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Joshua Tree National Park is one of California’s most unique and beautiful sites. Here you’ll find the hidden beauty that lies in the desert in this inspirational place. Joshua Tree National Park is an amazing vacation destination for anyone who loves nature or has an appreciation for America’s National Parks. Although you could simply show up and explore the park on your own, consider booking a Joshua Tree tour to get local insights and have the opportunity to visit all the main attractions here during your vacation. Whether you are looking for a low-key visit or wanting a full-blown adventure, the perfect tour is waiting for you. Keep reading to find out our picks for top tours to experience in Joshua Tree!

Self-Driving Audio Tour

There are many beautiful sites in Joshua Tree National Park that you won’t want to miss on your visit here! If this is your first time visiting or you only have a few hours and you want to be sure to hit all the highlights, then this tour is a great option! This is a 3- to 4-hour self-guided audio tour, so you can enjoy it from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle. Once you sign up for the tour, you will be prompted to download an app that gives you access to the tour. They will talk you through the best route through the park while telling you stories of the history, plants, and animals of the area. You will be led to over 30 sites on stops in Joshua Tree National Park, and best of all, your tour never expires, so you can access it every time you visit!

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Half-Day Jeep Tour

For those who want to explore the more hidden areas of the park, consider the half-day Jeep tour of Joshua Tree National Park by Big Wheel Tours. This tour takes you on a rugged, Jeep only trail that allows you to explore the plants and rock formations in this unique desert environment. It isn’t recommended for anyone with neck or back injuries or gets carsick easily as it will be a bumpy ride! Your tour includes the entry fees to the National Park, your transportation and guide, as well as snacks and bottled water. This tour lasts about 4 hours and is great for families visiting with children ages 6 and older.

Half-Day Guided Hike

Explore the park on foot with a fantastic half-day guided hike from a local expert and resident of the Mojave Desert, Travis Puglisi. Travis logs over 200 miles each year in Joshua Tree National Park and is able to offer great insights into the landscape, local history, and natural life of the area. This is a private tour, so you are able to customize your experience based on your interests, abilities, and expectations. Your tour fee includes your guided experience, as well as snacks, but does not include the National Park entrance fee. Be sure to bring plenty of water, comfortable hiking shoes, as well as a hat and sunblock. Although there are many hiking tours offered in Joshua Tree National Park, there are few that are as insightful and enjoyable as this one!

Rock Climbing Trips from Stone Adventures

Joshua Tree National Park is most known for its iconic Joshua trees, but it is also home to amazing rock formations that offer over 9,000 different rock climbing routes. With a rock climbing tour with Stone Adventures, you can enjoy a half day adventure in Joshua Tree National Park that can be customized to your skill level. Climb with a certified rock climbing guide and all equipment is included with your tour fee. Small tour sizes mean that you can enjoy one on one instruction from your guide, perfect for first-time climbers. This tour is fun for the whole family and will be as adventurous as you are comfortable with!

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Secrets of Joshua Tree Hidden Valley Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking to explore Joshua Tree, but want a unique and fun experience that is different from all other tours in the area, consider this scavenger hunt tour of Joshua Tree’s Hidden Valley. This 2-hour self-guided tour is best if you begin around 9am, and doesn’t involve any geocaching, GPS points, or math, making it great for even inexperienced scavenger hunters. Journey through the desert to search for clues along the Hidden Valley Nature Trail, an easy 1-mile loop. Learn the history and nature of the area while you solve for clues, and most importantly, have fun!

Joshua Tree is an area that attracts millions of visitors each year and has inspired people with its beauty for generations. Explore the wonder of Joshua Tree National Park with the help of a guide by booking one of these amazing tours!

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