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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
star-4.5
$10.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Joshua Tree National Park self-guided tour
It was very easy to download the app to my phone. Interesting tidbits were offered along the ride through the park.
Christine_B, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

star-4
Easy navigation
Shellette_S, Nov 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Cool narration. Park was very clean and navigation easy to follow. Not too many people on the road or at the attractions. Stops at each attraction was optional, do it didn't last as long as estimated. We made it through in just under 2 hours.
star-5
Great experience!
Todd_K, Nov 2021
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
Travis was outstanding! He was extremely knowledgeable on Joshua Tree National Park, the hiking trails, geology, environment, and flora. I would highly recommend him.
star-5
A good bumpy ride!
Rachael_H, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour
Awesome ride and very knowledgeable staff! Thank you for the great time we all shared I had fun with my family!
star-5
Ron was enjoyable and knowledgeable
Glenn_C, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Seeing the Joshua park and climbing rocks. Nice day we will remember for a long time. We had a nice experience with Ron. Very Personal and friendly
star-5
Wonderful Wonderland
Cheryl_N, Jan 2022
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
Greg was a excellent tour guide. He took us on are favorite tour of our vacation. He was knowledgeable and extremely accommodating. He gave us all his attention and let us have our space. We had a truly wonderful experience and will recommend this tour and tour guide.
star-5
Great tour!
Jon_A, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Great experience. The audio tour really help guide us through this massive park. I would highly recommend this audio tour for anyone not familiar with the park.
star-5
Amazing experience. Highly recommend
Gunjan_B, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour
Enjoyed every second of this tour. The tour guide Will was very good. He explained us everything in detail. He was so friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. 5 extra stars just for Will :-)
star-5
Great Tour for Families
Janet_L, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Mile long hike was amazing. Also loved the vista to the Cholla Cactus Garden. Our tour guide was great too!
star-5
Travis is experienced...
Ken_F, Dec 2021
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
Travis is experienced about this area and his knowledge of the area , plants, animals all made the hike pass in no time
star-5
What a day!
Anne_W, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
The app worked perfectly! We learned so much and the app information really brought the park to life for us.
star-5
Would do it again
Lisa_P, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Offroad Tour
Joshua trees, elephant rock, educational information about the region. Our guide Joe was personable, knowledgeable, fun and safe.
star-4
Nice to have some background on the park
Eileen_K, Jan 2022
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
We had a problem when we plugged our phone in to charge...the app and our car's navigation system didn't like each other. Once we switch to a power bank, everything worked fine.

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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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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