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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
$8.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great self guided tour
It was very easy to follow. Hit all the best stops! You can go at your own pace and has options for hikes.
Kristen_K, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

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-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
Top Notch experience!
Scott_C, Nov 2021
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
Travis was an amazing guide for the journey my son (14) and I took. He is such an amazing ambassador for all things Joshua Tree- he cares about the land, he educates, he's safe and always mindful of our surroundings. He checked in with us throughout the journey on our energy level, interest level and was able to share things we would have never found by just driving in and out. It was most memorable and we couldn't have asked for a better guide and experience
star-4
Great tour
lorainebest, Nov 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
The audio tour was great! Loved that we found out about the history of the park as well as the flora and fauna.
star-5
Stunning scenery
David_M, Nov 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Amazing scenery coupled with information from our guide, Isobel. Just a fantastic half day trip! A perfect way to experience the park for the first time as a solo traveller.
star-5
Magnificent day
Paula_D, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Isabel our guide made it memorable. Ahe taught us the history of the park and as we drove there the history of surrounding towns and even the San Andreas fault aa we crossed it. Ahe got to know us and stopped for climbing, photos and vistas ahe knew we'd like. Skull rock and the highest point in our part if the park with Coachella Valley below were high points. I would want Isabel as a guide again
star-5
Highly recommend
Michelle_J, Nov 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Decided to take a trip to Joshua Tree during my time in LA. I booked this self driving audio tour so we could get information about the park as we drove. We really enjoyed it. We were able to go at our own pace, explore when we wanted and learned a lot.
star-5
It’s a nice half day tour.
Bernadette_G, Sep 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
We’ve never been to Joshua Tree National Park before and decided to see it at a whim for a weekend get away to Palm Springs. The guide/ tour was very informative and just what we needed. We brought some grub for a nice picnic. It was a very private experience for bonding with each other and nature
star-5
so fun great time
sydney_h, Aug 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
our guide was so cool and nice we had such a good time with him he was so helpful and informative 10/10
star-5
Definitely get this!?
Cathy_C, Nov 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
It was awesome to get the history and have some background information on different areas of the park. Without the guide we would have missed a lot of the sites!
star-5
Amazing!
Indy_D, Jul 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour
Isabel was our guide, she was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun. She did a great job explaining history and connecting it to the Joshua tree park Highly recommend !
star-5
Easy to use
Anonymous, Nov 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
Easy to download the app and easy to use inside the park-where there’s no cell service. Easy to stop and start the app. Great information about the geology and history of the park.

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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