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Joshua Tree National Park | California

Multi-Day Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park

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Season

Year-round

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Nearest city

Palm Springs, CA is less than an hour away; Las Vegas, NV, is 3 hours away

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Duration

4-6 days

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Joshua Tree’s world-class hiking should be on your bucket list

There is much to do in the 800,000 acres that Joshua Tree National Park encompasses! Nestled between two ecoregions — the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts — lies this surreal national park full of breathtaking desert landscapes and rugged rock formations, wildlife, unique trees and challenging landscapes. Be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the backcountry and experience more of this otherworldly park that leaves everyone mesmerized. Hike to the most famous locations and those seldom-seen with the help of experienced and knowledgeable guides. Enjoy days full of wilderness and discovery, and spend your evenings observing the sunsets and clear starry sky!

Most Popular Itineraries

Joshua Tree National Backpacking Tour

$1305 per person · 4 days

Explore the ins and outs of the amazing Joshua Tree! On this four-day trip, you will visit and discover the most stunning parts of the famous national park. Starting in the famous Wonderland of Rocks, hike through surreal geological formations, and explore the western edge of the park. Summit the Eureka Peak (5501 ft) and enjoy the views overlooking the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains and the Coachella Valley. Expect to camp in beautiful areas and enjoy your evenings under the wonderful night skies. To make the most of your adventure, spend your nights in secluded camping spots with delicious, guide-prepared meals and regain your energy for new adventures!

Joshua Tree National Park Basecamp Tour

$1390 per person · 4 days

Enjoy the surreal landscapes Joshua Tree offers on this four-day tour. Explore some of the most serene and surreal landscapes in the American West and let your guide tell you all about the history, wildlife and geology of the park. The Mojave Desert area is full of spectacular features, such as a billion-year-old monzogranite, bighorn sheep and Joshua Tree “forests” spreading over the valley. Hike through the surreal landscapes and, in the evening, relax around the campfire with your group in a wonderful, secluded camp set right in the heart of the park.

Joshua Tree and Death Valley Hiking Tour

$3200 per person · 6 days

Explore the best of Death Valley and Joshua Tree in one tour with fantastic lodging, expert guides and a carefully orchestrated itinerary! These famous national parks offer incredible hiking through diverse and breathtaking landscapes. Discover desert phenomena such as lush oases, waterfalls, sand dunes, and summits with incredible panoramas! Get a chance to notice desert wildlife such as Bighorn sheep, cottontail rabbits, roadrunners and coyotes! Get some rest in accommodations close to the amazing wilderness and enjoy wonderful dinners with your group and guides. Join your guides for a week you’ll never forget in America’s stunning Mojave Desert!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Joshua Tree National Park

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Joshua Tree, please refer to the California State website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained, wilderness guide
  • Use of a top of the line, technical daypack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Transportation to and from Joshua Park
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • 5 nights of lodging for the 6-day tour
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag for the 4-day tours
  • All meals from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Comprehensive, roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Las Vegas, NV (where the tour starts), and back

What’s not included:

  • Accommodation prior to and after the tour
  • Transportation to your hotel prior to the tour
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in Joshua Tree National Park is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For the Joshua Tree Basecamp Tour and Joshua Tree and Death Valley Hike Tour, you will have to be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 5-10 lb backpack and taking occasional breaks. You can expect hiking on sandy and rocky trails on both maintained and unmaintained off-trails. You will hike 4-9 miles daily.

For the Joshua Tree Backpacking Tour, you should be of excellent physical health and comfortable hiking for several hours with a 25-33 pounds daypack and without many breaks. You can expect rock, dirt and sand trails that are unmaintained. The walking is generally moderate with some rugged sections. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Casual shoes for camp
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Bandana
  • Camp towel
  • Small multitool
  • A headlamp or flashlight
  • Electrolyte drink additives
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in Joshua Tree National Park — and it gets crowded quickly — this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For multi-day adventures, the usual group size is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. Pricing is per person and the tours are not private.

Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park can be arranged for larger or private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
  • Minors as young as 12 may be permitted to join the tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal hiking conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

Getting to Joshua Tree National Park is pretty easy — you can simply fly into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and drive less than an hour east to the park, or you can fly into the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport which is around three hours away.

The trips listed above start in Las Vegas, Nevada. You’ll meet your hiking guide and group in Las Vegas, Nevada the morning the trip begins. Your guide can offer you roundtrip transportation from your hotel Las Vegas to Joshua Tree and back. Alternatively, if you are staying in Palm Springs, you can also meet them in Joshua Tree at the Oasis Visitor Center. Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. They will also drop you off at your hotel on the final day, normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence the exact return time).

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