Hiking and Camping in Joshua Tree

Hiking and Camping in Joshua Tree

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Hiking and Camping in Joshua Tree

4 Days Starting and ending in Las Vegas

Visiting: Joshua Tree National Park

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

SKXJ

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 10

Physical rating:

High

Age range:

12-99 years

Trip Styles:

Active, Camping

From: $1775 $1726 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$49

NB: Prices correct on 15-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Discover one of the most serene and surreal landscapes in the American West on a winter hiking and backcountry camping trip in Joshua Tree National Park where billion-year-old rocks loom above the surrounding desert, and expansive Joshua Tree “forests” blanket broad valleys. In the mornings and evenings, it feels more like a savannah than a desert, with Joshua Trees framing the horizon at the edge of the Mojave desert. Admire Joshua Tree’s must-see features like desert oases and soaring summits and gather around the well-stoked campfires at a basecamp in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park.

Highlights

  • Have a wonderful outdoor experience while you enjoy comforts like showers and cosy sleeping amenities, even while camping.

  • Explore Joshua Tree National Park on foot – hike some most iconic and classic treks under the watchful eye of your expert leader who knows all the best spots.

  • Soak in the sight of Joshua trees silhouetted against the break of day or climb to the top of one of the monoliths surrounding camp to greet the morning.

  • Hike to the summit of Ryan Mountain and take in stunning 360-degree summit views of granite rock piles that seem to melt into the surrounding plateau.

  • Sustained by water seeping up through fault lines, five oases can be found within Joshua Tree National Park. On this trip, you will visit two of them.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park

Accommodation: Camping

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After a morning hotel pickup in Las Vegas, take a scenic drive through sparsely populated desert expanses, picking up additional group members at the Oasis Visitor Center along the way, then drive into the heart of the park to reach Sheep Pass Campground. After lunch, hike to the summit of Ryan Mountain and take in stunning 360-degree summit views of granite rock piles that seem to melt into the surrounding plateau. Returning to camp, enjoy a delicious campfire dinner and admire the sparkling stars of the Milky Way overhead.

Included Activities:
-Ryan Mountain climb

Day 2: Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park

Accommodation: Camping

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, visit the Teddy Bear Cholla Garden then make your way to today’s main hike: The Lost Palms Oasis. Sustained by water seeping up through fault lines, five oases can be found within Joshua Tree National Park, and today you will visit two of them. Meander over arroyos and through sandy smoke tree washes to reach the park’s largest group of California Fan Palms where you will enjoy lunch. From here, hike back to the trailhead, soaking in views of Southern California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea, and perhaps take an additional hike to Arch Rock.

Included Activities:
-Teddy Bear Cholla Garden visit
-The Lost Palms Oasis hike
-Arch Rock hike

Day 3: Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park

Accommodation: Camping

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Soak in the sight of Joshua trees silhouetted against the break of day, or climb to the top of one of the monoliths surrounding camp to greet the morning before our first group hike of the day to Barker Dam. Admire the petroglyphs, learn about the Native American history of the area, and listen to tall tales from the days of gold mining and cattlemen before you head to another part of the Wonderland of Rocks: The Maze. This trail will take you through spires, granite monoliths, and rock formations to a grand finale of breathtaking views of the national park. Returning back to camp, enjoy one last evening of hearty food, good company, and a campfire beneath the desert sky.

Included Activities:
-Barker Dam hike
-The Maze hike

Day 4: Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

After breakfast, break down camp and head to Hidden Valley, an ecological haven with incredibly diverse flora. Conditions permitting, you will then scramble through one or more of Indian Cove’s finest remote hollows. After soaking in the astounding landscape and enjoying one last lunch together, bid farewell to any group members departing directly from the park then embark on a scenic drive back to Las Vegas where your trip will come to an end.

Included Activities:
-Hidden Valley hike
-Shuttle to Las Vegas

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Camping (3 nights)

  • Meals
    4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Teddy Bear Cholla Garden visit

  • Ryan Mountain climb

  • The Lost Palms Oasis hike

  • Arch Rock hike

  • Barker Dam hike

  • The Maze hike

  • Hidden Valley hike

  • Shuttle to Las Vegas

Transport

  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS IN THE USA & CANADA
  • We recommend taxis and rideshare services like Lyft and Uber when traveling to and from hotels in the USA and Canada. These services are widely available across North America, offering convenient and accessible transportation options. Private transfers in North America incur high costs and present an increased risk of missed connections due to their fixed schedules. In contrast, taxis and rideshares offer both cost-effectiveness and flexibility, ensuring a smoother journey. With transparent pricing, GPS tracking, and on-demand availability, we believe that taxis and rideshare apps not only offer a reliable alternative to private transfers but also provide a secure, trustworthy, and budget-friendly transportation option for our customers.

Accommodation

  • You’ll stay in a campground with convenient access to exceptional hiking opportunities. These may be national park, state park, or private campgrounds and can vary by trip date, depending on availability and seasonality. You’ll find everything for a comfortable camping holiday here, from cold and hot drinks to campfires (where permitted), camp chairs, showers, fresh food, roomy tents, sleeping bags, camp pillows, and more. Bring your sense of adventure and let us take care of the rest.

Important Information

  • Operations for this trip originate in Utah so Utah sales tax is applicable. This tax is already included in the advertised trip price.
  • 1. Please note this trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 30 days out from departure. We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.
  • 2. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
  • 3. You’ll meet your hiking guide and group at Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada the morning the trip begins. We recommend you book a pre-tour night there. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate pick-up. You can also meet us in Joshua Tree on the morning of Day 1 at the Oasis Visitor Center. This trip will conclude at approximately 7:00 PM on the last day in Las Vegas.
  • 4. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
  • 5. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
  • 6.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.
  • 7. A single tent is provided to all solo travellers at no extra cost.
  • 8. Please note, showers are not available on this trip.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is this trip right for you

    This is a hiking trip so a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included hikes and activities.

    This trip involves hiking from 2 to 8 miles (3 to 13 km) per day with a total trip distance of 21+ miles (34+ km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 1000 feet (305 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.

    On this trip, you’ll be required to carry a daypack weighing approximately 8-12 lb / 3.5- 5.5 kg.

    Due to limited water availability in Joshua Tree National Park, the campground does not have showers.

    On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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