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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

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.

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Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
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$14.99 per adult
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Amazing
There is so much beauty to see here. Simply put it was truly amazing. I would come here again and I highly recommend it.
JOEANTHONY_E, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

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We had Brad as our guide...
Braxton_L, May 2022
Rock Climbing Trips in Joshua Tree National Park (4 Hours)
We had Brad as our guide and he was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. He ensured our safety was always a priority. He also stayed 30 minutes after our booking time so that my birthday could try a harder climb he had been wanting to do
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Joshua tree hike with our guide Hollis
Joel_S, Jun 2022
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
My 10 year old son and I did a fun 5 mile moderately challenging hike with Hollis. She was quite pleasant and had a good demeanor and working with my son. This was quite an educational hike and I feel like we learned a lot about Joshua tree national Park as well as seeing some unique sites.
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Memories made
kristine_S, Mar 2022
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
Travis was absolutely incredible! He led our family of 4 through the rocks in a way that was safety focused as well as challenging and encouraging to our level. We learned a lot about nature and ourselves. We are stronger humans because of our experience and what Travis saw in us in such a short time together. We highly recommend Travis as a guide! He is fun, adaptable, knowledgeable and a SUPER SOLID DUDE!
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Joshua Tree - Aug 2022
John_D, Aug 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Kolin was very knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and professional. He took us to all the best spots. This trip was ideal for us being that my wife is pregnant and the walking we did do was very manageable. Going at 7AM was a really good idea because we avoided crowds, lines at the gate, and the temperature was nice.
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Great App. Will Download another one when I visit another park.
Shoba_D, Aug 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Enjoyed the whole trip and stories. We started our trip at the Cottonwood Visitor Center. However, the road was closed due to a flash flood the previous night, so we ended up going to the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and restarted our tour there. Had no issues at all. Loved how we were able to stop and restart as needed. Would definitely recommend!!
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Excellent audio tour easy...
Ari_S, Aug 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Excellent audio tour easy to follow! And can do in just an hour or two. The park has a road that takes you to all sites on the path.
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Joshua tree tour
Danna_R, Aug 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour
Great views. Peak views were amazing. Our guide was great! It was a great experience! 4 hours of pure bliss!
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Great way to see Joshua...
Paul_S, May 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Great way to see Joshua Tree National Park! Our tour guide Elizabeth was excellent! She took is to fascinating spots in the park.
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Great hiking experience
Yazmin_Y, Jul 2022
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
Great experience. We basically had a private tour me and my husband. Hollis was incredible! She was very accommodating, knowledgeable and patient. She went out of her way to provide a great experience.
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Great Experience!
Kathryn_W, Jul 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Ben was an amazing tour guide and was very knowledgeable about everything from geography to the biodiversity of the park. He even gave me rock climbing tips. Highly recommend this tour!
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A beautiful park in the desert
Aki_T, May 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
The tour was very informative of the desert as well as the Joshua Tree National Park. Jeff, the tour guide, had interesting stories and took time to show us the small things that we tourists would not have experienced otherwise. The photo spots were very picturesque to capture the beauty of the park.
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Joshua Jeep Tree experience - for a Jersey girl
Joanne_O, Jun 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour
It was an overall great experience. Being able to go out into the park off roading with a knowledgeable tour guide provided insight into the history, local wildlife and plants. We were lucky in that we saw a mother goat with her 2 young kids.
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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.

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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.

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Trip ideas


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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Joshua Tree National Park?
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What else should I know about attractions in Palm Springs?
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As well as visiting the Joshua Tree National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: