Joshua Tree National Park | California

Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park

Season

Year-round, but the best seasons are fall and spring

Nearest city

Palm Springs is 37 miles from Joshua Tree

Duration

Half-day to full-day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Climb Joshua Tree’s 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!

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing with a Private Guide

From $150 per person · Full-day

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

From $115 per person · Half-day

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

From $120 per person · Full-day

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

From $220 per person · Full-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.

Things you need 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!

Why should I book with 57hours?

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Why should I go rock climbing?

Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.

What’s included?

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

Technical gear list

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:

  • Helmet
  • 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)
  • Ropes
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

What do I need to bring?

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

  • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season, including a wind layer. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

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 does a typical day look like?

Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:

  • 8:30 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
  • 9:30 am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
  • 5:00 pm: Call it a day and head home

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 is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
  • Kids younger than 14 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For single-pitch climbs, group sizes are usually 1-4 people with one guide to ensure that everyone has the best experience and gets lots of time one the rocks. Multi-pitch climbs consist of 2 people per guide.

Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days can easily be arranged for larger groups; contact us to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

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 Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

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 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.

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