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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

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Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
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The tour worked just like it said it would. We enjoyed it, like having a guide right in the car with us. It's much better than just driving around randomly.
Robert_J, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

star-4
great app
Alan_D, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
The drive through the park was so nice with the narrative. We enjoyed learning a little more about the park, its history and stories from the past. One suggestion for the app would be, when it suggests 'if you have time, take this side trip' it'd be nice to know how much time it might take. Also, the map didn't show up, but that was not a big problem, just followed the road and signs. Thank you for the app! Great day!!!
star-5
Awesome audio guide for first timers!
Katherine_C, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
This was our first time in Joshua Tree and this tour made it a great experience! The tour was an excellent guide around the park, we learned some fun facts, hit up some great spots and went on a few great hikes - all recommended by the tour! Highly recommend!
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
Collin is an awesome guide!
Judith_D, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
We learned so much about the area and the history of the park and the current threats to the future of the park.
star-5
Awesome tour of Joshua Tree Park
Beth_S, Sep 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Colin was very knowledgeable not only of the Park but of the area. Highly recommend this tour. The Park is huge and easy to get turned around in but with a guide we went right to the highlights!
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We had a really enjoyable...
Lewis_W, Sep 2021
Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park
We had a really enjoyable hike! Our guide Travis was very knowledgeable from plants to terrain. He did an excellent job catering to our needs!
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This is a beautiful park....
Monica_R, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
This is a beautiful park. We really enjoyed watching the rock climbers in different spots throughout the park. The app is great and was in real time and worked!
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
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Girls Trip to Joshua Tree
Debbie_B, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
The whole trip was mouth dropping amazing. The scenery was incredible! This is a must go for anyone!!! We liked having the audio guided tour app. Make the drive even more enjoyable!
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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
Worth every penny!
Sherry_W, Oct 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour
This audio tour gave you the information you needed to see all the important/must see spots in the park. It also adapted when you went off the path. We enjoyed it very much!
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Kathleen_N, Sep 2021
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour
Our guide, Kolin, was excellent!!!! I would do this tour all over again. His knowledge of both Joshua Tree and Coachella valley, was wonderful. Highly recommend this tour.

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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