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Joshua Tree National Park Tour

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OVERVIEW

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Joshua Tree National Park Tour

Journey through two deserts and the transition zone between two eco-systems on a fascinating excursion to one of the newest parks in the National Park system. Your guide will provide an in-depth overview of the diverse history of the area and the formation of the Joshua Tree National Park.

Guests joining us in the Greater Palm Springs area will enjoy a narrated tour of the Coachella Valley and learn about the wind and solar energy generated from the San Gorgonio Pass wind and solar farms on the way to the Park. Guests may also join the tour at the Park’s west entrance Visitor’s Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Both options include a delicious picnic lunch.

Inside the park, we will spend a full three hours exploring as your guide describes the plants and animals of the high desert and tells stories of the rich history of the area.

Enjoy a guided hike to Hidden Valley, featuring a jaw-dropping photographic wonderland of majestic rock formations. Then take in the spectacular view at the Key’s View Overlook which offers a stunning viewpoint from 5,185 ft. in elevation, allowing you to see all the way to Mexico on a clear day!

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Wear closed-toe shoes with rubber soles (such as tennis shoes or hiking boots). Sandals and shoes with high heels are not recommended.
  • Wear comfortable clothing – we recommend you dress in layers as desert temperatures can change quickly. In the cooler months (November through March), we suggest you bring a light sweater or jacket. Note that temperatures in the Park can be 20 degrees cooler than in the low desert.
  • Bring a hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen before the tour.
  • Don’t forget your camera or video camera – the photo opportunities are amazing!

DETAILS

LUNCH MENU:

Your tour includes a picnic lunch in the Park that includes your choice of sandwich plus chips, fresh fruit, a cookie, and bottled water. Please let us know your sandwich preferences when booking.

Choice of Meat:

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Roast Beef
  • Vegetarian

Choice of Bread:

  • Wheat
  • White
  • Sourdough
  • Rye

Choice of Cheese:

  • Cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Pepper Jack
  • Monterey Jack
  • American
  • Provolone
  • None

INCLUSIONS:

  • Eco-tour with an expert naturalist guide – conducted in a climate controlled Van or SUV
  • Guided nature walk through Hidden Valley
  • Granola snack and bottled water
  • Joshua Tree National Park Admission Fee
  • Picnic Lunch

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Guide gratuities are not included but are appreciated. Suggested gratuity is 10-15% of the tour price.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

There is a 5% cancellation penalty for cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. There is no refund for cancellations received within 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure or for no-shows unless we cancel the tour due to weather or safety issues.

RESERVATIONS:

  • Advanced reservations are required for this tour.
  • 48-Hours advance notice is required for online bookings. To make reservations for tours departing within 48 hours, please call Desert Adventures Tour Reservations Desk Toll Free at 1-888-440-5337 ext. 1 or locally at 1-760-324-5337.

TOUR MINIMUMS/MAXIMUMS:

  • This tour has a 2 person minimum. If you are a single traveler, please call our reservation’s desk at 1-888-440-5337 ext. 1 Toll Free or 1-760-324-5337 locally or email us to inquire about joining an existing tour.
  • For reservations for more than 7 guests, please call (760) 324-5337 for assistance or contact us and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

DEPARTURE LOCATION:

Guests staying in La Quinta, Indian Wells, or Palm Desert may join the tour at our office in Palm Desert (74-794 Lennon Place, Suite B, Palm Desert, CA 92260). [Map]

Guests staying in Rancho Mirage or Palm Springs may join the tour in front of Lulu’s California Bistro (200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262). [Map]

Guests staying in the high desert may join the tour at the Joshua Tree National Park West Entrance Visitor’s Center – located one block south of Hwy 62 (Twenty Nine Palms Highway) at 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA 92256). [Map]

Complimentary hotel pickup from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, or La Quinta is also available.

Please call our office at (760) 324-5337 48 hours prior to your tour to reconfirm your departure time and location or to request hotel pickup.

DROP OFF LOCATION:

Same as departure.

TOUR PRICES
Adults
Seniors (62+)
Children (0-12)
$200 USD
$185 USD
$175 USD

Online reservations are accepted until 48 hours prior to departure. Within 48 hours, please call our reservations Desk at (760) 324-5337 to inquire about availability.

PRIVATE TOURS

Please call our Reservations Desk at (760) 324-5337 to inquire about private or group tours or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

SCHEDULE

OCTOBER – MAY
9:00 – 10:00 AM departure, depending on your departure location

JUNE – SEPTEMBER
8:00 – 9:00 AM departure, depending on your departure location

Tour Duration: 5-6 hours from Greater Palm Springs or 3 hours from the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor’s Center

Offered Monday – Friday

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GUEST RAVES

“Joshua Tree Tour”

★★★★★
5
To begin, "Tour" doesn't begin to describe this adventure. We began by driving through the wind farms - and as we are engineers - had a very intelligent discussion with our guide on alternative energy - and energy sources in general. (We talked techie - and loved it!) Then on to the main event. Joshua Tree National Park is truly an undiscovered gem (and thankfully so). When I have traveled in other countries I have always sought after local guides. I didn't realize what I have been missing in the US. Local knowledge/history coupled with an understanding of "how such geology came to be" took this "Tour" to the next level. My eyes and brain were both wonderfully stimulated - I can't wait to return.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

“Fun and educational day in Joshua Tree”

★★★★★
5
We booked the Joshua Tree National Park Eco-Tour. We were picked up on time at our hotel by our tour guide Morgan. Turns out we got a private tour, which was everything we could have hoped for. Morgan gave us tons of interesting information about the Park and the local history and community. From Morgan's description, it sounds like Desert Adventures takes the training of their guides seriously, so if you are looking for a tour that will give you tons of interesting information, this is probably the company to go with. The Park tour is worth taking if you like interesting rock formations and desert plant life. There are some nice views across the valley and we even stopped at an old gold mine. We went in late January and it was a bit chilly in places, so take the 'dress in layers' advice to heart. Next time we are in the area, we will probably try the fault tour.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

“Fun and educational day in Joshua Tree”

★★★★★
5
We booked the Joshua Tree National Park Eco-Tour. We were picked up on time at our hotel by our tour guide Morgan. Turns out we got a private tour, which was everything we could have hoped for. Morgan gave us tons of interesting information about the Park and the local history and community. From Morgan's description, it sounds like Desert Adventures takes the training of their guides seriously, so if you are looking for a tour that will give you tons of interesting information, this is probably the company to go with. The Park tour is worth taking if you like interesting rock formations and desert plant life. There are some nice views across the valley and we even stopped at an old gold mine. We went in late January and it was a bit chilly in places, so take the 'dress in layers' advice to heart. Next time we are in the area, we will probably try the fault tour.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

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Greater Palm Springs Convention
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“The Best of the Best” and
Top Attraction

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

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Society of American Travel Writers

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