Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Joshua Tree
Dozens of epic routes just a few feet from your campsite
Desert environment and rock type allows for dry climbing
Massive climbing culture and beautiful, rugged desert landscape
Joshua Tree National Park is the largest guided rock climbing venue in America. The high desert terrain is plentiful and varied, making it ideal for all skill levels. The park is climbable year-round and there are tons of bouldering opportunities, exceptional single-pitch, and plenty of multi-pitch objectives, too. Climbers will find cracks, edging faces, handhold laden walls of all angles, smooth slabs, chimneys and roofs. Climbers from everywhere make the trip to cross it off their bucket lists, and once you get a taste of what Joshua Tree has to offer, you won’t be able to wait to come back! Find out more about why JTree is one of the premier climbing destinations in the US from Cody Bradford, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and 57hours Ambassador
Year-round, but the best seasons are fall and spring
Palm Springs is 37 miles from Joshua Tree
Beginner to advanced
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing with a Private Guide
Whether you have specific objectives in mind or want to focus on certain aspects of your technique, partner with your guide and create an ideal day on the rocks. This is your day to customize. Your guide will discuss your goals with you and help you plan the perfect climb in Joshua Tree.
Half-Day of Private Climbing With a Guide
Discover the magic of the otherworldly Joshua Tree with a half-day customized to you. Focus on fundamentals like proper gear placement, anchors, knots, climbing technique and rappelling while taking in useful advice from your guide. Want a challenge? Head out for some excellent climbing and find hidden gems with the very best experts by your side.
Safety Skills and Self-Rescue Clinic
Learn necessary skills in an ideal setting with this self-rescue course. You’ll learn how to avoid jams and climb with confidence in larger, remote areas. Don’t miss out on improving your safety skills while exploring challenging crags and single-pitch environments. Learn how to ascend ropes, haul systems, lowers, weighted transitions and tandem rappels — skills every climber needs in their toolbox!
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Ready to take your climbing to the next level? The uninterrupted nature of multi-pitch climbing requires thoughtful planning, and this course will teach you how to plan out routes, perform lead strategy and rope management in no time! It’s time for you to master leading techniques while surrounded by the park’s famous gnarled Joshua Trees.
Meet your guides
AMGA Certified Guides
AMGA Certified Guides
Mojave Guides has been providing exceptional customized rock climbing experiences in Joshua Tree National Park since 2015. The company was founded by Joshua Tree resident and AMGA Certified Rock Instructor Seth Pettit as a means of providing his own clients with a higher quality experience than had been previously available.
A friend and I were interested in packing in a lot of rock climbing over a few days at Joshua Tree, so we decided to hire Mojave Guides, and are very glad that we did! We had a fantastic experience with our guide Murphy. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, safe and did a great job tailoring routes to our skill level – plus he was a lot of fun to hang out with! We felt like we were in great hands with Murphy, and would definitely climb with him again. Highly recommend that if you’re looking for a guide in JTree to go with Mojave Guides!
This was my second time out with Mojave Guides for a full day of climbing. The owner, Seth, is super organized and easy to communicate with. I had the privilege of climbing with him this time (and had previously climbed with Ryan who is also great!). We fit in a ton of routes with a great mix of fun and challenging climbs. I’ve been climbing for a little over a year, working with a number of guides/instructors, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much as I did with Seth. I definitely appreciated his great attitude and ability to keep it fun. Murphy also let me take his special tape with me all day which saved my fingers. They’re great all around, and I would recommend Mojave Guides to anyone looking for an awesome experience in the park. Looking forward to climbing with Seth again soon!
I am a 10 time repeat client and I can’t imagine climbing with another guiding service! The booking process is seamless and I am always greeted by my guide with a smile! He always has a plan, he is efficient, extremely knowledgeable and so much fun! He always chooses appropriate routes, pushes me with challenges that are exciting and has given me an amazing experience every time! I highly recommend this guiding service for a day of climbing you won’t forget!
Our family of four had a fantastic outing with Nelson. This was our first time climbing outdoors, after only 2 or 3 times climbing in a gym. Nelson was super friendly, very professional and knowledgeable, and made our boys (11 & 14) feel very comfortable. He pushed them just enough to push themselves and was a great coach for harder moves. Nelson was patient with our zillions of questions about climbing and Joshua Tree. We highly recommend an outing with Climbing Life.
Zack was an amazing guide! He has incredible knowledge of the park and was able to show us some of the classic routes in Joshua Tree. I was also able to learn some of the basics of anchor building and trad climbing with Zack. He was a great teacher and had seemingly endless knowledge about all facets of climbing. Zack was also really safety cautious which made me comfortable to push my limits climbing. 10/10 would recommend Zack and The Climbing Life Guides to anyone who is looking to have a great time climbing and learning in Joshua Tree.
Things to know
Covid measures in Joshua Tree
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 you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
- All technical climbing gear
- Park entrance fee for the guide and their guests
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Joshua Tree has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Joshua Tree has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For single-pitch climbs, max. guest to guide ratio is 4:1 with groups of upto 8 people to ensure that everyone has the best experience and gets lots of time on the rocks.
- Multi-pitch climbs consist of 2 people per guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
- For most options, kids aged 8 and up can go out and try climbing!
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Getting to Joshua Tree National Park is pretty easy — you simply fly into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and drive less than an hour east. The most common way to get to the climbing spots is to drive in from the town of Joshua Tree, heading south on Park Blvd towards the park’s entrance.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at the park’s entrance.