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Joshua Tree National Park Hiking Trip

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Activity
Hiking
Destination
CaliforniaJoshua Tree National Park
Tour Length
​3 days, 2 nights
Accomodations
Basecamping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate

Escape for a weekend on a Joshua Tree National Park hiking trip. Spend a few days exploring an otherworldly desert landscape and discover the best hikes in Joshua Tree. Expert guides lead you on daily hikes in the Mojave Desert region of the park where you see endless hills of granite boulders and forests of eerie Joshua trees. At the end of each day, appreciate a breathtaking desert sunset while relaxing at a comfortable basecamp in one of the national park campgrounds. Spend evenings enjoying delicious guide-prepared meals and the company of new friends over games and campfire. If you felt the “wow” factor during the day, just wait till you see the park at night! You’ll experience the park’s true ambiance at dusk when the Joshua Trees look their spookiest.

Take in the star-filled desert sky each night and explore this unearthly desert forest while the sun shines overhead each day. At the weekend’s end we’ll reluctantly join the real world again but never forget our extraordinary desert adventure.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • 2 nights camping at Sheep Pass Campground in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Roundtrip ground transportation from host hotel in Palm Springs, CA
  • Basecamp gear (kitchen equipment, hand washing station, dish washing station, camp chairs, etc.)
  • Meals starting on lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 3
  • Water and snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guides

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Joshua Tree National Park entry and commercial fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Transportation prior to meet up in Palm Springs on Day 1 and post drop off in Palm Springs on Day 3
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3
  • Tent (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)*
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 4-Person Basecamp Tent ($45 per tent)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($25 per pad, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Sleeping bag and linen set rental ($25 per)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Optional Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 each)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 995 pp 995 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 18 pp* 18 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

2019 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 995 pp 995 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 23 pp* 23 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Hiker climbs rocks on Joshua Tree National Park trip

11:00am – Today we meet at our Host Hotel in Palm Springs at 11am. After introductions, we’ll hit the road for J-Tree! Our first hiking trail of the trip will take us to the top of one of the tallest points in the park, Ryan Mountain. This out and back hike climbs over 1,000 feet from the desert floor to a summit that provides panoramic views of the heart of Joshua Tree. Many agree this rewarding hike offers one of the best views in the park! After our hike, we’ll head to our campsite which is nestled among towering rock formations that will serve as our playground! We’ll enjoy some time scrambling on rocks before a hearty hot dinner prepared by your guide, followed a crackling campfire.

Hiking

3-4 miles

Joshua Tree Lodging

Sheep Pass Campground

Meals

Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included

Hiker climbs rocks on Joshua Tree National Park trip

You’ll wake up in the middle of the desert to the smell of coffee and a mouthwatering breakfast prepared by your guide. After we fuel up, we’ll head out on our first hike to Willow Hole. This hike brings us up-close to The Wonderland of Rocks (a maze of dry washes and massive granite formations). The intricate washes of this area can easily confuse hikers, today you’ll see first hand the benefit of having a hiking guide in Joshua tree. We’ll explore with an optional scramble adventure to Oh-Bay-Yo-Yo, a hidden cave from the early 1900’s rumored to have been built by a group of local teens. This evening we’ll head to Key’s View to enjoy one of the best sunset views in the park. After taking in the spectacular view, we’ll head back to camp for another delicious guide-prepared meal. We’ll spend our last night together enjoying the dark night skies that granted Joshua Tree its status as an International Dark Sky Park.

Hiking

7-9 miles

Lodging

Sheep Pass Campground

Meals

All meals included

Hiker on Joshua Tree National Park trip desert trail

After breakfast, we’ll break camp and head out on our last adventure together. Today’s hike will allow us to experience the past and present of the area. We will see Wall Street Mill, the best-preserved gold stamp mill in the region, and Wonderland Ranch (sometimes referred to as Ohlson House, or Uncle Willie’s Health Food Store.), all part of the colorful prospecting history of the area. Today Joshua Tree National Park is known as a premier destination for rock climbing and people travel from around the world to experience over 8,000 climbing routes. Leaving history (and the hiking crowds behind), we’ll head to the Astro Domes to watch some climbers in action! The South Astro Dome is one of the largest granite formations in the park and is an incredible sight to climbers and non-climbers alike. After our journey through time, we’ll back to the trailhead and depart for the Joshua Tree Saloon for our final lunch together before returning to Palm Springs where we’ll say our goodbyes until our next adventure together that is!

Hiking

3-5 miles

Lodging

On your own

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Hiker on Joshua Tree National Park trip desert trail

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Electricity: While camping at Joshua Tree National Park, you will only have electrical outlets in the public restrooms at the campground. Bring a portable phone charger so you’re not reliant on this power source.

Cell Service: Cell service is quite limited at Joshua Tree. You should expect to be unreachable for the duration of this trip.

Running Water: There is no running water anywhere in Joshua Tree National Park. We will bring all the water we need into the park with us.

Hikes & Weather

Joshua Tree is at a high elevation, which adds an extra measure of challenge to the hikes we do on this camping trip. The high elevation, desert sun, and dry air will really dry out your skin and can crack your lips, be sure to bring sunscreen and lip balm and stay hydrated while hiking in Joshua Tree. The temperatures can swing from extreme hot to extreme cold in the Mojave Desert, so it’s important you check the weather forecast and prepare properly for this camping trip. We will be staying at a public National Park campground on this trip and we will have other travelers camping nearby.

Trip Ratings

Fitness 3 | Comfort 3 | Solitude 3 | Guest Participation 2