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Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Tour of Joshua Tree National Park, with Hidden Valley hike, from Palm Springs
  • Check out the San Andreas Fault and learn about southern California's geology
  • See towering rock formations in Hidden Valley
  • Look for wildlife and get great desert photo ops
  • Includes picnic lunch, bottled water, transportation, and guided hike
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Eco-tour with an expert naturalist guide
A nature walk or hike, geared to the ability of the guests
Snacks
Joshua Tree National Park Admission
Lunch
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Guests may also join the tour at our office in Palm Desert: 74-794 Lennon Place, Suite B, Palm Desert, CA 92260, meet us in downtown Palm Springs in front of the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in the Sightseeing Tour Loading Zone (100 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262), or can meet us at the Joshua Tree National Park West Entrance Visitor's Center: 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Hotel pickup is offered from the following cities: La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs or Desert Hot Springs.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your tour starts with pickup in a climate-controlled SUV or van from either the Greater Palm Springs area or the Visitor Center in the town of Joshua Tree. If you're coming from Palm Springs, your guide shares details about the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass wind and solar farms that you pass en route.

Once you arrive at Joshua Tree National Park (admission included), you'll see two deserts and the transition zone between the two ecosystems. Listen to informative commentary from your guide about the history of the area, the plants, and animals of the high desert, and the origins of the national park. Your guide provides a picnic lunch that you eat in a scenic location.

Follow your guide on a hike to Hidden Valley, which is known for its majestic rock formations. Stop at Key’s View Overlook, located at 5,185 feet (1,580 meters) in elevation, with views that extend to Mexico on a clear day.

At the end of the tour, return to your original departure point.

Be sure to bring sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, and comfortable clothing for warm and cool weather. It is recommended to dress in layers as desert temperatures can change quickly. Please note that temperatures in the park can be much cooler than in the low desert.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Keys View
From the Keys View overlook, you can see all the way to Mexico on a clear day!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hidden Valley
Enjoy a 1-mile easy guided hike through picturesque Hidden Valley.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Tour includes a short stop at the Joshua Tree Visitor's Center (West Entrance).
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Joshua Tree National Park
This is the perfect tour for those who want to learn about the 16th largest park in the National Park System.  Managed 85% as a vast federal wilderness, Joshua Tree National Park lies within the Mojave Desert – and, it’s an architectural wonderment of fabulous, jumbled boulders, along with the Park’s iconic and endemic Dr. Seuss-esque’s plant:  the Joshua Tree.  This tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Park’s lively pioneer and dramatic mining history, the ancients' footprints and culture, take a walk (or easy) hike, possibly see focused rock climbers practicing for future big wall climbs, and learn about plants treasured by high desert enthusiasts – all through lively narration from your seasoned guide.  Everyday is a new day in Joshua Tree, so you never know what you might find! Guests joining us in the Greater Palm Springs area will enjoy a narrated tour of the Coachella Valley and learn about the wind and solar energy generated from the San Gorgonio Pass wind and solar farms on the way to the Park. Guests may also join the tour at the Park’s west entrance Visitor's Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Both options include a delicious picnic lunch.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tours offer the chance to hike or take short nature walks
  • Be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes for hiking tours and casual clothes.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to ward off the intense desert sun.
  • Remember your camera and lots of film!
  • Guides are First Aid and CPR Certified and jeeps are radio equipped
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests should be able to walk at least a mile. If you have mobility issues, please let us know prior to departure.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Desert Adventures - Palm Springs

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park SUV or Van Tour.

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Great trip! Very nice people are...
Laurent U
, Jul 2006
Great trip! Very nice people are running it. I absolutely recommend it, especially if you come from abroad and cannot visit this desert on your own!

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