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Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour
"Take a trip to the unique and pristine desert wonderland of this local national park. In the comfort of a 15-passenger van or enclosed SUV guests will see firsthand the contrast between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts while enjoying a running narration f unique vegetation mining history and wild west stories make this tour a must-see for the Palm Springs visitor. The tour includes stops at the Park Visitor Center for souvenirs Hidden Valley and Keys View for optional nature walks. Tour price includes water snacks entry fee to the park and pickup and drop-off from Palm Desert or select local resorts."""
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Wildlands Preserve Nature Tour
"This tour starts with an 8am or 1pm departure time from Palm Desert. Along the way you will visit the Coachella Valley Preserve the Morongo Preserve and the Whitewater Preserve. Because of the concentration of water each locale offers a unique contrast to surrounding desert environs. Lush plant life wildlife water and fascinating geology are all part of this tour.Your expert guide will talk about the windmills the San Andreas Fault Indian Culture and whatever else strikes your interest. Wear comfy walking shoes as short
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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure
"The Earthquake Canyon Express – Riders are treated to a geologic extravaganza on this 20 mile tour that descends through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road to the heart of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads no turns and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1200 feet over the route.The course takes riders from the transition zone between the Colorado an winds its way through the narrow canyon walls of Box Canyon and finishes with spectacular views of the Salton Sea Mt. San Jacinto the All-American Canal and the agriculture of the eastern Coachella Valley. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oasis Date Gardens for a date shake and restroom break."
From $105.00

Rock Climbing. Tips (10)

Climb Intersection Rock

Intersection Rock has three routes, or lines to climb. There are the Left Ski Track with a 5.11a difficulty; the Right Ski Track with a 5.3 difficulty and the North Overhang with a 5.9 difficulty rating.

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Basaic
Nov 02, 2007

Rock Climbing

For many people the biggest draw to Joshua Tree is the rock climbing, which is probably the most popular activity in the park. I've read somewhere that this is one of the best places for rock climbing in the world with 5000 rock climbing routes to choose from. This appeared to be true. When we visited we could witness many people making their way to the top, trying to conquer the big boulders. This is a place for climbers of all levels.

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Andraf
May 05, 2005

Rocking to the top (2)

Here's another group of rock climbers making it to the top. A route like this may take hours for a group to climb to the top. But descending is fast in comparison, especially for the experienced. After I took the photo they all went down to the ground (not falling) in just a few minutes.

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mht_in_la
Oct 19, 2003

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree National Park is considered the rock climbing mecca of the world. Today the Park attracts climbers of all levels to climb any rock they like. As a former climber myself, it hurts to see all the holes they drill and all the bolts and even ropes they leave behind. The Park is currently working with the climbing community to establish routes and rules to reduce the impact.

The photo shows climbing at Quail Springs near the West Entrance. It's a convenient site with BBQ and picnic equipment right by the parking lot.

Equipment Bring spiderman (only do it with the experienced).

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mht_in_la
Oct 05, 2003
 
 
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Rocking to the top (1)

You are seeing a very happy guy. He must feel like he's on top of the world. The best moment of rock climbing is when you set foot on the top. This appears to be a challenging route. And I can't imagine the view up there...

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mht_in_la
Oct 05, 2003

Joshua Tree

After chilling in the tavern's air conditioning, drive back to Highway 62 and head east about eight miles to the town of Joshua Tree.
Look for the Park Boulevard entrance to the national park. Park Boulevard, west entrance road, leads to the heart of Joshua Tree's most famous geologic and historic attractions, including the rock climbers' nirvana surrounding Hidden Valley Recreation Area.
Magnificent granite boulders and rock outcroppings with names like Cyclops Rock,
Fire Me A Burger Rock and Astro Dome invite thrill-seeking climbers .

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cobrioc
Oct 23, 2002

Joshua Tree

After chilling in the tavern's air conditioning, drive back to Highway 62 and head east about eight miles to the town of Joshua Tree. Look for the Park Boulevard entrance to the national park. Park Boulevard leads to the heart of Joshua Tree's most famous geologic
and historic attractions, including the rock climbers' nirvana surrounding Hidden Valley Recreation Area.

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cobrioc
Oct 23, 2002

Hall of Horrors

The Hall of Horrors is on the road to Keys View and is another popular spot for rock-climbing. The name sounds intimidating. I did not climb this (those days are in the past for me).

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Basaic
Feb 08, 2013

Top 5 Joshua Tree National Park Writers

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"Joshua Tree National Park"
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JLBG

"Joshua Tree NP, a plants Heaven"
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Andraf

"Funny Trees and More"
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KimberlyAnn

"Joshua Tree National Park by Kimberlyann"
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"Deep Into the Heart of Lightness"
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Where is this in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree Park

Can anyone please inform me where these three pictures were taken in Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park. Does this boulder/s have a name?

Many many thanks everyone! ;0)

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RozT
Aug 03, 2012

Climb Saddle Rock

There are also four climbingroutes up this large hunk of Monzogranite called Saddle Rock you may want to try. (Or not).

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Basaic
Nov 02, 2007

Things to Do Near Joshua Tree National Park

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Ryan Mountain

The Ryan Mountain trail is a 3 miles roundtrip leading to probably the best views in the park. The trail begins at Ryan Mountain parking area and climbs steadily. With a 1000-foot elevation gain over...
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Barker Dam

Barker Dam itself was a bit of a letdown and was not nearly as interesting as the trail leading to it. Barker Dam began as a catch basin to store water for the ranchers in the area. It was made into a...
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Skull Rock

This rock vaguely resembles a human skull. it's right off the main road in the jumbo rocks area. it was created from wind and rain erosion. There is a short 1.7 mile trail that originates from here,...
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Living Desert Zoo

Having seen wildlife happy and active in their native habitats many times, I'm less interested in visiting zoos these days. Moreover, I lived in San Diego for eight years and visited the world's...
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Living Desert Botanical Gardens

Much of the effort of The Living Desert is to impress upon visitors the value of desert habitat. Along the walk that visits the zoo, there are a number of garden spots with desert botanicals, some of...
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