With more than 8,000 routes in the high desert zone of Joshua Tree, you’re bound to find your perfect paradise on your full-day rock climbing adventure. Whether you have specific objectives in mind or want to focus on certain aspects of your technique, partner up with your guide and create an ideal day on the rocks. Most access is flat and short, so you’ll waste no time getting to the crag. As it’s climbable almost year-round and features highly adhesive granite full of cracks, it’s no wonder that JTree is a climbing mecca. Spend an exciting day on 2-billion-year-old rocks and conquer your objectives with the help of your personal guide!
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 (feel free to bring your own)
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Joshua Tree
- Park entrance fee
- Guide gratuities — optional
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.
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.
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 prices:
- For these private adventures, maximum group size is set at 6 people at most.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Rock climbing in Joshua Tree can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- 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 you’re looking to have an adventurous family day of private climbing, children as young as 3 can join!
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
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.
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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Joshua Tree, California, please refer to California’s COVID-19 Response.
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!