Palm Springs

Half-Day Guided Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

California, United States

From $167.50

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


To truly see Joshua Tree National Park and feel the Mojave Desert’s magic—artists and visionaries flock here, after all—travel in the footsteps of a local guide and naturalist. On this private tour, you’ll follow what feels like an expert friend, discussing flora, fauna, geology, history, and more of this vast, wondrous, storied park. Totally customizable to your group, you’ll go beyond the guidebooks, leaving the park with connection and appreciation.
  • Easy meetup at a point that fits your group's needs
  • Your guide will customize an itinerary to your preferences and skill level
  • Get a naturalist's look at the park's flora, fauna, and more
  • Grab fantastic views and local insight, away from the crowds

What's Included

  • Daypack
  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation
  • Gratuities
  • National Park Entrance Fee
  • Sunhat
  • Sunblock
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Joshua Tree National Park
    California, USA

    Joshua Tree National Park is about 800,000 acres which is almost as large as the state of Delaware. This means there are many possible meeting locations. Once your reservation is secured we'll work together to choose the best meeting point.

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 1/9/2023 - 5/31/2023
  • 10/1/2023 - 4/30/2024

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Can your experience be easily modified to cater to different fitness levels? Yes
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Wandering Mojave

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Hollis was an amazing guide! She had a fantastic knowledge of the local cacti, plants, and rocks in the park so we learned a lot about this on our hike. She also had several stories about the history of the park as well. She took us on an interesting hike and we were rewarded with a beautiful view at the end! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to have an adventurous and enriching experience in Joshua tree park!
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Very nice hike with knowledgeable guide.
Julia_S, Mar 2023
Our hike with Travis in Joshua Tree was very nice. Travis shared so many things with us that we would never have learned on our own. All in all a lovely hike with a very personable guide. Thank you Travis!
Go take a hike!
Nancy_B, Mar 2023
Hiking without the crowds was a wonderful experience. Certainly enjoyed our tour with Heather. She was so gracious in helping my son with his college course questions concerning the park.
Joshua Tree In Bloom!!
John_G, Mar 2023
Hollis was our guide for the half day. Incredibly knowledgeable on the park and the geology. Hollis took us off the beaten path to enjoy the bloom that was happening after the recent rains. We climbed rocks, hiked washes, and climbed mountains to get unreal views. A truly great experience for our family.
Spring hike in Joshua Tree
Kathe_A, Mar 2023
Heather was an amazing guide and made hiking on the first day of Spring in Joshua Tree an unforgettable experience!
Beautiful day in the high desert!
Aimee_T, Mar 2023
Our guide Caryn was fantastic! Her knowledge of, and passion for, Joshua Tree National Park - its history, culture, surrounding areas - is impressive. We moved at the perfect pace and she was very generous with her time. I would absolutely recommend this guided hike.
Most knowledgeable Joshua Tree guide
Sandi_F, Mar 2023
We took a 1/2 hike off the beaten path with Travis. He is very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area. A sweet surprise was finding a tortoise just emerging from hibernation on top of a large rock formation. We went at a leisurely pace, which was great for me! We even enjoyed a picnic under a Joshua Tree midway through. Highly recommend!!
Purposeful meandering, on...
Tim_G, Feb 2023
Purposeful meandering, on no paths, around Joshua trees and boulders, was simply stunning. Joshua Tree is beautiful, and this hike is a great way to see a part of it.
Fantastic hike with Hollis in Joshua tree park!
Kristina_M, Jan 2023
Hollis was an amazing guide! She had a fantastic knowledge of the local cacti, plants, and rocks in the park so we learned a lot about this on our hike. She also had several stories about the history of the park as well. She took us on an interesting hike and we were rewarded with a beautiful view at the end! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to have an adventurous and enriching experience in Joshua tree park!
Excellent, informative tour...
ROBERT_O, Jan 2023
I had been to Joshua Tree one previous time, on my own, without a guide. This time around, accompanied by an experienced guide, I learned a whole lot more than when hiking solo. Our guide, Caryn, was very, very knowledgeable of Joshua Tree National Park as a result of her having worked for the Park Service for many years at that location. We learned so much about the flora, fauna, history and indigenous peoples of the area. I love a tour guide who imparts humor into their dialogue, which Caryn did. She customized our hikes to our desires and experience. Although you're in high desert, the walking is on pretty flat territory. My one caveat to those touring Joshua Tree during the winter months - it's COLD. We'd been advised to dress warm, but we didn't listen closely enough. Bring layers of clothes as the altitude makes for a dramatic temperature difference between Palm Springs and the Park. Other than that, a guided tour such as this will leave you with much more knowledge than if you toured the park on your own.
“Wandering Mojave” guide services was excellent!!
Christina_A, Jan 2023
Travis, owner of “Wandering Mojave” guide service, was extremely knowledgeable of the terrain, & ecosystem of Joshua Tree National Park. He led us on an amazing 7 mile hike while educating us on the flora & rock formations around us. I highly recommend Travis and his guide service!
My day in the desert
adrienne_w, Dec 2022
I was in Palm Springs for a birthday vacation and was looking for ways to decompress and reset. This hike with Hollis turned out to be the perfect way for me to do that. She made sure that the hike suited my capabilities and that was appropriately challenging. At first, I thought it would mostly be walking around the desert, but Hollis introduced me to "scrambling" which took the hike to another level. "Scrambling" on the boulders allowed me to get in touch with nature in a different way. Hollis also did a great job educating me on the environment and the desert fauna. This was the first time that I have been on a guided hike led by a woman and Hollis was impressive. I shared with her that I was on the fence about taking a guided hike, but she quickly changed my mind as she shared her knowledge of Joshua Tree and being outdoors. This was an AWESOME experience!
Great Day at Joshua Tree
Kristin_J, Nov 2022
Travis was great- very knowledgeable about all aspects of the park and took us on a trail we likely would not have done. He also gave us tips on hiking technique and how to plan the rest of our time at Joshua Tree
Great hiking experience
Yazmin_Y, Jul 2022
Great experience. We basically had a private tour me and my husband. Hollis was incredible! She was very accommodating, knowledgeable and patient. She went out of her way to provide a great experience.
You must do this hike!
Pierrick_G, Jul 2022
A wonderful hike you have to do! If you have the chance to do the hike with Hollis, you’re so lucky!!! She’s very thoughtful, funny and friendly.
Awesome experience
Brenda_H, Jun 2022
Hollis , our tour guide , was so knowledgeable about Joshua Trees history . The park is so unique with its history along with magnificent rock formations .
Joshua tree hike with our guide Hollis
Joel_S, Jun 2022
My 10 year old son and I did a fun 5 mile moderately challenging hike with Hollis. She was quite pleasant and had a good demeanor and working with my son. This was quite an educational hike and I feel like we learned a lot about Joshua tree national Park as well as seeing some unique sites.
Best desert hike
Paulina_L, Jun 2022
Hollis was outstanding! Very educational, inspiring and beautiful walk. She is an excellent communicator and would love to hike with her again!
Fantastic experience.
Sean_D, Apr 2022
We shared a beautiful day with an intelligent, caring and personable guide. Travis brought the desert to life for us. His knowledge, passion and care is first-rate. Had we gone without him, it simply would have been a walk in the sun.
The greatest!!!!
tara_f, Apr 2022
I cannot recommend this hike enough!! Travis and Hollis were incredible guides and people! I learned so much about the desert's flora and fauna, the geology and geography but, beyond this, the hike was such a positive experience. I was able to push myself (safely!!) and by the end of the journey I understood why so many folks fall in love with Joshua Tree. This experience was the hi-light of my solo adventure and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Life changing experience
Valerie_B, Apr 2022
My tour guid Greg was amazing. He is so knowledgeable about geology and the park. I soaked it in a d enjoyed it so much, I didn’t want leave and barely took pictures. I was in awe of everything.