Trace a gentle trail into the rocks at Hidden Valley and Keys View, watch for the park’s reclusive wildlife, and experience the unique beauty of one America’s most remarkable national parks.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Joshua Tree Hummer Adventure from Palm Desert

Explore a shady oasis and rugged canyons on a 4-hour Hummer adventure that goes deep into Joshua Tree’s arid landscape. Leave Palm Desert and hold on tight as your guide takes you through the park’s back roads, and enjoy sweeping views from the truck’s open top. Walk through the heart of a vast oasis, and learn about the settlers and Cahuilla Indians that lived in this harsh environment; watch for golden eagles and bighorn sheep as you navigate Berdoo canyon then discover ancient stands of bristling Joshua trees.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

San Andreas Fault Hummer Tour

Stand above a gaping rift in the earth’s crust on a 3-hour hummer tour that goes deep into California’s rugged desert terrain. Enjoy sweeping views from your open-air truck as you leave Palm Desert for the San Andreas Fault, and learn about the area’s extraordinary history and geology from your guide. Look down into some of the world’s oldest ravines, watch for bighorn sheep and golden eagles as you explore the back roads of Berdoo Canyon, then take a 30-minute hike through the heart of a vast palm oasis.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Sunset Joshua Tree Hike with Dinner and Night Sky Presentation

Experience Joshua Tree by night on a private 6-hour guided hike. Take provided transportation to the national park, where you get complimentary admission. Follow your guide through Joshua Tree in the late afternoon and stop to watch the sunset. Head to a valley and enjoy a privately prepared dinner as the stars fill the sky. With little ambient light, you’re able to see the constellations clearly with guided commentary.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Half-Day Jeep Tour of the San Andreas Fault From Palm Springs

Learn about California's geology and desert wilderness on a half-day Jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault. Drive through the Coachella Valley to the fault zone while hearing from your guide about native plant and animal life, local history, the Salton Sea, and earthquakes. Depending on your preference, you can take a nature walk in the desert or stay in the vehicle. You'll also stop by a date farm where you can try their signature date milkshake. Includes guide, transportation, and light refreshments.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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ATV and RZR Off-Road Adventure Tour

Out here in the Ocotillo desert, you may have the chance to see the most amazing sunrises and sunsets you've ever seen! Ride through all kinds of desert terrain in our ATV's, Razors or dirt bikes, as we take you on tours anywhere from 15 to 50 miles in 4 hours. You might have the chance to see Painted Gorge, a beautiful canyon colored by purple, green and red dirt; drive around the bombing range where you'll see an abandoned WWII Russian tank; witness F-18's dropping practice bombs and missiles, or Cobra and Apache helicopters shooting the Russian tank with 50 caliber bullets; watch the Blue Angels training for the air show (January through March); see The Sandbar, a local shrine covered in off road tributes and treasures (make sure to bring memorabilia of your own to post there!); experience "wide open" on an enormous, flat dry lake bed; or visit Superstition Sand Dunes, with 5,500 Acres of sandy, hilly fun and the spot where they shot the movie Jarhead.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours

Nature & Wildlife

Palm Springs General Admission to The Living Desert

Experience Palm Springs’ wilder side with admission to The Living Desert, a zoo and botanical garden that showcase desert plants and wildlife from around the world. Explore the 1200-acre (486-ha) property on hiking trails and extensive tram lines that cross ecosystems from Africa, the Americas and the Australian Outback. Watch for the park’s 450 animals as you learn how they adapt to life in earth’s most arid places, and enjoy live shows, animal feedings and family-friendly activities aimed at education and conservation.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour

The lush resorts of Palm Springs will feel a million miles away when you get out in the wilds of Joshua Tree National Park on this small group Jeep tour. Leave the city behind as you head off-road and over a rocky landscape some people say feels like being on another planet. See plants and rock formations that are unique to the desert, and learn what makes Joshua Tree so special.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Palm Springs Puzzling Adventure

Make your time in Palm Springs into an interactive game with this smartphone-based scavenger hunt tour. You and your group of up to 12 people can tear through Palm Springs on the hunt for clues that reveal facts and figures about the town while leading you ever onward. Test your problem- and puzzle-solving skills during this activity, great for groups of friends and family.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Joshua Tree Backroads Hummer H2 Tour

Venture far off the tourist trail onto the backroads in Joshua Tree National Park. This small group tour in a luxury Hummer H2 takes you from your Palms Springs hotel to the park, through the West Entrance, to the Inselberg rock formations, and past the distinctive trees for which the park is named and into the heart of the San Andreas Fault.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Indian Canyons by Jeep plus Hiking Tour from Palm Springs

Go deep into Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons on a 3-hour, small group Jeep and hiking tour to the ancestral home of the Cahuilla tribes. Take in views of the rugged desert landscape as you ride into the rocky canyons, and learn the rich history of the Cahuilla; take a 1-mile (1.6-km) walk along a palm-lined stream to see the traces of historic Native American settlements. Visit a shady desert oasis, walk to a seasonal spring and browse a tribal trading post, then finish the tour at your Palm Springs hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

San Andreas Fault Sunset & Stargazing Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

Enjoy an evening of stargazing in the California desert on this guided small-group tour from Palm Desert. Explore a private, 800-acre preserve on the San Andreas Fault and learn about the desert’s plants, animals, history, geology and earthquakes in an open-air Jeep. Then examine the dark, starry sky with a hand-held tracking device. Granola snacks, bottled water, and a pickup and drop-off from select Palm Desert hotels are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Climbing

Rappelling Adventures in Joshua Tree National Park

Learn to rappel with an expert instructor in Joshua Tree National Park. After an introduction to the basics, you can do as many rappels as time allows during the 4-hour experience. Soak in the natural beauty of this southern California landscape during this beginning rappelling lesson that is suitable for adventurous people who enjoy a fun outdoors challenge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Climbing

Half-Day Rock Climbing Adventure in Joshua Tree National Park

Go rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park on a 4-hour climbing tour. Your guide provides instruction and all necessary gear for this lesson, which is suitable for beginning level climbers. No prior experience needed for this small-group tour.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour

Explore the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park by SUV or van on a tour from Palm Springs. Drive over the San Andreas Fault and up steep canyons to scenic viewpoints, and take a guided hike to Hidden Valley. You'll learn from your guide about the history and wildlife of the high and low desert, and get great photo-ops of the sculpture-like rock formations and the famous Dr. Suess-like Joshua trees.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes

Climbing

All-Day Rock Climbing Adventure in Joshua Tree National Park

This beginner level climbing adventure offers a fun and active day out in the sun. Leave Palm Springs behind as you head out for the day rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Leave the rope tying and route planning to the experts. Everything is done for you, so you can get to the fun part faster.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private Tours to Joshua Tree Summit!

Wild West HumVee Tours go off-road to some of the most unique parts in Joshua Tree National Park and other parts of the Mojave Desert & Colorado Desert.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Climbing

Sport Climbing Class in Joshua Tree National Park

Learn how to lead sport routes during a 4-hour sport climbing class in Joshua Tree. Your instructor covers how to safely clip gear, lead belay, manage your rope, protect from a leader fall, and plan your route.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$295.00
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Climbing

Traditional Climbing Class in Joshua Tree National Park

This traditional rock climbing class takes place in Joshua Tree National Park. Learn skills such as rope management, route finding and assessment, how to lead belay and much more. Participants must have some prior rope climbing experience and know how to tie-in to a rope and belay on top-rope setting.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Climbing

Basic Self-Rescue Climbing Class Joshua Tree National Park

Every rock climber should be well-versed in rescue situations. This basic self-rescue class teaches students how to rescue themselves as well as others. Learn how to escape belay, how to rescue or aid an injured or fallen climber, and much more. Equipment is provided, but participants are welcome to use their own, as practicing with familiar equipment will better prepare you for real rescue situations.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Climbing

4-Hour Private Guided Rock Climbing Trip in Joshua Tree National Park

Are you a beginner or intermediate rock climber looking to have a fantastic time sampling the excellent rock climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park under the careful watch of an experienced and certified rock climbing guide?Maybe you have a family with kids who absolutely love rock climbing?Or perhaps you are an experienced climber looking for a partner to climb as many rock climbing routes as possible during your trip?Regardless of your experience level, desires or goals there is a fantastic rock climbing trip ready and waiting for you!!!
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Hiking & Camping

Joshua Tree National Park Customized Guided Hiking Tour

Explore the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a customized, guided hiking tour that takes in the best of the region. Tailor the trip to your interests and abilities, and walk to soaring granite formations with sweeping views of the arid terrain. Learn about the plants and animals that thrive in this unique ecosystem, then see Joshua Tree’s fascinating geological history laid bare in the rock record. Choose between a 1- or 2-day hiking tour, and immerse yourself in one of America’s most distinctive National Parks.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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Private Tours to WhiteWater Preserve in the WildLands Conservancy!

Wild West HumVee Tours go off-road to some of the most unique parts in WhiteWater Preserve in The WildLands Conservancy!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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