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Joshua Tree National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palm Springs: Self-Driving Windmill Tour

1. Palm Springs: Self-Driving Windmill Tour

The Palm Springs windmill self-driving tour is an interactive, educational, and fun tour for friends and family. This tour will guide you along with a video and audio program with clearly marked destinations throughout the first commercial wind farm in the United States. Take a journey through 10 marked stops, starting with a display yard of non-operating wind turbines. Learn about the successes and failures and visit a real generating wind turbine, where you can get up close and take pictures. Continue to a solar farm and end the tour with a stop at the old gas plant.

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Joshua Tree National Park: Driving Tour

2. Joshua Tree National Park: Driving Tour

Take a trip to the unique and pristine desert wonderland of our local National Park, Joshua Tree. In the comfort of our 15 passenger van, guests will see first-hand the contrast between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts while enjoying a running narration from our expert guide. World famous rock formations, unique vegetation, mining history, and wild west stories make this tour a must see for the Palm Springs visitor. The tour includes stops at the Park Visitor Center for souvenirs, Hidden Valley, and Keys View for optional nature walks. Take in this majestic and remarkable piece of California's nature and wilderness in complete comfort, and learn the fascinating stories behind the region's history.

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Joshua Tree National Park: Self-Driving Audio Tour

3. Joshua Tree National Park: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Wander through Joshua Tree National Tree park and discover its hidden secrets with a self-driving audio tour. Learn about the park's history, curiosities, and nature as you follow the app's directions to see as much as you can of the park. This self-guided driving tour begins at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and follows the park road through this one-of-a-kind national park. As you leave civilization behind, hear about the Cahuilla tribe who once called this place home, and get an introduction to Jim McHaney, who terrorized the townsfolk with his band of ruffians. Then see the eponymous Joshua trees themselves. Get the facts on why these funky plants look like they do, and what the early Mormon pioneers thought they meant. Continue on to a hiking trail that leads you to one of the park’s strangest sights, a bunch of rocks with cryptic spiritual inscriptions on them, left by an odd recluse almost 100 years ago. As you go through the park, learn about the wildlife you might spot, from the pint-sized roadrunner to the elusive bighorn sheep. Next, visit the popular Hidden Valley Nature Trail where the infamous McHaney Gang once kept their stolen cattle while waiting to sell them off. Move on to Intersection Rock, a climbing hub that towers over the surrounding desert. Afterward, head down into Lost Horse Valley and hear the dramatic tale of how it got its name. It’s a story involving horse theft, a risky move, and a tense encounter with the McHaney Gang. Keys Point awaits beyond this valley, the most popular vista point in the park, where visitors and locals alike flock to catch the sunset. Up next, swing by the ominous Skull Rock and get a chance to visit some old, abandoned mines in Queen Valley. Then head to an observatory that’s perfect for stargazing, and end up in the Oasis Visitor Center. Your self-guided tour concludes here, just outside Twentynine Palms.

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Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

4. Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

Board your open-air Jeep and embark upon a scenic and informative exploration of the stunning landscape of an active earthquake zone where you will travel across private property only accessible by 4WD and only open for this specific tour. This exciting 4WD adventure to the private Metate Ranch reserve on the San Andreas fault line is a once in a lifetime experience for any visitor to the Coachella Valley. Discover the unique geography of this tortured landscape as you explore the skeleton of the earth. Visit a natural oasis and uncover the mysteries of the hardy plants and animals carving out an existence in the dry barren landscape.  Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more. You will have an opportunity to walk among the stone corridors and sheer granite walls of ancient canyons as you learn the fascinating history the primal forces that shaped the valleys and surrounding landscape and the people that called this place home for millennia.

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Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Bike and Hike Adventure

5. Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Bike and Hike Adventure

Discover the historic resort town of Palm Springs and the natural beauty of its surroundings. Experience an adventurous activity that combines biking through the city to Indian Canyons, where you’ll stop to explore the nature preserve on foot. Meet at the local partner’s bike shop to get fitted for your bike and listen to a short safety briefing. Set off from the heart of Palm Springs and pedal through and some of its historic neighborhoods. Admire the views as you bike towards Indian Canyons. Arrive at the entrance to the natural preserve, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Enjoy a short climb to Andreas Canyon trailhead, and hike through the desert canyon. Pass incredible rock formations, cross streams, and look out for wildlife. Follow the trail back to your bikes and ride back to the heart of Palm Springs. Listen as your guide shares the history of this region, and explains how the modern city of Palm Springs was founded.

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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bicycle Adventure

6. Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bicycle Adventure

Riders will be treated to a geological extravaganza on this 20-mile (32 km) tour, descending through the heart of the San Andreas Fault zone on a paved road towards the center of grape country near Mecca. There are no cross roads, no turns, and very little traffic which makes this a relaxing sightseeing adventure. Riders will see the stark beauty of the desert as they descend a total of 1200 feet over the route. The course takes riders from the transition zone between the Colorado and Mojave Desert, winds its way through the narrow canyon walls of Box Canyon and finishes with spectacular views of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the All-American Canal, and the agriculture of the eastern Coachella Valley. The tour finishes with a visit to the Oasis Date Gardens for a delicious date shake and restroom break. Check out California's beautiful nature on this exciting downhill biking tour.

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What people are saying about Joshua Tree National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Really awesome! Ben drove us through the San Andreas fault area and it was stunning! Like to hike? That’s really great too! The “Ladders” are so fun! The Saltan Sea and it’s backstory fascinate me. It’s beautiful, and toxic. A great trip! Highly recommend!!

The place we checked in was basic, but the gal at the info desk was super friendly. The 20 minute intro video is worth the watch. The directions for the tour were perfect and the tour was very interesting.

Very informative. Super nice men at the counter answered all our questions. Great lunch and shakes at the windmill gardens. Great 2 hour activity for something different.

Fun trip, worth doing again!

Our guide was very informative. The ride was easier than I expected and pleasantly surprised how quick 20 miles went. Loved every minute of it.

Great guide and a great tour

I liked everything about this company and its tour George was very knowledgeable,informative and humorous.