Private Rock Climbing at Joshua Tree

Any level
1 day
All ages
1–8 people

Come explore the beautiful, rugged desert landscape at Joshua Tree National Park - it's the largest guided rock climbing venue in America! The terrain here is plentiful and varied: there's great bouldering opportunities, exceptional single-pitch, and plenty of multi-pitch objectives too. There are cracks, edging faces, handhold laden walls of all angles, smooth slabs, chimneys, and roofs! And the weather is always great...

Oh, yeah, complimentary refreshments are always a bonus! All guides are AMGA certified.

Or are you an experienced climber looking to climb as many routes as possible during your trip, or maybe some of the longest multi-pitch routes in the park?

Spend a day rock climbing. Your way.

This day is yours to customize. Do you have had specific objectives in mind, climbing with a specific focus? Or maybe you’d like to learn some advanced techniques? Partner with the best and create your ideal day on the rocks. Your guides will discuss your goals with you and help you plan the perfect climb.

Here’s just a few of the things you could choose to work on
  • Develop face, slab and crack climbing techniques
  • Focus on fundamentals like belaying a lead climber, anchors, knots, lowering and rappelling
  • Learn to lead traditional multi-pitch routes
  • Work on short roping skills
Where we are
What is included
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, name it.
What to bring
  • Water (2 liters or more per person for a full day)
  • Food
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medications
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Appropriate clothing for the forecast including a wind layer
  • Long lightweight pants are preferred to protect legs
  • Camera
  • Chap-stick
  • Sun hat
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you, you’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Seth Pettit

Seth Pettit, Owner and Guide

Seth has been a Joshua Tree resident since the Fall of 2003 to remain close to the National Park and its exceptional rock climbing. His climbing career began about 12 years ago while living in Jackson Hole, WY.

By 2008 he had visited most of the famous climbing areas of the US and earned his first professional certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Seth began his guiding career the same year, as a Trip Leader for Indiana University's Outdoor Adventures.

In 2010 he received an outdoor recreation and natural resource management degree from I.U. with a focus on rock climbing (yes, you can get a university degree for rock climbing!). ​

In 2013, following an intensive training period and subsequent 6-day exam, he was awarded the AMGA Rock Instructor Certification. This certification allows him to guide pretty much anything you want to climb in the park!

Today, Seth has worked with thousands of clients, from five years old to seventy-five years old through ten different organizations based in seven states.

Here is a list of the organizations he has worked for:

Seneca Rocks Climbing School (WV), Rock About (TX), Inner Passage (WA), Joshua Tree Uprising Adventure Guides (CA), The Boojum Institute (CA), Atlantic Climbing School (ME), Wilderness Outings (CA), Falling Creek Camp (NC), SWS Guides (CA), Indiana Universities Outdoor Adventures (IN)​

This breadth of experience in conjunction with his commitment to the American Mountain Guides Association’s standards and certifications is what sets Seth and Mojave Guides apart from his competitors.

  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

Ryan Scott

Ryan is originally from the Florida Keys, where he grew up with a passion for surfing. Despite Florida being rather flat, Ryan always had a keen interest in the mountains. He was exposed to climbing while at college in southeast Ohio where his studies focused on adventure leadership and emergency medicine. He is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and had completed an AMGA Rock Guide Course. Ryan is a Nationally certified wilderness AEMT. He has climbed and guided at famous climbing destinations all over the US, including Seneca Rocks West Virginia, Red River Gorge Kentucky, Yosemite, New River Gorge West Virginia, and the T-wall in Tennessee. Ryan feels privileged to share such beautiful places with others, and feels honored to be a professional climbing guide. His utmost concern is to provide a safe, fun, and enjoyable experience.

  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • Nationally Certified EMT

Nate Pakula

Nate was born and raised in Rhode Island, where he spent every summer as a youth romping around the rugged mountains of New England. In 2004, Nate moved to Burlington, Vermont were he attended the University of Vermont and received a B.A. in Sociology. During his time there, he learned how to rock climb on the beautiful schist of the Green Mountains and rapidly fell in love with the sport. In 2008, he made the journey west and quickly found himself at home in the outdoor education community of southern California. Over the past 10 years Nate has worked full-time as an outdoor educator and climbing guide throughout the state of California and in Washington, New Hampshire, and Maine.

During the off-seasons Nate follows his deep passion for climbing, seeking classic lines all over the world. His travels have brought him to Southeast Asia, Patagonia, Mexico, India, Canada, and all over the western mountain ranges of the US. Nate’s other passions include experiential education, teaching rock climbing, back-country snowboarding, surfing, canoeing, and noodling on the guitar.​

Nate currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA, where he goes out to climb and adventure whenever he is not working.

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

Kenny Goff

Originally from Pennsylvania, Kenny graduated from Indiana University with a double business major and a minor in outdoor recreation. While in college, he taught university courses in rock climbing and backpacking for Indiana University Outdoor Adventures. After graduation he made the move out west to be closer to the mountains and subsequently has climbed all over the states, as well as in Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico, and Patagonia. His favorite type of climbing is long alpine rock routes, but is just as happy to be climbing shorter routes, navigating through a glacier, or swinging ice tools. Kenny’s certifications include being a Wilderness First Responder, American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE Level 2 Avalanche, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. He is excited to share the joy and discovery of climbing with all who climb with him!

  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • Successfully Completed AMGA Alpine Skills Course
  • Wilderness First Responder