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Joshua Tree is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular national parks – and for good reason. With trails ranging from simple to strenuous, easily accessible rock formations, an epic scenic overlook, and old pioneer history dotted across the open desert, there’s something for everyone. On Shaka Guide’s Joshua Tree National Park Tour you’ll experience the best this spot has to offer at 20 hand-picked stops. Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the Joshua Tree National Park Tour! • Check out the quirky and oddly shaped Joshua Trees • Hike at Split Rock Loop Trail • Take a selfie at Intersection Rock • Ask questions and learn about the park’s flora at Joshua Tree Cultural Center • Watch the sunset at Keys View KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m. Tour Starting Point(s): Interstate 10 (you’ll use the park’s southern entrance) Time to complete: 6-8 hours All Shaka Guide tours come with customer support and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tours never expire.

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Joshua tree tour introduction, bajada nature trail, turn right for the cottonwood visitor center, preview audio.

Cottonwood Visitor Center

Cottonwood Visitor Center

Cholla Gardens

Cholla Gardens

Arch Rock Nature Trail

Arch Rock Nature Trail

Split Rock Loop Trail

Split Rock Loop Trail

Oasis of Mara

Oasis of Mara

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Joshua Tree Cultural Center

Joshua Tree Visitor Center (restroom)

Joshua Tree Visitor Center

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

Intersection Rock (restroom)

Intersection Rock

Barker_Dam_Nature_Trail

Barker Dam Nature Trail

Wall Street Mill Trailhead (restroom)

Wall Street Mill Trailhead

Ryan Mountain Trail

Ryan Mountain Trail

Cap Rock Trail

Cap Rock Trail

lost horse loop trailhead

Lost Horse Loop Trailhead

Keys View

Joshua Tree national park entrance sign

Bajada Nature Trail

Lost Palms Oasis Trailhead

Ocotillo patch

Ocotillo Patch

skull rock

Hall of Horrors

Pay the park fee here, use the restrooms, or ask the rangers questions.

Teddy Bear chollas look furry and cute but nothing could be further from the truth: walk carefully among thousands of mature chollas along a short nature trail. Just don’t get poked, and wear good close-toed shoes.

This beautiful natural arch is one of the largest in the area and is a popular spot for photographers. Have fun climbing around the rocks!

Hike through iconic rock formations on this easy trail.

Use the restroom, browse the gift shop, and enjoy a brief trail around an oasis.

Ask questions, view exhibits, and maybe buy a souvenir or two at Joshua Tree’s newest visitor center.

This is the last chance to stop before re-entering the park for information, a flush toilet, or a quick bite to eat.

This fun little nature trail is one of the park’s most popular hikes, with rock formations to climb on and plenty of cool desert flora to take pictures of.

Vault toilets are available.

Note, if you take the trail counterclockwise, make sure to turn left at the fork in the trail (just before the petroglyphs) to return to the Barker Dam parking lot. If you continue straight, you'll go to the Echo T parking lot, which is further away.

Ryan Mountain is one of the park’s best hikes, and affords adventurers a 360-degree view of the valley and surrounding area.

The site of an attempted (and ill-fated) 1970s funeral, Cap Rock is one of many iconic gneiss formations in the park.

This lovely overlook offers gorgeous sunset views over Palm Springs, and you can also see the San Andreas Fault.

Snap a selfie at the southern entrance’s Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park sign.

A short trail introduces you to the desert’s plant and animal life.

This is a long hike through Joshua Tree’s southern Colorado Desert. It’s very scenic, but there’s little to no shade and can be brutally hot from spring to fall. Bring water and sun protection, but be prepared to be wowed by the landscape and the palm oasis at the trail’s end. You can also just take a brief look at the oasis by the trailhead, and move on to the next stop.

Learn more about the quirky ocotillo plant in this little pull off.

This popular boulder looks a bit like a skull that’s melted in the desert heat.  Please park carefully, as the roadside plants are fragile.

Yet another cool rock formation of rounded gneiss boulders in the middle of the desert.

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Before this, I have never paid for an app nor have I ever reviewed one. I heard about this app on a podcast and decided to try it. We did the road to Hana once before with a guide book and it was awesome. However, the Shaka app is waaaay better than a book. We stayed over in Hana for a few nights so used the app when we drove up and again when we headed out to explore each day. Our trusty Shaka guide was always ready when we were. He provides great places to stop, helpful advice, great info on Hana history and culture. If you’re doing the road to Hana, get this app!

What to do in Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree offers a range of captivating activities for visitors seeking natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Hiking is a highlight, with trails like Hidden Valley showcasing unique rock formations and desert landscapes. Climbing enthus...

Where is Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree is located in southeastern California, USA. The national park encompasses parts of both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert, creating a unique blend of desert ecosystems and iconic landscapes.

Can you enter Joshua Tree anytime?

Joshua Tree National Park's hours can vary based on the time of year. Generally, the park is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The visitor centers and facilities may have varying operating hours, with the Joshua Tree Visitor Center being a popu...

What is an Audio Tour Guide?

Think of us as your personal tour guide in an app. Our tours provide everything a guided tour does, but with the freedom to explore on your terms. Here’s how it works:

  • GPS triggers audio narration to play automatically as you drive or walk.
  • Listen to stories, get local insights, visit must-see stops and get turn-by-turn navigation.
  • GPS triggers audio narration to play automatically as you drive or walk. Listen to stories, get local insights, visit must-see stops and get turn-by-turn navigation.
  • The app works offline so even with spotty service we’ll get you where you need to go.

Pretty cool huh? We think so! Check out our tours and let’s explore together.

Where does the Joshua Tree National Park Tour go?

This tour has 20 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go !  

What should I pack for the Joshua Tree National Park Tour?

  • Phone Car Mount and Charger *Very Important*
  • Sneakers/Hiking shoes
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle, and extra water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Layers - it can get cold

What should I budget for the Joshua Tree National Park Tour?

Of course a lot of the costs will depend on what you choose to do, what you want to eat, and so on.  But here are our estimates to help you plan:

  • Park entry: $30/car
  • Lunch:  $10-15/person (Important: there are no restaurants until you get up to Twentynine Palms.)
  • Water for the group: $5
  • Snacks: $8-15 
  • Gifts/Souvenirs:  $20-50

What are the hours for Joshua Tree National Park?

Joshua Tree National Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year. The visitor centers have varying hours. Learn more about the park here .

Can I join the Joshua Tree National Park Tour en route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the Joshua Tree National Park Tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour is only available starting at the south entrance. However, you can end the tour back where you began or toward the town of Joshua Tree and the northern entrance, which leads back to Palm Springs.

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Tour Content Covers More Than 120 Miles of Joshua Tree Roads & Hundreds Of Destinations

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Just Ahead’s GPS-guided smartphone audio tour of Joshua Tree National Park guides you to the dramatic landmarks and secret treasures that make this 800,000-acre desert park such a spectacular place to visit. As the scenery rolls by, Just Ahead tells you exactly what you’re seeing, and gives you background on the nature and human history of the park. All you need to do is turn on the app and enjoy.

Sample a few of the 200+ stories that play automatically as you drive to and through Joshua Tree National Park:

  • Joshua Tree Intro
  • Hidden Valley
  • Barker Dam Nature Trail
  • Lost Horse Valley

With the Just Ahead app loaded onto your smartphone, you get:

A narrated tour of every paved road in the park (and many dirt roads, too), no matter where you enter or which direction you travel. It even works offline, with no Internet access.

Hours of audio stories that play as you drive through the park at your own pace…covering Mojave Desert wildlife, Native American sites, prospector history and mining ruins, quirky desert characters, rock climbing hotspots, and behind-the-scenery stories…

Insider tips on side trips, day hikes, jaw-dropping vistas, campsites, family adventures…

Park highlights and local favorites, including:

Hidden Valley • Wonderland of Rocks • Indian Cove • Native American Rock Art • Barker Dam • Keys Ranch • Desert Queen Mine • Oasis of Mara • Lost Horse Mine • Keys View • Ryan Ranch • Ryan Mountain • Skull Rock • Cottonwood Spring Oasis • Black Rock Canyon • Cholla Garden • Ocotillo Patch • and Much, Much More

Exhaustively researched, constantly updated . We’ve done the work so you can make the most of your precious vacation time. Simply listen, enjoy, explore…

No need to thumb madly through maps and guidebooks or wonder what you just missed. Just Ahead informs you, entertains you, and gives you an experience of the park you’d never have on your own. It’s like having a friendly park ranger along for the ride!

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  • Start: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Palm Springs or Phoenix
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Highlights Include

  • Cholla Cactus Garden
  • Hall of Horrors
  • Hidden Valley
  • Skull Rock Nature Trail

What to Expect

On first glance, the landscape of Joshua Tree National Park seems harsh and dry, but punctuated with spectacular rock and boulder formations. Wandering among those granite monoliths provides some of the most simple pleasures of exploring. Looking deeper, the plants and animals somehow exist and thrive, having adapted to what is available to them.

That most iconic tree is of course the Joshua Tree – for whom the park is named. W ith its twisted branches and distinctive silhouette, it stands as an emblem of resilience amidst the harsh desert conditions. Native to the southwestern United States, these peculiar trees can only be found in the Mojave Desert and parts of the Sonoran Desert.

Most of us want to see the all iconic sights and get close to the formations.    You will have places like Skull Rock , Arch Rock and Hidden Valley on your must see list. Split Rock and the Hall of Horrors are fine examples of those forces that are strong enough to crack and sculpt granite. In terms of great vistas, Keys View and Barker Dam are not to be missed. There are many places to enjoy the Joshua Trees, but some very special corners are terrific for seeing the Chollo or Teddy Bear Cactus – you’ll find out why, and the distinctive ocotillo shrub, sometimes called the flaming sword or coach whip.

Through time, the Native American people have adapted the necessary skills in live the Joshua Tree region and we will explore their story as we journey.     In our more modern history, the park area attracted all sorts quirky characters shall we say, cattlemen who didn’t always care much for law and order, and prospectors intent on finding gold and good fortune.    Later artists and musicians have found inspiration among the Joshua Trees and the boulders. We’ll share some of those most interesting stories as we go.

Suggested Start Location

Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Palm Springs or Phoenix

Suggested Time

1 – 2 Days

Driving Distance

Within the park, the Park Boulevard Loop route travels between the towns of Joshua Tree and 29 Palms – a distance of 34 miles. Adding the Pinto Basin Road adds a one way trip of 36 miles. From Palm Springs to the Joshua Tree western entrance is approximately 35 miles one way.

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK?

Named for the iconic twisted, spiky trees, Joshua Tree National Park has a fascinating variety of plants and wildlife and spans two distinct desert ecosystems. With its rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes, this unique area is a must-visit for a variety of travelers.

IS IT WORTH VISITING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK?

Joshua Tree is a popular California national park , with an incredibly diverse landscape. With breathtaking views, a wide variety of wildlife, and the endangered Joshua trees, there’s lots to see and do for everyone as well as being a top destination for serious mountain climbing.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONTH TO VISIT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK?

The best time of year to visit Joshua Tree National Park is spring (March to May) and fall (October and November), when outdoor temperatures are mild. Spring is the peak season in terms of visitation, while fall is considered best for hiking. Winter is cool, with temperatures in the 50s during the day and hovering around freezing at night. Summer is the low season (June to September), as daytime temps regularly soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s too hot to stray far from the air-conditioned comfort of the car.

HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK?

One day is enough to see Joshua Tree National Park , but if you add another day or two, you can take in the sights in the surrounding area, from Palm Springs to Pioneertown to the art installations in Joshua Tree. An extra day will also afford you time to go on one of the longer hikes, or try out a special experience such as rock climbing. 

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Explore the rugged beauty of a park where two deserts collide with a self-driving audio tour.

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Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 68+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Joshua Tree in 3-4 hours.

Wander through Joshua Tree National Tree park and discover its hidden secrets with a self-driving audio tour. Learn about the park's history, curiosities, and nature as you follow the app's directions to see as much as you can of the park.

This self-guided driving tour begins at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and follows the park road through this one-of-a-kind national park. As you leave civilization behind, hear about the Cahuilla tribe who once called this place home, and get an introduction to Jim McHaney, who terrorized the townsfolk with his band of ruffians.

Then see the eponymous Joshua trees themselves. Get the facts on why these funky plants look like they do, and what the early Mormon pioneers thought they meant.

Continue on to a hiking trail that leads you to one of the park’s strangest sights, a bunch of rocks with cryptic spiritual inscriptions on them, left by an odd recluse almost 100 years ago. As you go through the park, learn about the wildlife you might spot, from the pint-sized roadrunner to the elusive bighorn sheep.

Next, visit the popular Hidden Valley Nature Trail where the infamous McHaney Gang once kept their stolen cattle while waiting to sell them off. Move on to Intersection Rock, a climbing hub that towers over the surrounding desert.

Afterward, head down into Lost Horse Valley and hear the dramatic tale of how it got its name. It’s a story involving horse theft, a risky move, and a tense encounter with the McHaney Gang. Keys Point awaits beyond this valley, the most popular vista point in the park, where visitors and locals alike flock to catch the sunset.

Up next, swing by the ominous Skull Rock and get a chance to visit some old, abandoned mines in Queen Valley. Then head to an observatory that’s perfect for stargazing, and end up in the Oasis Visitor Center. Your self-guided tour concludes here, just outside Twentynine Palms.

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Welcome to the joshua tree national park tour.

Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Joshua Tree National Park with a self-guided driving tour. This raw desert landscape features incredible vistas, stunning rock formations, and eponymous cartoonish trees. As you drive on the Joshua Tree National Park tour and listen to stories around each bend in the road, keep an eye out for desert animals like the roadrunner, tortoise, and even bald eagle. 

You can start your tour at Joshua Tree Visitor Center, Cottonwood Visitor Center, or the Joshua Tree Cultural Center.

About the Tour

This self-guided driving tour begins at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and follows the park road through this one-of-a-kind national park. As we leave civilization behind, we’ll hear about the Cahuilla tribe who once called this place home and get our introduction to Jim McHaney, who terrorized the townsfolk with his band of ruffians.

Then, of course, we’ll see the eponymous Joshua trees themselves. These funky plants look like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, but we can assure you they’re 100% real! Get the facts on why they look like they do and what the early Mormon pioneers thought they meant on this guided tour of Joshua Tree National Park.

Continue to a hiking trail that leads you to one of the park’s strangest sights: a bunch of rocks with cryptic spiritual inscriptions on them, left by an odd recluse almost 100 years ago. We’ll also fill you in on some of the wildlife you might spot while you’re in the park, from the pint-sized roadrunner to the elusive bighorn sheep.

Next, we’ll visit the ever-popular Hidden Valley Nature Trail, where the infamous McHaney Gang once kept their stolen cattle while waiting to sell them off. Then it’s on to Intersection Rock, a climbing hub that positively towers over the surrounding desert.

After that, we’ll head down into Lost Horse Valley and hear the dramatic tale of how it got its name. It’s a story involving horse theft, a risky move, and a tense encounter with the McHaney Gang. Keys Point awaits beyond this valley, the most famous vista point in the park, where visitors and locals alike flock to catch the sunset.

Up next, we’ll swing by the ominous Skull Rock and get a chance to visit some old, abandoned mines in Queen Valley. Then we’ll head to an observatory that’s perfect for stargazing and end up in the Oasis Visitor Center. Our tour concludes here, just outside Twentynine Palms.

Complement your drive with these top hikes!

Here’s a PDF of the top 10 trails that are along our Joshua Tree tour. You get an overview of the approximate time it takes to do each trail and how easy or difficult the trail is. A quick list of the hiking trails featured in this downloadable PDF is below:

  • Samuelson’s Hiking Trail
  • Willow Hole Trail
  • Quail Mountain Trail
  • Hidden Valley Nature Trail
  • Barker Dam Nature Trail
  • Wall Street Mill Trail
  • Cape Rock Nature Trail

Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail

  • Queen Mountain Trail

Split Rock Loop Trail

Bonus Tour Get a complimentary short bonus tour of Palm Springs with your purchase.

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Where to start?

Starting Point Address: You can start your driving tour from any entrance closest to you.

Main Entrance (West): Joshua Tree Visitor Center – 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

South Entrance: Cottonwood Visitor Center – Pinto Basin Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Northeast Entrance: Joshua Tree Cultural Center –  6533 Freedom Wy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

The starting points of the hikes are mentioned in the PDF .

How does it work?

  • Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
  • Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
  • To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
  • The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
  • Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.

What You'll See

Your tour of Joshua Tree begins in the town of the same name.

Town of Joshua Tree

Hear a little about the town of Joshua Tree as you drive toward the national park.

What's in a Name

Get the story behind the name of Joshua Tree National Park, starting over a hundred years ago.

Joshua Trees

Learn what makes Joshua trees so funky, including a little-known fact about them!

The Makings of a Desert

Discover the forces that actually turned this region into the desert you see today.

West Entrance Gate

Get some tips about pricing before you enter the park itself.

The Cahuilla

Uncover the history of the Cahuilla tribe who once occupied this region.

Bighorn Sheep

Learn about the daring climbers who roam throughout Joshua Tree National Park.

Hiking Safety

Hear some tips about staying safe while hiking in this harsh climate.

Samuelsons Rock

Hike a trail that leads to one of the most peculiar and mysterious landmarks in the park.

Native American Music

Discover the music of the tribes who lived in this area long ago.

Jim McHaney

Get acquainted with the infamous Jim McHaney and his gang of ne'er do wells.

Willow Hole

Take a walk to a gorgeous oasis in the middle of the seemingly inhospitable desert.

Quail Mountain

Find out how some hikers summit the tallest peak in the park.

Stop by an iconic landmark and try your hand at some light bouldering!

Hidden Valley Nature Trail & McHaney Gang Hideout

Stroll one of the park's most popular trails and hear more about the misdeeds of the McHaney Gang.

Intersection Rock

Discover what makes this huge formation the heart of the whole park.

Lost Horse Mountain & The Gold Thief

Hear the wild tale of a miner who struck it rich... almost!

Take a quick, easy hike around one of the most iconic formations in Joshua Tree.

Lost Horse Valley

Cruise through a scenic valley and hear the true story behind its name.

Trek to the remains of an abandoned gold mine out in the desert.

Enjoy one of the best views in the whole park, and the number one spot to catch the sunset.

Learn about stargazing in Joshua Tree and how to locate the north star.

Road Runner vs Wile E. Coyote

Find out why the desert of Joshua Tree might look a little familiar if you used to watch Saturday morning cartoons.

Hall of Horrors

Squeeze through some tight spaces along this hiking trail that's definitely not for the claustrophobic!

Hear more about the unique geology of this place and how it all formed.

Discover what it means for Joshua Tree to sit at the intersection of two deserts.

Queen Valley

Take a detour to another abandoned mine and find out how the whole operation went awry.

Listen to a retelling of an ancient Cahuilla legend about the first shaman.

Snap a one-of-a-kind selfie beside an ominous Joshua Tree landmark.

Hike a trail known for phenomenal desert blooms in the spring.

Desert Flowers

Find out how desert flowers survive and thrive in such a challenging ecosystem.

Cactus Wren

Get familiar with the source of a peculiar sound you might hear while exploring the park.

Changing Seasons

Hear how seasons in Joshua Tree might look a little different from the ones you're used to.

Sky's the Limit Observatory

Visit a spot with some of the best, least-obstructed night sky views around.

Cahuilla Traditions

Learn more about the culture and traditions of the Cahuilla people.

Oasis Visitor Center

Your tour concludes at the Oasis Visitor Center in the town of Twenty-Nine Palms.

Preview The Tour

  what is a joshua tree.

The weird, wiggly-armed Joshua trees look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but they’re actually not trees at all! They belong to the yucca genus and are more closely related to a cactus than a tree.

  Why is it called Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree gets its name from the weird and wild plants of the same name, but those plants first got their name from the Mormons. Mormon pioneers who first saw Joshua trees thought they looked like the Biblical figure of Joshua with his arms raised in prayer and named them accordingly!

  What is so special about Joshua Tree National Park?

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the few places on Earth where Joshua trees can still be found. It’s also the meeting point between two vastly different deserts: The Mojave and the Colorado. You can find more information on Joshua tree specialities in our blog.

  Is Joshua Tree National Park worth visiting?

Without question! Though harsh, this landscape is unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere. The beauty and serenity you can find here is truly something special.

  Are dogs allowed in Joshua Tree?

Dogs are allowed in Joshua Tree, but only in certain areas. If you’re planning on doing much hiking, check beforehand to make sure the trails you’ll hike allow dogs. It gets hot in Joshua Tree, and you definitely don’t want to leave your furry friends in the car!

  How big is Joshua Tree National Park?

Joshua Tree National Park covers a staggering 1,242 square miles of desert. That’s bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! Read more on the sizing of Joshua in detail.

  Can you do a day trip to Joshua Tree?

While Joshua Tree is quite a large park, you can definitely see it in a day if you plan carefully! If you want to do a lot of hiking or bouldering, however, it might be wise to give yourself two days to fully enjoy the park without feeling the time pressure. Take a look at our latest blog post for a day trip to Joshua.

  What to do in Joshua Tree National Park?

Joshua Tree features some really amazing hiking and climbing opportunities for visitors of all skill levels. There’s also plenty of sightseeing for visitors who’d rather stick close to their vehicle. Whatever you do, you should definitely plan to catch a sunset while you’re in the park!

  Is Joshua Tree nice in the winter?

Winter is actually one of the nicest times to visit Joshua Tree! With mild daily highs around 60, you’ll be able to explore and embark on some of the park’s longer hikes without battling the desert heat. Learn more about Joshua in winter in our blog.

  Can you see the Milky Way in Joshua Tree?

Most nights, the Milky Way is indeed visible from Joshua Tree National Park. Just make sure you’ll be out on a clear night and give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness. Read more in our blog post about the milky way .

  What are the entrance fees at Joshua Tree National Park?

A weekly pass to enter the park is $35 per vehicle, $25 for a motorcycle, or $15 if you enter on foot or on a bike. An annual pass costs $55 per vehicle. Joshua Tree also accepts America the Beautiful passes, so if you’ve got one of those, you can get in for free!

  Is there cellular and WiFi service in Joshua Tree National Park?

Cellular data is extremely sparse within Joshua Tree, and WiFi is only available as visitor centers. It’s important to have offline navigation options when visiting the park.

  Name some of the Annual Events in Joshua Tree National Park?

The Joshua Tree Music Festival takes place each spring, and is a great opportunity to soak up some desert vibes. The park also hosts an annual Night Sky Festival in September for avid stargazers.

  What are some Joshua Tree National Park Facts?

Climbers love Joshua Tree for good reason, as the park boasts around 8,000 different climbing routes. The whole park might not exist if not for one woman, Minerva Hoyt, who took it upon herself to protect this amazing landscape.

  Can you do a Self-Guided Tour of Joshua Tree?

Absolutely! Joshua Tree is too large and too spread out to make the most of a bus or van tour, so a self-guided Joshua Tree Tour in your own vehicle or rental is a great alternative.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:.

  • App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
  • Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on your next trip within 1 year of your purchase.
  • Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
  • At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
  • Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.

Exclusions:

  • Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
  • Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
  • Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.

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Joshua Tree National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

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  • Explore the landscape where two deserts collide.
  • Hear true tales of gold, bandits, and wild west lawlessness.
  • Snap unforgettable photos of the super-rare Joshua Trees.
  • Hike, boulder, and stargaze in a place like no other.
  • Get acquainted with all sorts of desert critters.

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  • 6554 Park Boulevard
  • 92252, Joshua Tree, California, United States of America

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  • Activity duration is 365 days 365d 365d

Experience the captivating beauty of Joshua Tree National Park on a scenic driving tour: 68+ miles of natural wonders, taking 2-3 hours to complete.

Explore Joshua Tree's wonders at your pace! Discover unique trees, striking rock formations, and starry nights in this iconic desert landscape. A self-guided adventure awaits!

Want to check out our California Self-Guided Audio Tour Bundle? Choose Option 2.

14+ Tour Of California Self-Guided Driving Bundle

This California Travel Bundle includes a self-guided driving tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles filming locations, 17 Mile Drive, Big Sur, Pacific Coast Highway, San Francisco City, Silicon Valley, Joshua Tree, La Jolla, and Lake Tahoe. Phew! The best part is that your tour is a lifetime. You can do the California Travel Bundle over a few weekends, months, or years because all our excursions are lifetime valid!

The bundle includes the following audio tours:

1. Big Sur 2. Silicon Valley 3. Pacific Coast Highway (both ways) 4. 17 Mile Drive 5. La Jolla 6. San Francisco 7. Lake Tahoe 8. LA Filming Locations 9. Hollywood Homes 10. Joshua Tree 11. Sequoia & Kings Canyon 12. Death Valley 13. Yosemite National Park 14. Hoover Dam tour from Las Vegas 15. San Luis Obispo

What's included, what's not

  • What's included What's included App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours.
  • What's included What's included Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
  • What's included What's included Good value: Buy just one per car. Don’t pay for each person. Save money compared to a bus tour.
  • What's included What's included Private tour in your/rental car: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace
  • What's included What's included Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
  • What's included What's included Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
  • What's included What's included Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated, videos, text, hidden gems.
  • What's excluded What's excluded Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks.
  • What's excluded What's excluded National Park/attraction Passes, entry tickets, or reservation.

Know before you book

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one.
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person.
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app.
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists.
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms.
  • This tour is valid forever - from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change.

What you can expect

Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time!

Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Joshua Tree National Park with this narrated driving tour. Discover a desert full of amazing hikes and cartoonishly strange trees, and hear all about the area’s fascinating history, from the greed of the gold rush to the McHaney Gang’s reign of terror. Enjoy all this in any season from the comfort of your own car! As a bonus, this package also includes a tour through Palm Springs!

After booking, you can check your email before downloading the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. The preceding steps require good internet/wifi access. Simply follow the audio instructions and the route from there.

No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!

This is not an entrance ticket to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.

Points of Interest along the Joshua Tree National Park:-

  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center
  • Quail Mounatin
  • Samuelsons Rock
  • Willow Hole
  • Lost Horse Valley
  • Hidden valley nature trail and McHaney Gang Hideout
  • Intersection Rock
  • Wall Street Mail Trail
  • Lost Horse Mountain
  • Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail
  • Queen Mountain
  • Pine City Trail
  • Desert Queen Mine
  • Cushion Foxtail Cactus & Split Rock Loop Trail
  • Sky's The limit observatory and nature center
  • Oasis visitor center
  • Arch Rock Nature Trail
  • Ocotillo Patch
  • Mastodon Peak
  • Cottonwood Spring Trail
  • Cottonwood Visitor Center
  • Palm Springs Visitors Center
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Walk of the Stars Palm Springs
  • Palm Springs Air Museum
  • Coachella Valley Preserve
  • General Patton Memorial Museum
  • Coxcomb Mountains

Benefits Over Live Guides and Group Tours:

  • This flexible, self-led tour works by sensing your location as you drive
  • The in-depth audio narration plays as you drive
  • Buy just one tour for the whole car, and use it as often as you’d like
  • Once it’s downloaded, the audio tour never expires— use it multiple times
  • Once it’s downloaded, the tour works completely offline
  • Tour your way: choose when to start, stop fast-forward, or rewind
  • Ask for help from a real person anytime over call, chat, or email

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  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place

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  • Masks required
  • Temperature checks given to staff
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  • 92277, TWENTYNIN PLM, California, United States of America
  • 6533 Freedom Way
  • 92277, Twentynine Palms, California, United States of America

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  • 4.5 • 81 Ratings
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Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of a place where two deserts collide with this self-guided driving tour of Joshua Tree National Park, California! Joshua Tree National Park Uncover the secrets hidden within this harsh landscape and learn how to spot the elusive creatures which inhabit it. Hear the dramatic tales of the McHaney Gang, gold thieves, and the hardscrabble men and women who have passed through this desert over the years. Along the winding road, find the best and most unique spots in Joshua Tree, including a couple that most visitors miss entirely! Navigating a desert can be hard work, so just leave all that to your virtual guide! All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the stark, magnificent scenery. As a bonus, this also includes a tour through Palm Springs! Start from any of the park’s entrances (Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, or Cottonwood) and tour with total flexibility. Featuring riveting stories, a great narrator, and easy automatic audio, this app puts exploration in the palm of your hand! Your drive includes all this and more: ■ Joshua Trees “The Trees with Arms” ■ Jim McHaney ■ Quail Mountain ■ Samuelson’s Rocks ■ Willow Hole ■ Lost Horse Valley ■ Hidden Valley Nature Trail ■ McHaney Gang Hideout ■ Road Runner vs Wile E. Coyote ■ Intersection Rock ■ Keys Ranch ■ Barker Dam ■ Wall Street Mill Trail ■ Lost Horse Mountain ■ Desert Sage ■ Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail ■ Keys View ■ Queen Mountain & Valley ■ Pine City Trail ■ Desert Queen Mine ■ Skull Rock ■ Arch Rock Nature Trail HOW IT WORKS: As you travel, audio stories play automatically based on your location. Simply go to the starting point and follow the given route. Each story begins playing on its own, usually just before you reach a point of interest. REVIEWS “It was a reasonably priced tour with flexibility on timing. Key rock formations were highlighted and history of local native Americans was told. One story I enjoyed was how the desert features here were used in the cartoon of the roadrunner (beep beep) and the Wiley Coyote!! at the insistence of the cartoonist. FREE DEMO: Check out the free demo to get an idea of what this tour is all about. If you like it, purchase the tour to get full access to all of the stories. TOUR FEATURES: ▶ Freedom of travel No scheduled tour times, no crowded buses, and no rush to keep moving past stops that interest you. You have freedom to skip ahead, linger, and take as many photos as you want. ▶ Automatic play No muss, no fuss. Just follow the app’s built-in route to all the must-visit spots — the audio stories about everything you see will play automatically! ▶ Works offline Download the tour in advance and then use it seamlessly, even in areas with no service! ▶ Lifetime purchase No monthly subscription. No time limits. No usage limits. Enjoy this tour as many times as you like. ▶ Incredible stories Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and secrets of this famous site with the help of a top-tier narrator and fascinating stories written by experts. ▶ Award-winning app Featured on Thrillist and WBZ, this easy-to-use app won the Laurel Award for Technology from the Newport Mansions, who use the app for over a million tours per year. ■ 12+ California Bundle Audio Tour Guide: There’s no place on earth like California, and this ultimate bundle gives you the complete Golden State experience! Cruise down the picture-perfect Pacific Coast Highway, spot some celebs in LA and hit the beaches in historic La Jolla. Or take time to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature at Lake Tahoe or Joshua Tree National Park. Plus, hack into the tech sector in Silicon Valley and cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran! IMPORTANT NOTES: Download the tour ahead of time for full offline use. Be sure your phone battery is fully charged or take an external battery pack. Continued use of the GPS can drain your battery. https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/dev/stdeula/

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Ratings and Reviews

Like having a personal guide in the car with you.

This review is for the Joshua Tree Tour. We enjoyed using the Hawaii and Lake Tahoe guides. These guides are so clever and easy to use. The Joshua Tree guide was informative and helpful. Just wished there was more narration in lieu of the repetitive Native American inspired music.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for sharing your review of the Joshua Tree Tour. It's great to hear that you enjoyed using the Hawaii and Lake Tahoe guides, finding them clever and user-friendly. The Joshua Tree guide provided valuable information and assistance during your visit. We appreciate your feedback regarding the narration and music choices in the Joshua Tree Tour. While the Native American-inspired music may have added a cultural ambiance, it seems that the repetition may have detracted from the overall experience. Your suggestion for more narration to complement the informative content is noted and can be helpful in refining the tour for future users.

Joshua Tree NP brought to life.

The narrative started on its own at each way point that had info. It was interesting and informative. The park is so beautiful and this only adds to the experience. It felt like a good amount of info in an easy to listen to narrative. Interesting and helpful. Well worth the $5.00! I would download another tour from this company if I’m in another location that offers it. Thanks!
Wonderful! I’m so thrilled that this tour was able to help you enjoy your Joshua Tree experience. Thank you so much for the review!

VERY glitchy, impossible to get refund

The app content seems fine but app itself is VERY glitchy. It freezes then force quits every 3rd audio prompt which made it essentially unusable in the actual park and then takes another 2-3min to relaunch. I have left feedback and am now requesting a refund as I have gone through 3 different channels and have yet to receive any response. TL;DR too glitchy to use in actual park, impossible to get a hold of anyone after purchase for either help or refund. Would not recommend and would not use app from this company again in the future

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  • Joshua Tree Audio Tour Guide $7.99
  • Joshua Tree & Palm Springs $14.99
  • USA National Parks Audio Tour $24.99
  • California Combo Tour $24.99
  • Palm Springs $9.99
  • Sequoia National Park $14.99
  • Action Plus $99.99
  • Hollywood Audio Tour Guide $9.99
  • 17 Mile Drive Audio Tour Guide $9.99
  • Lake Mead Audio Tour Guide $11.99
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Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

Nestled amidst the rugged desert landscape, the Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour offers a modern twist to the traditional exploration of this iconic park.

Like a time-traveling companion, the tour app seamlessly blends history and adventure, allowing visitors to embark on a journey through time while cruising along the park’s scenic roads.

With the touch of a button, travelers can enjoy captivating stories of pioneers, native tribes, and the unique ecosystem that has thrived in this arid wilderness for centuries.

But this audio tour is more than just a narration; it’s an invitation to uncover hidden gems, secret trails, and awe-inspiring vistas that await those who dare to venture off the beaten path.

So buckle up and prepare to be transported into a world where nature’s wonders intertwine with human history, leaving you yearning for more.

Good To Know

  • The Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour allows visitors to explore the park at their own pace.
  • The tour can be downloaded on a smartphone and provides a recommended route and speed limit.
  • There is no time limit to use the tour, and it is available until the visitor is ready to go.
  • The tour offers informative stories and historical facts about Joshua Tree, enhancing the overall experience of visiting the park.

Overview and Benefits of the Audio Tour

The Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour offers an immersive and convenient way to explore the park’s breathtaking landscapes, fascinating history, and diverse flora and fauna. With this self-driving audio tour, visitors can download the app on their smartphones and follow the recommended route and speed limit at their own pace. There’s no time limit, allowing for a flexible and personalized experience.

The tour highlights the best of the national park, guiding visitors to various sites and providing informative stories and historical facts about Joshua Tree. This audio tour enhances the overall experience of visiting the park, allowing for a deeper understanding of its natural wonders and rich heritage.

It’s an adventurous and informative journey that brings the magic and beauty of Joshua Tree to life.

What’s Included and User Experience

Are you curious about what’s included in the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour and what the user experience is like?

The Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour provides an engaging and informative experience for visitors. With the app downloaded on your smartphone, you have access to a flexible schedule, allowing you to use the tour at any time and on any day.

The tour offers valuable information about the park’s history, flora, and fauna, enhancing your overall visit. It also provides accurate location tracking through GPS, ensuring you don’t miss any of the park’s highlights.

The user experience is made easy with automatic story playback by GPS, allowing for a hands-free experience. Plus, with the option to take breaks for photos, snacks, and hikes, you can explore the park at your own pace.

Highlights of the Audio Tour

Embark on an adventurous journey through the Joshua Tree National Park as the narrator shares captivating stories and history of this extraordinary place.

Explore the park’s unique landscapes and stunning rock formations, transporting you to another world.

Discover the diverse flora and fauna that call this desert oasis home, from the iconic Joshua Trees to elusive wildlife.

Explore the rich cultural heritage of the area, learning about the Native American tribes who’ve inhabited the land for centuries.

The audio tour highlights the park’s most iconic sites, allowing you to stop and take in the breathtaking vistas at your own pace.

Enjoy the magic and beauty of Joshua Tree, as the audio tour brings the park to life with fascinating stories and intriguing facts.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a history buff, this tour is sure to enhance your visit and leave you with a deeper appreciation for this remarkable national park.

Recommendations and Challenges

As you continue your journey through the captivating landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park, it’s important to consider some recommendations and challenges that may arise along the way.

The Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour comes highly recommended for a better experience in the park. It provides more information and background than the NPS map and offers a great value for the flexibility it provides.

However, it’s important to note that downloading the tour beforehand is necessary due to limited cell service in the park. Some users have experienced difficulty loading the app while in the park, so it’s recommended to download the tour beforehand to avoid such issues.

Rest assured, refunds are provided for users who encounter technical difficulties, so the tour can still be enjoyed at a later time or shared with friends.

User Satisfaction and Reviews

Users of the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour have expressed their satisfaction with the self-drive experience, calling it the best way to explore the park at their own pace. They’ve praised the informative program, highlighting that it provides great information and entertainment throughout the drive.

Users have also appreciated how the tour answers their questions as they arise, making the experience more engaging and interactive. Plus, many users have mentioned that the tour allows for a seamless drive without the need to constantly stop and start the app.

How to Use the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour

After reading the positive user reviews and gaining an understanding of the benefits and highlights of the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour, it’s time to learn how to make the most of this immersive and informative experience.

To begin, download the Tour Guide App by Action on your smartphone and enter the provided password to access the tour. Once downloaded, the app will automatically play stories and information as you drive through the park, guided by GPS. Remember to follow the recommended route and speed limit to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

The tour provides flexibility, allowing you to stop at various sites and explore at your own pace. Take breaks for photos, snacks, or hikes, and go at your own speed.

With the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour, you can truly enhance your visit and experience the magic and beauty of the park in a unique and adventurous way.

Additional Self-Guided Tours Offered by the App

The Tour Guide App by Action offers a variety of additional self-guided tours, allowing you to embark on new adventures and explore even more fascinating destinations. With these additional tours, you can delve deeper into the wonders of nature, history, and culture.

Here are three exciting options for you to consider:

Mystical Desert Exploration : Venture into the heart of the desert and uncover its hidden secrets. Explore ancient rock formations, discover mystical petroglyphs, and witness breathtaking sunsets over the vast expanse of sand. This tour will leave you in awe of the desert’s beauty and mystery.

Wildlife Safari : Enjoy the diverse wildlife of the region. From elusive desert tortoises to majestic bighorn sheep, this tour will take you on a journey through the park’s unique ecosystems. Get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures and learn about their habitats and behaviors.

Scenic Hiking Trails : Lace up your boots and hit the trails! This tour will guide you through the park’s most stunning hiking routes, offering breathtaking views of towering rock formations, lush oases, and panoramic vistas. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a leisurely stroller, these trails will captivate your senses and leave you with unforgettable memories.

With these additional self-guided tours, the Tour Guide App by Action ensures that your adventure in Joshua Tree National Park is both thrilling and educational. So grab your smartphone and get ready to explore!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the joshua tree national park audio tour take to complete.

The Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour takes as long as the visitor desires. It offers a flexible schedule, allowing travelers to explore at their own pace. There is no time limit, ensuring a thorough and enjoyable experience.

Can I Use the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour on a Guided Bus Tour?

No, the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour is designed for self-driving tours and cannot be used on a guided bus tour. It provides a unique and flexible experience for visitors to explore the park at their own pace.

Is There a Cost Associated With Downloading the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour App?

Yes, there is a cost associated with downloading the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour app. However, it offers a great value for the information and flexibility it provides, enhancing the overall experience of visiting the park.

Can I Use the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour Without a Smartphone?

Yes, the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour requires a smartphone. It is designed to be used with the Tour Guide App, which provides a hands-free, immersive experience that enhances your visit to the park.

Are There Any Age Restrictions for Using the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour?

There are no age restrictions for using the Joshua Tree National Park Audio Tour. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the tour and learn about the park’s history, flora, and fauna at their own pace.

To sum it up, the Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour is an exciting and convenient way to explore the beauty and history of the park.

With the tour app on your smartphone, you can enjoy informative stories and facts while driving at your own pace.

Whether you prefer to stay in the car or stop and explore various sites, this tour offers flexibility and a wealth of valuable information.

Don’t miss out on this unique and adventurous experience!

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Joshua Tree is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular national parks – and for good reason. With trails ranging from simple to strenuous, easily accessible rock formations, an epic scenic overlook, and old pioneer history dotted across the open desert, there’s something for everyone. On Shaka Guide’s Joshua Tree National Park Tour you’ll experience the best this spot has to offer at 20 hand-picked stops. Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the Joshua Tree National Park Tour! • Check out the quirky and oddly shaped Joshua Trees • Hike at Split Rock Loop Trail • Take a selfie at Intersection Rock • Ask questions and learn about the park’s flora at Joshua Tree Cultural Center • Watch the sunset at Keys View KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m. Tour Starting Point(s): Interstate 10 (you’ll use the park’s southern entrance) Time to complete: 6-8 hours All Shaka Guide tours come with customer support and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tours never expire.

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Joshua tree tour introduction, bajada nature trail, turn right for the cottonwood visitor center, preview audio.

Cottonwood Visitor Center

Cottonwood Visitor Center

Cholla Gardens

Cholla Gardens

Arch Rock Nature Trail

Arch Rock Nature Trail

Split Rock Loop Trail

Split Rock Loop Trail

Oasis of Mara

Oasis of Mara

Joshua_Tree_Cultural_Center

Joshua Tree Cultural Center

Joshua Tree Visitor Center (restroom)

Joshua Tree Visitor Center

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

Intersection Rock (restroom)

Intersection Rock

Barker_Dam_Nature_Trail

Barker Dam Nature Trail

Wall Street Mill Trailhead (restroom)

Wall Street Mill Trailhead

Ryan Mountain Trail

Ryan Mountain Trail

Cap Rock Trail

Cap Rock Trail

lost horse loop trailhead

Lost Horse Loop Trailhead

Keys View

Joshua Tree national park entrance sign

Bajada Nature Trail

Lost Palms Oasis Trailhead

Ocotillo patch

Ocotillo Patch

skull rock

Hall of Horrors

Pay the park fee here, use the restrooms, or ask the rangers questions.

Teddy Bear chollas look furry and cute but nothing could be further from the truth: walk carefully among thousands of mature chollas along a short nature trail. Just don’t get poked, and wear good close-toed shoes.

This beautiful natural arch is one of the largest in the area and is a popular spot for photographers. Have fun climbing around the rocks!

Hike through iconic rock formations on this easy trail.

Use the restroom, browse the gift shop, and enjoy a brief trail around an oasis.

Ask questions, view exhibits, and maybe buy a souvenir or two at Joshua Tree’s newest visitor center.

This is the last chance to stop before re-entering the park for information, a flush toilet, or a quick bite to eat.

This fun little nature trail is one of the park’s most popular hikes, with rock formations to climb on and plenty of cool desert flora to take pictures of.

Vault toilets are available.

Note, if you take the trail counterclockwise, make sure to turn left at the fork in the trail (just before the petroglyphs) to return to the Barker Dam parking lot. If you continue straight, you'll go to the Echo T parking lot, which is further away.

Ryan Mountain is one of the park’s best hikes, and affords adventurers a 360-degree view of the valley and surrounding area.

The site of an attempted (and ill-fated) 1970s funeral, Cap Rock is one of many iconic gneiss formations in the park.

This lovely overlook offers gorgeous sunset views over Palm Springs, and you can also see the San Andreas Fault.

Snap a selfie at the southern entrance’s Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park sign.

A short trail introduces you to the desert’s plant and animal life.

This is a long hike through Joshua Tree’s southern Colorado Desert. It’s very scenic, but there’s little to no shade and can be brutally hot from spring to fall. Bring water and sun protection, but be prepared to be wowed by the landscape and the palm oasis at the trail’s end. You can also just take a brief look at the oasis by the trailhead, and move on to the next stop.

Learn more about the quirky ocotillo plant in this little pull off.

This popular boulder looks a bit like a skull that’s melted in the desert heat.  Please park carefully, as the roadside plants are fragile.

Yet another cool rock formation of rounded gneiss boulders in the middle of the desert.

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What to do in Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree offers a range of captivating activities for visitors seeking natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Hiking is a highlight, with trails like Hidden Valley showcasing unique rock formations and desert landscapes. Climbing enthus...

Where is Joshua Tree?

Joshua Tree is located in southeastern California, USA. The national park encompasses parts of both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert, creating a unique blend of desert ecosystems and iconic landscapes.

Can you enter Joshua Tree anytime?

Joshua Tree National Park's hours can vary based on the time of year. Generally, the park is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The visitor centers and facilities may have varying operating hours, with the Joshua Tree Visitor Center being a popu...

What is an Audio Tour Guide?

Think of us as your personal tour guide in an app. Our tours provide everything a guided tour does, but with the freedom to explore on your terms. Here’s how it works:

  • GPS triggers audio narration to play automatically as you drive or walk.
  • Listen to stories, get local insights, visit must-see stops and get turn-by-turn navigation.
  • GPS triggers audio narration to play automatically as you drive or walk. Listen to stories, get local insights, visit must-see stops and get turn-by-turn navigation.
  • The app works offline so even with spotty service we’ll get you where you need to go.

Pretty cool huh? We think so! Check out our tours and let’s explore together.

Where does the Joshua Tree National Park Tour go?

This tour has 20 stops. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go !  

What should I pack for the Joshua Tree National Park Tour?

  • Phone Car Mount and Charger *Very Important*
  • Sneakers/Hiking shoes
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle, and extra water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Layers - it can get cold

What should I budget for the Joshua Tree National Park Tour?

Of course a lot of the costs will depend on what you choose to do, what you want to eat, and so on.  But here are our estimates to help you plan:

  • Park entry: $30/car
  • Lunch:  $10-15/person (Important: there are no restaurants until you get up to Twentynine Palms.)
  • Water for the group: $5
  • Snacks: $8-15 
  • Gifts/Souvenirs:  $20-50

What are the hours for Joshua Tree National Park?

Joshua Tree National Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year. The visitor centers have varying hours. Learn more about the park here .

Can I join the Joshua Tree National Park Tour en route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Can I take the Joshua Tree National Park Tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour is only available starting at the south entrance. However, you can end the tour back where you began or toward the town of Joshua Tree and the northern entrance, which leads back to Palm Springs.

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