Palm Springs

Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour

Badge of ExcellencePalm Desert, United States

From $209.00

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


Explore the uncanny landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a 4.5-hour van tour from Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned van or SUV as you navigate soaring granite formations and groves of the park’s famously spiky trees, and capture unforgettable images of terrain that spans the Colorado and Mojave deserts. Trace a gentle trail into the rocks at Hidden Valley and Keys View, watch for the park’s reclusive wildlife, and experience the unique beauty of one America’s most remarkable national parks.
  • 4.5-hour van tour of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Enjoy two optional nature hikes and learn about the desert landscape
  • Explore alongside an experienced guide
  • Perfect overview of the park for first-time visitors

What's Included

  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    In the Ralph's Grocery Store shopping center on the corner of Cook Street and Country Club Drive in Palm Desert.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (may be 15-20 degrees cooler in the park)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Age limit of 6 years old
  • Do you have any physical limitations or food allergies we should be aware of?
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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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Traveler Tips

Definitely worth getting up early for as we were the only ones there.
199 reviews
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Will Should Write a Book!
Timothy_W, Mar 2023
Will was a great guide, very knowledgeable, personable and engaging. Good plan by starting at the east end of the Park and traversing to the other side. Wonderful sites and great conversation. Definitely a memorable experience that will stay with my wife and me long after we get home.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for the review Timothy! We're so glad you had a great experience!
Thomas_D, Jan 2023
The guide was absolutely amazing from the moment of pickup to drop off. Knowledgable, professional & served customer service perfection! The bucket list I had awaited to complete since the Joshua Tree Album was released in 1986 cam to life during this tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for the kind review! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour to Joshua Tree!
All the best of Joshua Tree in one convenient tour
Megan_K, Dec 2022
The owners of this tour were very communicative from booking to the day of the tour. It worked out for them to pick us up at our hotel, which was very convenient. We were picked up in a large van with a few other visitors, and we were off. Our guide, Will, was amazing... so knowledgeable and funny to boot! I would recommend him for any tour, you could hear the passion behind his stories. There were adequate stops on this tour, with a few minutes available to get out and walk around at each. They also provided water and some light snacks. Will was great about taking pictures of you, so you didn't have to rely on selfies, haha! Overall, the tour was a great use of time and appropriate for the cost. You see the park's main highlights, and as Will said, it gives you a taste so you know where you would want to come back and spend more time. The only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is the van. The windows on the van have a coating to help block out the sun (all the tiny black dots), but unfortunately, that blocked out the view too and even caused some slight nausea for me (I understand why those dots would be necessary for the desert). If you are prone to sickness, you may want to look at other tours in different vehicles. This was a great experience at an 'other-worldly' park that should be on everyone's bucket list.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for the kind review Megan! We're sorry to hear you got motion sick! But what you said is correct, we do have the windows tinted to protect guests from the sun. If you ever tour with us again, we'll definitely put you in the front passenger seat to try to avoid it next time. Thanks again for touring with us!
Great Experience / Amazing Guide (Susie)
GabrielL, Dec 2022
This is a must for anyone visiting the Palm Springs area. The Tour Guide - Susie, was absolutely incredible in every way. She was personable and friendly, without trying. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the area and provided lots of fun facts. She kept us on schedule but most importantly she went above and beyond to make sure that as a solo traveler - I had a welcoming and nourishing experience. Her positive energy was a delight to be around. The views throughout the park were spectacular. I wouldn’t do it any other way.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you so much for the kind review, Gabriel! Susie is our newest guide, so we're happy she's fitting right in with the rest of the Big Wheel crew! We'd love to have you back for another tour in the future!
The park is beautiful, I...
Diana_R, Nov 2022
The park is beautiful, I wish I had more time to explore it all. Will, our guide, was knowledgeable and made the information fun to listen to. I am sad I didn't get to see the sunset because the rest of the group was too cold for it, so that's a tip, go prepare if you're taking the afternoon tour, it gets very cold at the top. I hope to return and take the tour that will show me and teach me about the rest of the park.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review Diana! We hope to have you back for a tour again soon!
Not to be missed.
Paul_P, Nov 2022
All the experience was brilliant and a very knowledgeable guide,she was first class,thank you. I would highly recommend a tour with your company,C was great fun and nothing was too much trouble for her,great.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for the review Paul!
Glenn_M, Nov 2022
Great experience. Colin was the guide and did a fantastic job as he did two days earlier at San Andreas Fault tour
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for the review! We're so glad you had a great tour experience!
A well informed and...
Sallie_P, Nov 2022
A well informed and patient driver made this trip a delight. The park was unusual - so unlike other national parks.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the unique Joshua Tree National Park!
Todd_M, Oct 2022
Great trip...beautiful scenery and very knowledgeable and courteous guide! Friendly and personalized for ys!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for the review Todd! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Great tour of Joshua Tree National Park.
Matthew_M, Oct 2022
Saw skull rock, abandoned gold mine, view of valley, cap rock, Joshua Trees San Andreous fault and more.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for the review, Matthew!
Joshua Tree - Aug 2022
John_D, Aug 2022
Kolin was very knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and professional. He took us to all the best spots. This trip was ideal for us being that my wife is pregnant and the walking we did do was very manageable. Going at 7AM was a really good idea because we avoided crowds, lines at the gate, and the temperature was nice.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks so much for the kind words! We're very proud to have Kolin on our team!
Great Experience!
Kathryn_W, Jul 2022
Ben was an amazing tour guide and was very knowledgeable about everything from geography to the biodiversity of the park. He even gave me rock climbing tips. Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks for the review! We're so glad that you had a great tour! Ben is a wonderful guide indeed!
Terrific way to see the Joshua Tree National Park
Onda_S, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was Ben and he is very knowledgeable and is willing to stop for pictures opportunities. He provides historical information on the park and is very knowledgeable on the many Rick formations. When booking your tour ask for Ben. He is awesome.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for the kind review! We're proud to have Ben on our team!
Joshua Tree Gem
Dylan_G, Jul 2022
Will, our guide had a great personality. Humourous and very informative. Off trail tour in a jeep. Saw part of the Joshua Tree NP that others might miss out on.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Dylan! It sounds like Will took you to the remote Covington Flats trail which has a wonderful view from Eureka Peak as well as dense groves of Joshua Trees.
Breathtaking views
burkewaterboy74, Jun 2022
Beautiful mountain and desert views while Kolin was our tour guide all throughout the town. We, highly, recommend him
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you very much!
Amazing Experience
Nikhil_V, Jun 2022
Will the thrill was an absolutely amazing storyteller. Took me to some really cool spots. What a fun tour. Strongly recommend. Thank you
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Nikhil. Will is a true professional, we are lucky to have him.
Trip to Joshua Trip National Park.
Deepak_B, Jun 2022
Was not able to upload the pictures.🥲 would go back again. Just beautiful. Would recommend to friends and family to make the trip.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you Deepak!
Great way to see Joshua...
Paul_S, May 2022
Great way to see Joshua Tree National Park! Our tour guide Elizabeth was excellent! She took is to fascinating spots in the park.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks Paul! Glad you had a great tour!
A beautiful park in the desert
Aki_T, May 2022
The tour was very informative of the desert as well as the Joshua Tree National Park. Jeff, the tour guide, had interesting stories and took time to show us the small things that we tourists would not have experienced otherwise. The photo spots were very picturesque to capture the beauty of the park.
Response from Host, May 2022
The desert is indeed a beautiful place! We're so happy you got to see it as well!
Our tour guide was so...
Jacquline_N, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was so informative and accommodating! Best way to visit this park! And we went early with no lines!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for the kind review!