Joshua Tree National Park: Iconic Scenic Tour
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239 Ratings
Palm Desert
Embark on an exciting small group tour of Joshua Tree National Park, exploring its iconic landscapes and vibrant colors. Learn about its geological history and the stories of its past inhabitants. Book your tour now!
Duration: 5 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Joshua Tree National Park - We provide you an informative and entertaining tour of Joshua Tree with one of our professional geology guides. You will explore the park with a professional eco guide while you explore the ancient geological landscape that was once the home of the Serrano Indians.

We also take you to the most photographed places in the park and take a walk in an area where you can find Indian cave drawings and even an old dam left by cowboys long past.

  • Cap Rock Trail - Explore with your guide enormous rock formations exposed at the Earths surface that were produced by the very forces of the San Andreas Fault miles beneath. Here rocks seem to precariously balance upon one another in a fight between gravity and subterranean forces. A 30 minute optional guided walk is made here.
  • Intersection Rock - This iconic rock formation is one of the most popular places in the park for rock climbers. Gawk at the climbers as they challenge the perils of the 3rd dimension.
  • Barker Dam Trail - Take an optional hike with your Wilderness guide on this Trail originally lay down by the Cowboys. This will take you by Indian petroglyphs as well as a water resource that is used by high elevation Bighorn Sheep and deer.

This area is surrounded with 20 million year old Miocene rock formations that are the vaunted destination for expert rock climbers all over the world.

  • Keys View - Gawk at a view that stretches for hundreds of miles. From this high point in Joshua Tree you can see as far as the Salton Sea and all the way down to Mexico on a clear day.

You might even be able to make out your hotel on this escarpment that borders the famous San Andreas Fault. Look below this ledge we will stop at and you will see the fault line itself which stretches for over 800 miles.

What's Included
  • Expert national park guide
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
  • All fees and/or taxes
Additional Information

Embark on an intimate group expedition through Joshua Tree National Park in a thrilling SUV or tour van. Marvel at the spectacular rock formations painting a striking landscape of rich geological hues against California’s most azure sky!

Your seasoned guide will enhance your knowledge about the formation of this landscape and weave tales about the indigenous people and settlers who inhabited it.

You’ll visit the park’s most emblematic and frequently photographed sites, as well as stop-off at a lookout that provides a panoramic view up to Mexico’s border!

This tour will traverse the park’s most remarkable sites including its mythical giant boulders, and offer insights about the seismic activity of the San Andreas Fault that shakes the terrain under Joshua Tree itself.

TOUR TIMING

Morning Excursions:

Morton’s, Palm Desert
Daily
8 am - 1 pm

Palm Springs Art Museum
Wednesday & Saturday
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Welcome Center, Yucca Valley
Daily
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Dress in light clothes in the summer and layers in the winter. It is 20 to 30 degrees cooler in the high desert
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. There is a 4 person minimum to run this tour.
Location
Morton's The Steakhouse
Country Club Drive
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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70sherid
May 10, 2024
Great Park Overview - This was a fun tour. Our guide, Tom had great enthusiasm and tons of information about the area. He is a great people person with l I ts of patience for the photographers and wanderers in the group. He has a great playlist too!!
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Elizabeth_r
May 4, 2024
Great Adventure! - Experiencing Key View and all the other areas. Enjoyed the history of the park.! Tom was very attentive to the guests.
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228julianf
Apr 27, 2024
Accidental amazingness! - Our original tour was for a van but it got canceled, so we were moved to the humvee tour. It was truly amazing! The scenery was mesmerizing, the open air felt exhilarating and our guide Tom was so engaging and just wonderful. The tour was definitely a highlight of our trip. Very highly recommend.
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Kimberle_k
Apr 27, 2024
Joshua Tree is a must see - Tom Weber our guide was fabulous. Very know and accommodating. The Hummer was comfortable, the walks were beautiful. Everything was perfect.
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Cindyra3212sa
Apr 27, 2024
Incredible tour guides and an incredible experience - Both the van trip to the park area and the hummer tour through the park were excellent. Both drivers were incredibly knowledgeable. Gary (van driver) gave a master class in local geology and was able answer all questions. Tom (park tour driver) was a delight: smart, personable, and caring. The park tour was incredible and I learned so much plus was able to appreciate the miracle that is Joshua Tree. Highly recommended.
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Miwa_l
Apr 25, 2024
Very friendly tour for first time visitor. - Tour host Tom is great and kind person! He is very happy to navigate to people who is visiting first time and very kind. He knows everything about Joshua tree national park! Amazing tour.
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Mohammad2233
Apr 24, 2024
Joshwa Tree Park - Tom was our guide and he was absolutely great. He explained everything so clearly. We stopped at some amazing sites and the view was breathtaking. We climbed rocks and walked through the desert and experienced these amazing trees and the landscape.
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Erin_p
Apr 24, 2024
Great Time! - Tom was great. Very knowledgeable, he was friendly and took us to some great spots. Definitely recommend!
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Culture05755586297
Apr 18, 2024
Best guide ever - This was one of the best tours I have ever been on. The scenery was beautiful and the adventure that my children had on the tour made the experience so phenomenal. Joe the guide was phenomenal. He went above and beyond to give us an amazing experience. I was worried my nine-year-old son would be bored, but this was his favorite part of visiting Palm Springs, he loved climbing the rocks. It was so interesting and truly fun.
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Peter_b
Apr 25, 2024
Friendly intro tour of Joshua tree - Good guided experience in Joshua Tree! Not sure if it was worth $180 per person — the ride over indexed on playing music, etc. I was hoping for a bit more geologic or cultural history about the park for that price! My guide was SUPER friendly and engaging. Expect the tour to last up to an hour late — this is part of the reason I have the tour a 4 out of 5 stars.
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