Joshua Tree National Park
Hiking the High Desert: Joshua Tree National Park
Fulfill a dream and come to the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park, where you’ll hike amongst spectacular canyons, palm oases, towering boulders and a Joshua Tree forest.
Program No. 20819RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Hiking up to 6.5 miles daily on varied terrain with elevation changes of 500-1,000 feet. Season shallow stream crossings. Elevations of 4,500-8,500 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experienced naturalist guides reveal amazing adaptations for survival of the wildlife, vegetation and pioneers who have tested their mettle in this landscape.
  • Explore the granitic maze known as the “Wonderland of Rocks.”
  • In the Palm Springs area hike the Agua Caliente Tribe's "Indian Canyons" and explore San Jacinto State Park accessed by the aerial tramway.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Matt Turner
Since he decided to attend high school in Southwest Colorado, Matt Turner has been in love with the natural wonders of the Four Corners region prompting him to obtain a degree in Natural History from Prescott College. In addition to working as a field biologist and ecological consultant, he is an avid photographer, leads trips throughout the Southwest, across rivers and in the backcountry. As a naturalist, he hopes to impart a unique perspective of the region's natural environment in all of its visitors.
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