Palm Springs

Joshua Tree National Park Scenic Tour

Badge of ExcellencePalm Desert, United States

From $199.00

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

Overview

Experience the unique landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park as you embark on a half-day tour from Palm Desert. Join a small group and visit the most iconic locations in the park including its legendary giant boulders. Learn about the forces of the San Andreas Fault that jolt the landscape and hear stories of the Native Americans who lived in the area.
  • A small group, half-day tour suitable for all ages
  • Ride in an SUV, Hummer, or a comfortable van
  • See cave drawings and an old cowboy dam
  • Stop at several viewpoints to take photos of the landscape

What's Included

  • Expert national park guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Morton's The Steakhouse
      74-880 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA

      We leave at 8 a.m. from in front of the Morton's Steakhouse. Meet our Hummer, Van or SUV in the parking lot and be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior.

    Start time

    08:00 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress in light clothes in the summer and layers in the winter. It is 20 to 30 degrees cooler in the high desert
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. There is a 4 person minimum to run this tour.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

    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.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Reviews
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    105 reviews
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    Fantastic experience
    Izabela_M, Mar 2023
    Fantastic! I did this trip twice and I enjoyed so much! Both guide were very knowledgeable and great adventure companion! There was a short hike around Barker Dam area and Cap Rock. There was a stop at gift shop, and water/snacks provided. I recommend this trip to all!
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience on your tour with Bill! You can't beat a tour with a guide knowledgeable about this breath taking place.
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    Alicia_A, Mar 2023
    Bob was a very knowledgeable tour guide and made the trip interesting with lots of history and fun facts. He also made sure everyone was accommodated with restroom breaks, snacks, water and even extra jackets because it was a chilly morning. I would recommend this tour and Bob to anyone looking to go to Joshua Tree
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for coming with us and your comments about your super great guide Bob.
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    James_W, Mar 2023
    Our Outdoor Adventures driver was Bill, and he was fabulous! We had a great time and the amount of hiking vs driving was just perfect. Not too taxing, but plenty of up close viewing. We will absolutely recommend this to friends.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us in the great outdoors! Bill is an amazing National Park guide and you were lucky to have him as your driver that day!
    Must do!!
    Kristin_M, Mar 2023
    Bob was such a great tour guide!! The park is stunningly beautiful. I learned so much about the unique landscape and felt that we really saw a lot of the park in the 4 hours we were there.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for coming along with us on our trip into the park! Despite recent colder temperatures it still is a breathtaking place to come and best to go on a guided tour with someone like Bob!
    Beautiful unusual scenery
    Lisa_B, Feb 2023
    Very experienced guide explained the Joshua trees and rock formations in a very interesting way. He accommodated our group and the vehicle ewas comfortable.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    You just have to come and see the park to understand how beautiful it really is. It sure helps having a guy as well to explain what you're seeing in depth and how those rocks were formed. Thanks for your kind review and have a wonderful trip back!
    Nice trip
    Linda_S, Feb 2023
    Great trip. Bob was a terrific guide. Highly recommend for families and folks interested in experiencing an unusual scenic tour.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for your great review! Bob is a perfect guide for those with the family. He has his own and knows all the pleasures and trials of raising these little ones. Nature is the best teacher to take children to inspire them with places far beyond Nintendo and television.
    Great experience
    Shirley_H, Jan 2023
    Beautiful scenery knowledgeable guide we had a cold but beautiful day to explore. Would definitely recommend
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thanks for your recommendations! Also, I'm glad you took one of our enclosed vehicles as it really does get pretty chilly in Joshua Tree in January.
    A Grand experience for Everyone!
    Jo_J, Jan 2023
    Our tour guide Gary was awesome! He was very knowledgeable & gave us wonderful information about the history, geology & celebrities who have lived & enjoyed the beauty surrounding this area! Gary took time to take photos of us with our cameras for a memorable experience! Highly recommend this tour...You’ll have a greater appreciation of the plants, mountains and the changes that have occurred in the past & the present conditions affecting this beautiful area!
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thanks for taking the time to share your great experience in the national park with us! Gary is a gym and you are lucky to be able to have him. He is courteous and always wants to make every guest feel the love and appreciation he has for this wonderful place. Come back again!
    First time at Joshua Tree
    Roberto_R, Jan 2023
    This was my first trip to Joshua Tree, and it was awesome! Bob was a great guide, very enthusiastic and so informative. Would definitely recommend.
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    We will pass this on to Bob! Thanks for mentioning him as he is truly an enthusiastic person that loves to share his knowledge and love of Joshua Tree.
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    Lori_M, Dec 2022
    Gary was great. We really enjoyed the information about the different ecosystems and the hike to the petroglyphs was gorgeous.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Joshua tree is a great place to go on your own but without a guide you're going to miss out on places that Gary knows about like those petroglyphs! Thanks for the wonderful review.
    Adequate vehicle, good guide.
    Maria_S, Dec 2022
    Guide was good and provided interesting facts about the park, the trees, the amazing rock formations, and the view. But was disappointed that this tour was advertised as a hummer tour, but we only had a van, that was loud and bumpy. Don’t advertise it as a hummer tour if a hummer is not the vehicle to be used.
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    Larry_b, Dec 2022
    Had a beautiful day to take in the Joshua Tree National Park. Our tour guide (Bob) did a great job of informing us of the history and specialties of the park. We enjoyed incredible views and got to wander many trails. A great time was had by all!
    Spectacular
    Nora, Feb 2020
    Joshua Tree National Park is spectacular. Having a tour guide added a lot to the experience. We had Jeff as our guide. He was passionate, polite, professional, very accommodating, extremely knowledgeable about the area and the as well as many stories he told us regarding the history and geology. However, for the price charged, we felt the hummer could get a facelift!!! It was older and not super clean!
    Great tour
    Gennadiy F, Oct 2019
    This tour gives you tons of information about the Joshua Tree National Park. The timing is perfect to keep you up on your toes and allows to absorb all that information given to you by the tour guide. Our tour guide Gary has a lot of knowledge about the park itself and the geology. The car was comfortable and A/C worked perfectly. During the tour we were offered a water and a snack. The service was great. We had a lot of fun and received a lot of knowledge about the Joshua Tree Park. We took this tour on 10/26/2019 right on our son's birthday and it was a birthday present to our son. Now he's telling everyone that it was the best birthday present, which he ever received. I definitely FiveStar it and recommend it to everyone who never took it before.
    This tour is well worth the price...
    Rosemary_N, Apr 2018
    This tour is well worth the price. It was private, only 3 people, the tour guide was well informed and shared many stories as well as information about the area. He made me actually appreciate the dessert and its rocks, plants and animals.
    Patrick, our guide was fantastic...
    Terry S, Nov 2017
    Patrick, our guide was fantastic - really knows his stuff, both culturally and geographically within the park itself. He really is the person to show you the park and surrounds - highly recommended. No problems at all with Patrick or the tour company. However, the Hummer is not the best vehicle to use for such a tour in my opinion. Why? Well, when you think Hummer you think big right? They are big on the outside but fairly cramped on the inside. Especially if you are put in the back seats like we were for half the tour. It was cramped and with restricted visibility. Not good when you are paying that sort of money. In my opinion, a van with easy access and good window viewing for everyone would be a better option.
    Jeff gets a 5 star review for a 5...
    Maree W, Jul 2017
    Jeff gets a 5 star review for a 5 star tour! Jeff took us to all the sites and went out of his way to make sure the kids 8 and 11 were entertained and regaled! with his facts, stories and anecdotes to which they still recall weeks later. Great lunch option chosen which extended the day a bit, but nothing was too much trouble. All the best, Rob, Maree, Josh and Lachlan Sydney, Australia.
    Terrific experience! Bruce was very...
    Patricia I, Mar 2017
    Terrific experience! Bruce was very professional, informative and fun to be with! I had little to no desert experience, and am so grateful to have taken this tour and learned so much about the geology of the region, and the plants, animals and people who make their living there. We were able to explore areas up close and personal, with several walks included in the experience. Bruce even included water and trail mix bars for us! He answered our questions, and took very good care of us. Altogether, it was more than I expected, and totally worth the time and money. Will do it again next spring, for sure. So much life all around us.
    Toll
    danijela_e, Mar 2023
    Bob War toll ! Angenehme Gruppe und ein sehr schoner Ausflug ! Joshua Tree Park ist wirklich einen Besuch wert .
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Vielen Dank für Ihre großartigen Kommentare und Ihren Besuch an einem wirklich lohnenswerten Ort.
    superbe tour !
    Christophe_d, Mar 2019
    L'excursion en Hummer au parc de Joshua tree avec Bruce comme guide à été tout à remarquable. Le Hummer, très confortable, est parfait pour ce type de terrain et permet d'emprunter les petites routes secondaires. Bruce à été un excellent guide, très amical et attentionné. Il est très savant sur la géologie et la faune du parc. Il nous a fait partager ses connaissances, ce qui a permis une bonne compréhension des lieux que nous avons visité. Le prix de l'excursion m'a semblé un peu élevé au départ , mais nous étions seulement 4 passagers , c'est presque un " private tour " , ça vaut le coup ! Pour finir, petite ballade complémentaire dans Palm springs en Hummer... So many thanks to you Bruce!!!