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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA

Hiking the High Desert: Joshua Tree National Park

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Program #20819RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park and the desert surrounding Palm Springs is an opportunity not to be missed. Famous for the other-worldly Joshua Tree and geologic formations that attract elite rock climbers, the park is a desert lover’s paradise where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet. In the Palm Springs area hike to palm oases where water brings abundance and has created the largest density of California palm trees in the world. Ride the thrilling Palm Springs Aerial Tram for sweeping views of the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas fault zone and distant desert peaks.


Highlights

• Experienced naturalist guides will reveal the amazing adaptations for survival employed by the flora, fauna and pioneers who have tested their mettle in this landscape.
• Hike two days in Joshua Tree National Park. Explore the granitic maze known as the “Wonderland of Rocks”. Hike to off the beaten path locations where a mix of rock, desert vegetation and sky will lead to a sense of discovery and delight.
• In the Palm Springs area hike the Agua Caliente Tribe's "Indian Canyons" and explore San Jacinto State Park accessed by the Aerial Tramway.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Hiking up to six and a half miles, on established rocky trails, dirt paths, dry stream beds, boulders, desert vegetation and uneven terrain. Elevation changes of 500–1,000 feet, seasonal shallow stream crossing possible. Come prepared for a physically active program as we will be hiking on four full days. To prepare for hiking every day, participants should be involved in regular physical activity such as hiking, biking, swimming or other aerobic activity. We will hike as one group throughout the week with a hike leader and a sweep. Weather and temperature extremes may be encountered during the week and may result in changes to hiking locations and distances.

Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.


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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips

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