Joshua Tree National Park Tour

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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!


  • 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!



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


  • 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


  • A word about gratuities … it is traditional for guides in such a service industry to rely on gratuities for a significant portion of their income. This time-honored tradition promotes excellence in service and you might want to bring along cash in case you want to express your appreciation to your guide in this way.  Suggested gratuity is 10-15% of the tour price.


  • 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.


  • Guests should be able to  take a leisurely nature walk of at least one mile to fully enjoy this tour. 
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • 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.


  • 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 5 guests, please call (760) 324-5337 for assistance or contact us and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


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).

Guests staying in Rancho Mirage or Palm Springs may join the tour in the departure location for this tour is from the Sightseeing Tour loading zone in front of the Welwood Murray Memorial Library located at 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.  

The Sightseeing Tour loading zone is on E. Tahquitz Canyon Drive, right in front of the library.

There are public restrooms located across the street at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  

Free public parking is available 2 Blocks to the South in the City lot on W. Baristo Rd. between Indian Canyon Drive and Palm Canyon Drive.  

There is also unlimited free street parking 1 block North of E. Tahquitz Canyon Drive on N. Indian Canyon Drive (North of E. Andreas Rd.).

Complimentary hotel pickup is available for guests staying in the City of Palm Springs, subject to availability.

To request hotel pickup, please call our office at (760) 324-5337 a day or two before your tour.  Hotel pickup adds approximately 15-30 minutes to the tour duration, depending on your pickup location and number of pickups scheduled.

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).

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.


Same as departure.


Per Person
Private Tour

$200 USD
$900 USD

Private tour price is per vehicle. Each vehicle can hold up to 5 guests.

Please inquire about Senior (62+) and Child (12 and under) discounts.

All other discounts and coupons apply to the standard adult rate only.


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.


Public tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday departing between 9:00 – 10:00 AM departure, depending on pickup location.

Private tours are offered Monday – Friday.

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



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