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Joshua Tree National Park: Where Diverse Deserts Meet

Program Number: 17909RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/7/2013 - 4/12/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Palm Springs, California
Price starting at: $1,159.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; Natural History
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Begin your journey in Palm Springs and discover the two enchanting deserts that meet in Joshua Tree National Park: the Mojave, with its bare-rock outcroppings and the trees of the park’s name, and the Colorado, with its flowering creosote bushes and diverse cactus gardens. Study the natural architecture and origins of the park's landscape, and hear the human story of the desert. At night, spot constellations among the magnificent blanket of stars.




Highlights

• Led by a park ranger, explore Keys Ranch, a National Historic Register site where a family raised five children in this remote location.
• With experts from the Desert Institute, experience the two large desert ecosystems — the Colorado and the Mojave — that come together in Joshua Tree National Park.
• Discover the remarkable adaptations of plants and animals to flourish in an environment of heat, wind and sand.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day on uneven, soft-sand trails, some unpaved terrain. Elevations of 3,000-6,000 feet.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Palm Springs: 1 night, coach Twentynine Palms;
4 nights, coach to Palm Springs for departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Palm Springs

Originally a recreational oasis for Hollywood’s famous, Palm Springs is still an indulgent getaway a hundred years later. The desert town, surrounded by breathtaking canyons and natural hot mineral springs, offers 125 golf courses, tennis, hiking and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies all within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles.



Accommodations
Hotel accommodations in Palm Springs. Twentynine Palms housing includes old-fashioned adobe bungalows and cottages around a spring-fed pond. Walking distance from town, Joshua Tree National Park. Rooms without phones.
Meals and Lodgings
   Courtyard Palm Springs
  Palm Springs 1 night
   The 29 Palms Inn
  Twentynine Palms, CA 4 nights
 Courtyard Palm Springs
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to/from Palm Spring International Airport (PSP) which is about one mile away
  Contact info: 1300 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 USA
phone: 760-322-6100
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pspch-courtyard-palm-springs/
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet Coffee/tea in-room Mini fridge Hair dryer
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center Outdoor heated pool Whirlpool On-site breakfast and dinner service at The Bistro
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability Please call hotel directly and tell them you are in the Road Scholar program
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 The 29 Palms Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: Like the slow-growing Joshua trees in the nearby National Park, the 29 Palms Inn at the Oasis of Mara in the Morongo Basin of the Mojave Desert has grown gradually and organically from the late 1920’s. Surrounded by a natural preserve of 70 acres filled with fan palms, palo verde and mesquite and teeming with year-round and migratory species of birds and other wild life which flock to the artesian-fed pond, the Inn offers nature-oriented solitude and serene panoramic views of the desert to the north and the mountains to the west. The 29 Palms Inn consists of a friendly, idiosyncratic and comfortable collection of adobe-walled bungalows, historic wood-framed cottages, and small desert houses of diverse vintages. You’ll find some rooms have fireplaces to keep guests warm on chilly winter nights and others have private patios with marvelous desert views. All rooms are adorned with works by accomplished local artists. You’ll enjoy the Inn’s outstanding restaurant noted for its homemade breads and fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the Inn’s garden, and thrill to the brilliant, unimpeded display of the Milky Way galaxy in the vastness of the night-time desert sky. After a day of hiking and exploring, you'll find relaxation in the Inn’s outdoor pool and hot tub. A massage may be scheduled in the comfort of your room by making an appointment in advance. The Inn has a library which is full of maps and guides for your use. The Inn’s rooms are 100% non-smoking, although smoking is permitted outside in designated areas.
  Contact info: 73950 Inn Avenue
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 USA
phone: 760-367-3505
web: www.29palmsinn.com/
  Room amenities: All rooms have cooling and heating. For rooms with a fireplace, a bag of firewood is provided in the colder months. All rooms are 100% non-smoking, although smoking is permitted outside in designated areas. There are no telephones in the guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The 29 Palms Inn consists of an old-fashioned collection of adobe bungalows and framed cottages centered around a lush spring-fed pond on the Oasis of Mara and widely spaced around the 70 acre property for maximum privacy and quiet. Birds and wildlife are drawn to the pond, lending peace and interest to the environment. Walking paths of hard-packed desert sand connect the numerous bungalows and cottages and lead to the main house, restaurant, and outdoor pool with full-service bar. The Inn’s fine restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and features a well-rounded selection of delicious foods. A year-round vegetable garden produces much of the delicious fare offered at the Inn. Complimentary sweet breads, muffins, coffee and juice are served on the patio by the pool in the mornings. The 29 Palms Creative Center & Gallery, located down the road from the Inn, offers art classes and exhibits of works by local artists. To preserve a tranquil atmosphere, there are no telephones in the rooms. Cable television is available but most TV sets are small and black and white, in keeping with the Inn’s orientation towards nature, serenity and outdoor activities. However, you will find wireless networking (WIFI) around the pool. The Inn is ideally situated within walking distance of both the town and the Oasis Visitor Center, the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Most bungalows and rooms have a bathroom with a shower. Several have bathrooms with a claw foot bathtub/shower combination.
  Additional nights after: Varies depending on occupancy Based upon room availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration from 3:30-5:00 PM at Courtyard Palm Springs. Inquire at the front desk for the assigned location. You will be staying at Courtyard Palm Springs that night.
  End of Program:
Group departs 29 Palms Inn by chartered bus for return trip to Palm Springs. You will be staying at The 29 Palms Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Health & Safety Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Participant Agreement from Joshua Tree National Park Association; The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. Signing the Desert Institute waiver is a condition of participating in the program. The Participant Agreement form must be returned to the Road Scholar Ventura office, along with the Road Scholar Health and Safety Form. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Road Scholar participants may leave their cars parked at no charge at the Courtyard Palm Springs when they leave for 29 Palms Inn on Day 2. However, the hotel is not liable for any damages to cars left in its parking lot.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Palm Springs
  Nearest city or town:  Cathedral City
  Nearest highway: Interstate Highway 10
  Nearest airport:  Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Twentynine Palms, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Palm Springs
  Nearest highway: Hwy 62 and Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Palm Springs (PSP) and Los Angeles (LAX)
Travel Details
 

Amtrak/ No. Palms Springs to Courtyard Palm Springs

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Cab
phone: 760-322-4444

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $20 one-way per ride (split fare if more than one passenger)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About 10 minutes from the Amtrak platform to the PSP airport 

 

Distance:

 

About 5 miles from Amtrak platform to hotel

   

Amtrak offers limited service to Palm Springs North (PSN) only on its "Sunset Limited" route between CA and Louisiana. Only 3 train departures per week in either direction. The No. Palm Springs platform is an unstaffed stop. The station is located at N. Indian Canyon Dr. & Palm Springs Station Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262. AMTRAK: www.amtrak.com or call 800-872-7245. The hotel does not offer shuttle service. OTHER TAXIS: AM/PM Shuttle Service (760) 409-8826; USA CAB Company (760) 416-1200.

 

From Ontario Intl Airport (ONT) to Courtyard Palm Springs

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Around $80 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About one hour 

 

Distance:

 

About 60 miles

   

The Ontario International Airport Hotel (ONT) is an alternate gateway to Palm Springs. However, one must take a commercial shuttle or rent a car to get to Palm Springs. The hotel does not provide shuttle service from Ontario. Alternate transportation: Estimated taxi fare: $150 (one way). For Ontario Airport information, visit their website or call (909) 937-2700.

 

Palm Springs Airport (PSP) to Courtyard Palm Springs

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Call Hotel
phone: 760-322-6100

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary Hotel Shuttle
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Less than 5 minutes by car 

 

Distance:

 

1.3 miles from PSP to hotel

   

The Courtyard Palm Springs offers complimentary shuttle service from the airport, upon request. If you require alternate transportation from PSP to the hotel, take a taxi. The estimated fee is $10 (one way). Visit the PSP airport website for further information. A courtesy phone is available at PSP. PSP Airport Phone: (760) 318-3800

 
Driving Directions
  From Las Vegas to Courtyard Palm Springs Take Interstate 15 Fwy South/West towards Los Angeles. Go about 215+ miles. Keep straight onto I-215 South / Barstow Fwy / Historic Route 66. Take ramp right for I-10 East toward Redlands / Indio. At exit 112, take ramp right for CA-111 toward Palm Springs. Turn left to stay on CA-111 / E Vista Chino. Turn right onto N Sunrise Way. Turn right onto E Tahquitz Canyon Way. The hotel is at 1300 E Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
  From Los Angeles to Courtyard Palm Springs Take Interstate 10 Fwy East towards San Bernardino/Palm Springs. (Or take CA-60 Fwy East.) At exit 112, take ramp right for CA-111 toward Palm Springs. Turn left to stay on CA-111 / E Vista Chino. Turn right onto N Sunrise Way. Turn right onto E Tahquitz Canyon Way. The hotel is at 1300 E Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
  From Phoenix to Courtyard Palm Springs Take Interstate 10 Fwy West to Palms Springs/Los Angeles. At exit 126 in Palm Springs, take ramp right and follow signs for Date Palm Drive. Turn left onto Date Palm Dr. Turn right onto Vista Chino. Road name changes to E Vista Chino. Keep straight onto CA-111 / E Vista Chino. Turn left onto N Sunrise Way. Turn right onto E Tahquitz Canyon Way. The hotel is at 1300 E Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
  From San Diego to Courtyard Palm Springs Take Interstate 15 Fwy North / Escondido Fwy. Keep right onto I-215 North / Escondido Expy towards Lake Perris and Moreno Valley. At Moreno Valley, take CA-60 Fwy East towards Beaumont. At Beaumont, take ramp right for Interstate 10 East toward Indio. At exit 112, take ramp right for CA-111 toward Palm Springs. Turn left to stay on CA-111 / E Vista Chino. Turn right onto N Sunrise Way. Turn right onto E Tahquitz Canyon Way. The hotel is at 1300 E Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
Elevation Note: Low Colorado Desert of JTNP below 3,000 ft, while High Mojave Desert varies 2,000-6,000 ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, April 7)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Courtyard Palm Springs after 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel. Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.
 Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Courtyard Palm Springs
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Group travels via chartered bus to 29 Palms
(Monday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Palm Springs hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: After breakfast, the group will depart Palm Springs on a chartered bus. On the way to 29 Palms, the group will stop at the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, a riparian area with a year-round stream, in Morongo Valley.

Second stop will be at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley.

 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant between Palm Springs and 29 Palms
 Afternoon: Group check-in upon arrival at 29 Palms Inn

PRESENTATION: An Introduction to the 29 Palms Inn

Introductory talk and walk around the 29 Palms Inn property. The 29 Palms Inn was built in 1928 on a beautiful California fan palm oasis at Twentynine Palms in the Southern California high desert. It is an old fashioned collection of adobe bungalows and framed cottages. Many of them are located around the Faultline pond which serves as home to many species of wildlife.

 Dinner: Dinner prepared by 29 Palms Inn restaurant and served in adjacent dining area. Dinners typically include an entree with side dishes featuring seasonal fresh vegetables from the garden (as available), freshly baked Sourdough bread, a beverage and dessert. Relax here in the Oasis of Mara in a picturesque setting with fan palms, palo verde, mesquite, and an oasis lagoon.
   
Accommodations: The 29 Palms Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Joshua Tree National Park & Geology Lectures/Bus Trip into Joshua Tree National Park with Geology Related Hike
(Tuesday, April 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 29 Palms Inn
 Morning: After breakfast, walk less than 0.5 miles on the trail from the 29 Palms Inn to the Oasis Visitor Center.

CLASS: Introduction to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park encompasses parts of both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado, which is a subdivision of the larger Sonoran Desert. The division between the two is not a fine line, but rather a broad transition zone. The Mojave Desert, lying above 3,000 feet in elevation, occupies a slightly cooler climate filled with strange rock formations and thousands of Joshua trees. The Sonoran Desert is characterized by lower elevations, hotter temperatures, less rainfall, wide-open spaces and fascinating plants such as cholla, ocotillo and smoke trees.

At the Oasis Visitor Center, visit the natural and human history exhibits in the museum and the labeled plants in the desert gardens.

CLASS: Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape

Learn about the powerful forces that sculpted Joshua Tree over millions of years, creating one of the most surreal landscapes in North America.

 Lunch: We'll have bag lunches prepared by the Inn at the Oasis Visitor Center
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bus trip into Joshua Tree National Park with an on-board guide from the Desert Institute.

On the field trip, identify geological concepts introduced in the morning class as you travel through the Park and visit prime locations such as Keys View, one of the highest points in the park with panoramic views of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, Split Rock, and Jumbo Rocks. View evidence of weathering on the granite outcrops as you hike Arch Rock trail, a 0.3 mile long loop trail.

Current conditions will determine each day's destinations and hikes. Round-trip transportation is provided.

 Dinner: Dinner at 29 Palms Inn. Menus change daily and feature fresh ingredients. Recall highlights of the day as you enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow hikers in this beautiful setting.
 Evening: CLASS: Each evening, a guest speaker will discuss a topic of local significance. It might be the life cycle of the desert tortoise, rock climbing, astronomy, or a variety of other fascinating subjects
   
Accommodations: The 29 Palms Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cultural History Lectures/Bus Trip into Joshua Tree National Park/Visit Keys Ranch
(Wednesday, April 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 29 Palms Inn
 Morning: After breakfast, walk less than 0.5 miles on the trail from the 29 Palms Inn to the Oasis Visitor Center.

CLASS: Cultural History of Joshua Tree National Park

For thousands of years, Joshua Tree was home to small bands of desert Indians. In the late 1800s gold miners and outlaws arrived followed by cattlemen and homesteaders. The land was federally protected in 1936, and by the end of the 20th century Joshua Tree was an internationally famous rock climbing destination. Hear the stories of Serrano and Cahuilla Indians, Willie Boy, Bill Keys and Minerva Hoyt.

 Lunch: We'll have bag lunches prepared by the Inn at the Oasis Visitor Center
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bus trip into Joshua Tree National Park

Join a National Park Service ranger on a guided, walking exploration of Keys Ranch, a National Historic Register Site.

The 90 minute tour includes the colorful story of the 60 years that Bill and Frances Keys spent working together to make a life and raise their five children in this isolated location. The ranch house, school, store and workshop still stand. The orchard has been replanted, and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment and spare parts that are a part of the Keys Ranch story.

Current conditions will determine each day's destinations and hikes. Round-trip transportation is provided.

 Dinner: Dinner at 29 Palms Inn. Menus change daily and feature fresh ingredients. Recall highlights of the day as you enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow hikers in this beautiful setting.
 Evening: CLASS: Each evening, a guest speaker will discuss a topic of local significance. It might be the life cycle of the desert tortoise, rock climbing, astronomy, or a variety of other fascinating subjects
   
Accommodations: The 29 Palms Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Natural History Lectures/Bus Trip into Joshua Tree National Park with Natural History Related Hike
(Thursday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 29 Palms Inn
 Morning: After breakfast, walk less than 0.5 miles on the trail from the 29 Palms Inn to the Oasis Visitor Center.

CLASS: Faces and Forms of Life Within Joshua Tree National Park

Deserts are composed of plants and animals living together in what seems like an oppressive environment. Living and nonliving elements interact in a complex way, forming the desert ecosystem. Learn the secret of how plants and animals survive in the desert.

 Lunch: We'll have bag lunches prepared by the Inn at the Oasis Visitor Center
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bus trip into Joshua Tree National Park with on board guide from Desert Institute

Discover the remarkable adaptations of plants and animals that flourish in an environment of heat, wind and sand as you visit the Cholla Cactus Garden, a 0.3 mile nature trail. Walk through a garden of multi-colored cacti and an Ocotillo Patch, a model of adaptability to the hardships of desert life. While hiking the Hidden Valley Nature Trail, a 1 mile long loop trail in an area once used as a hideout by cattle rustlers in the 1800s, identify Joshua trees, yuccas, and other plants characteristic of the high desert.

Current conditions will determine each day's destinations and hikes. Round-trip transportation is provided.

 Dinner: Dinner at 29 Palms Inn. Menus change daily and feature fresh ingredients. Recall highlights of the day as you enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow hikers in this beautiful setting. amid this beautiful setting.
 Evening: WRAP-UP PROGRAM: This evening, we'll review what we've seen and learned and share personal high points of the experience.
   
Accommodations: The 29 Palms Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Group travels via chartered bus back to Palm Springs for independent departures
(Friday, April 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 29 Palms Inn
 Morning: HOTEL CHECK OUT

FIELD TRIP: After breakfast, the group will depart 29 Palms Inn on a charterd bus for Palm Springs.

We hope you have enjoyed our Joshua Tree National Park program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Palm Springs City of Palm Springs
For information on the local community of Palm Springs, contact: City of Palm Springs

3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 323-8299 For additional information, visit www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us/

  Tourism Information
For complete travel and visitor information and a free Visitors Guide, contact: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

277 N. Avenida

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Phone: (760) 778-8415 or (800) 347-7746 For additional information, visit www.visitpalmsprings.com/

  Twentynine Palms, CA California Welcome Center
Information on the Morongo Basin, which includes Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree may be obtained by contacting:

California Welcome Center

56711 Twentynine Palms Hwy

Yucca Valley, CA 92284-2942

Phone: (760) 365-5464

Email: info.yuccavalley@visitcwc.com For additional information, visit www.visitcwc.com/YuccaValley/

  National Park Service Website
Information about Joshua Tree National Park may be obtained from the National Park Service through their website. Your local library may have excellent natural history books and travel guide books. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm
  Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce
If you would like tourism information on the Twentynine Palms area, contact:

Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

73484 Twentynine Palms Hwy

Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Phone: (760) 367-3445

Fax: (760) 367-3366 For additional information, visit www.visit29.org

Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Sonoran Desert Wildflowers: A Field Guide to the Common Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert


Author: Richard Spellenberg


Description: This guide features 300 of the common plants of the Sonoran Desert. Detailed descriptions, information about bloom season and range, and interesting facts about each plant accompany the full-color photographs.



Mojave Desert Wildflowers: A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Mojave Desert, Including the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park


Author: Pam MacKay


Description: The Mojave Desert ecoregion extends from eastern California to northwestern Arizona, southern Nevada, and southwestern Utah. This guide features 300 of the common species, full-color photographs, detailed descriptions, information on flowering season, and interesting facts about each plant.



Joshua Tree National Park Geology


Author: D.D. Trent & Richard W. Hazlett


Description: Joshua Tree National Park Geology is a thorough, up-to-date explanataion of the forces that helped shape the amazing natural architecture of this multifaceted park. D.D. Trent and Richard W. Hazlett have traced the evolution of this desert landscape through a rich narrative that serves both newly inquisitive visitors as well as students of natural history. Full-color photographs and instructive graphic illustrations along with geologic maps create visual references that fully engage the reader.



On Foot In Joshua Tree National Park, New 5th Edition


Author: Patty A. Furbush


Description: If you are planning a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, this guide will help you find the best places to walk or hike. This guide includes detailed information on each route so you know the roundtrip mileage, average time, difficulty, and what type of route it is. Start and end points are indicated with reference to the related topo map.



Rock Climbing: Joshua Tree


Author: Randy Vogel


Description: Randy Vogel's Joshua Tree guidebook is getting a bit dated (it was published in 1992), but it still remains the only comprehensive guide to the world famous area and works perfectly well for getting you to the numerous classics of the area.



Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide: Joshua Tree National Park (Paperback)


Author: James Kaiser


Description: Located just two hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is a desert getaway that boasts some of the most dramatic and unexpected scenery in the Southwest. Stunning photographs showcase this wondrous landscape, while fascinating chapters discuss the park's history, geology, and wildlife. A guide to desert wildflowers is also included along with updated trail maps for more than 20 of the best hikes in the park. James Kaiser is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and the author of Acadia: The Complete Guide, Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide, and Yosemite: The Complete Guide.



Joshua Tree National Park Pocket Guide


Author: Bruce Grubbs


Description: Put Joshua Tree National Park Pocket Guide in your pocket and explore a spectacular landscape of wilderness, picturesque rock formations, remarkable wildlife, and desert plants. Information-packed and fully portable, this book highlights the key things you'll need to get the most out of your visit. Outdoor activities, flora and fauna, and history are detailed, as well as useful travel information to help you navigate areas inside and outside the park.



Best Easy Day Hikes Joshua Tree (Paperback)


Author: Bill Cunningham and Polly Burke


Description: The distinct trees from which this park derives its name are but one of the many attractions of Joshua Tree National Park. Well known to rock climbers, drawn by the park's challenging rock formations, the park also offers incredible opportunities for hikers. The trails described in this compact guidebook will lead you to cool oases, fascinating historic sites and nature trails, and spectacular viewpoints. “Best Easy Day Hikes Joshua Tree” includes concise descriptions and detailed maps of 25 short, easy-to-follow trails within the park. The authors have picked, with families and hikers of all ages in mind, the best short hikes that showcase the park's treasures. Outfit yourself with a generous supply of water and a wide-brimmed hat, and you will enjoy some of the best desert hiking California has to offer.





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