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Elevation: 4,213 ft 1,284 m
GPS: 34.0122, -116.16795
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Joshua Tree is a world famous area with thousands of routes, countless boulder problems and a very limited number of campsites. Long popular as a winter destination, it's appeal has only grown throughout the years as climbers of all abilities have discovered the mild temperatures, grippy rock and surreal landscape which make it a must visit area on any climber's list. The park has extensive climbing information on the NPS website. Before climbing, always check for route and area closures, especially in the spring when raptors might be nesting. 

Today's park visitor comes from around the globe, with some here to climb and others simply here to gaze at the wonder. Looky-loos can crowd some areas during the weekends, but that's part of the Park's mission allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park. Some Joshua Tree climbing history can be found here: JT Climbing Oral History.

In recent years, Joshua Tree's popularity has outgrown its carrying capacity. There are 500 campsites in the park, but camping can become very scarce, very fast. Current prices of overnight camping can be found here, along with other specific campground information. Other overnight options are listed below.

The fee to enter Joshua Tree is currently $30 per vehicle, which is good for 7 days from the date on the receipt. When time permits, the rangers will check the out-going traffic for valid receipts. An annual Joshua Tree pass ($55) or National Parks pass ($80) are also available, and stand as an excellent value for those visiting the park more often. Both are purchased at the check stations at the entrances to the park. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The rock itself is Monzogranite and tends to be fairly solid, but the less traveled and/or newer routes can have the dreaded "ball bearings underfoot syndrome" making those friction moves a tad more dicey. The best rock sports a coating of "desert varnish" or patina which darkens and solidifies the rock appreciably.

Kudos to this page's founding father Mike Morley.

Park Visitor Information 760-367-5500

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Water is not available in the Park. Please come prepared with water containers if planning on staying more than a day.

* NPS Campground Details - specific information about each campground

* Backcountry camping inside the Park

* BLM land for the squeeze.

* Joshua Tree Lake Campground

* Hipcamp has a great directory of the campgrounds, and for some of them you can even check availability and book them online.


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Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

Lodging Overview

*29 Palms Inn

*Best Western

*Country Inn

*El Rancho Dolores Motel

*Harmony Motel

*High-Desert Motel

*Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

*Joshua Desert Retreats - Vacation Rentals

*Joshua Tree Inn

*Joshua Tree Oasis

*Joshua Tree Vacation Homes

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*Oasis of Eden Inn

*The Desert Lilly

Roughley Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn: Websites down, but give them a call at (760) 367-3238

*Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel


*Quail Crossing


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Showers are available at:

* Coyote Corner No Longer Available

* 29 Palms Family Fitness

73782 2 Mile Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 361-8010

$5 a shower includes towel, open 7 days a week.


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* Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour - 90 minute tour offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from October through May

* The Integratron - "a one-of-a-kind building designed as a rejuvenation and time machine"

* Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

* Pioneertown Check out the old west!

* 29 Palms Murals - A collection of 20 murals scattered throughout this desert town.


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* Just down the road in Yucca Valley, one can find most any service and supply necessary: from major grocery stores, retailers and ubiquitous fast-food joints, to auto lube and tire repair.

* Nomad Ventures is the local place to get climbing gear, guidebooks and information about the climbing in Joshua Tree. The folks are friendly and very knowledgeable.

* POSITIVE RESOLES is the local climbing show resole business. Drop your shoes off at the JT Bike Shop, located adjacent to the post office in Joshua Tree.

* Guide books for the area range from the collectible Wolfe guidebooks to the no frills Bartlett guides to the more recent Miramontes and Vogel guides. Additionally, there are several bouldering specific guides (Fry, Gingery, Miramontes). All have something that the other doesn't.

* The nearest hospital is the High Desert Medical Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Cell phone coverage in the park IS SPOTTY AT BEST to NONEXISTENT AT WORST. There is an emergency satellite phone by the restrooms at the Hidden Valley Campground/Intersection Rock parking lot. Use this phone only in an emergency. The nearest trauma center is in the Palm Springs area, about an hour's drive away.

* There is a laundromat in downtown Joshua Tree, just west of Nomad Ventures.


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  • From Palm Springs Airport (PSP) to the West Entrance is 43.6 miles
  • From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the West Entrance is 148 miles
  • From Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) to the North Entrance is 225 miles
  • From Phoenix International Airport (PHX) through the South Entrance to Belle Campground is 259 miles
  • From Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass Entrance to the West Entrance is 375 miles

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* Lost Horse Weather Station - located about one mile from Hidden Valley Campground 

* Point forecast for Indian Cove Campground (nearly 2,000 feet lower in elevation than Hidden Valley Campground)


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Permitted guide services in the park:

Golden State Guiding

Vertical Adventures

Cliff Hanger

Climbing life Guides

Mojave Climbing Guides

Joshua Tree Guides

Ground Up Rock Climbing

Stone Adventures

Vertical Pursuits


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24/7 crash pad rentals are available from the kiosk in the Nomad Ventures parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Joshua Tree National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
SW Corner
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Mental Physics
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Double Cross
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Sail Away
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dappled Mare
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Touch and Go
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bird of Fire
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Illusion Dweller
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Clean and Jerk
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
O'Kelley's Crack
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Heart of Darkness
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Coarse and Buggy
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gunsmoke Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Gunsmoke Area > Gunsmoke Wall
V3 6A Boulder
SW Corner Central Joshua… > … > Ryan Campground > Headstone Rock
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Mental Physics Wonderland of R… > … > W Wonderland Va… > Lenticular Dome
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Double Cross Hidden Valley Area > … > Old Woman > Old Woman - W Face
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Sail Away Hidden Valley Area > Real Hidden Valley > Hidden Tower
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Dappled Mare Lost Horse Area > Lost Horse Wall > Lost Horse Wall - Rig…
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Touch and Go Central Joshua… > Echo Rock Area > Touch & Go Face
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Bird of Fire Pinto Basin > … > Isles in the Sky > Isles in the Sky (Nor…
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Exorcist Central Joshua… > … > Hall of Horrors > E Wall Inner (Exorcis…
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Illusion Dweller Hidden Valley Area > … > Sentinel > Sentinel - W Face
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Clean and Jerk Hidden Valley Area > … > Sports Challeng… > Sports Challenge Rock…
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Rubicon Pinto Basin > … > Split Rocks West > Rubicon Formation
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
O'Kelley's Crack Central Joshua… > Echo Rock Area > Rusty Wall
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Heart of Darkness Central Joshua… > … > Conrad Rock > Conrad Rock - Heart o…
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Coarse and Buggy Hidden Valley Area > … > Dihedral Rock > Dihedral Rock - E Face
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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