Elevation: 4,216 ft
GPS: 34.012, -116.168 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 10,735,534 total · 42,192/month
Shared By: C Miller on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
Admins: Greg Opland, C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: 2 New Important Updates!! Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

OVERVIEW

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.

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.

That said, sometimes Joshua Tree's popularity outgrows its carrying capacity, and is often the case, overnight camping can become very scarce, very fast. While the park service has made strides to expand the number of campsites, it has strengthened its rules about the number of campers per site, along with the number of vehicles per site. 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 quartz monzonite 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. In June 2002 the website Climbingjtree.com went online.

Visitor Information 760-367-5500

Christine Hoenigmann climbing TG

Seth on Vector

Matt Segal leads Acid Crack (5.12d) Photo credit from Leavittator 2015

CAMPING

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.

The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.

BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP

Backcountry camping rules (Covid-19 edition), Joshua Tree NP

HOTELS, MOTELS, B&Bs & VACATION HOMES

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

*Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel

*Sacredsands

*Quail Crossing

SHOWERS

Showers are available at:
6535 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-9683

73782 2 Mile Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 361-8010
$5 a shower includes towel, open 7 days a week.

REST DAY ACTIVITIES

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

GEAR, SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL

  • Just down the road in Yucca Valley, one can find most any service and supply necessary; from major grocery stores and ubiquitous fast food joints, to auto lube and tunes.

    * 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 for all your climbing shoe resole needs. Located inside of NOMAD VENTURES (Corner of Park and Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree CA)

    * Guide books for the area range from the no frills Bartlett guides to the fairly exhaustive Vogel guides as well as a couple of bouldering specific guides. All have something that the other doesn't.

    * Nearest hospital is the High Desert Medical Center;hl=en&geocode=&q=6601+White+Feather+Road&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=50.157795,82.265625&ie=UTF8&ll=34.112942,-116.247883&spn=0.103324,0.160675&z=13 in the town of Joshua Tree. Cell phone coverage in the park IS SPOTTY AT BEST to NONEXISTENT AT WORST. There is an emergency phone in near the restrooms in Hidden Valley Campground/Intersection Rock. Use only in an emergency.

GETTING HERE

  • 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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SPORT CLIMBS OF JOSHUA TREE?

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Erik on "Is that a Munchkin in your Pocket". Photo by Blitzo.

Bathwater, Pinto Basin TG

CURRENT WEATHER

* This week's forcasted weather from NOAA

* Lost Horse Weather Station from Ca. Water - updated hourly

* Joshua Tree Webcam from NPS - updated every 15 minutes

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GUIDING

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

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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.
V2 5+ R
 206
White Rastafarian
Boulder
V3 6A
 372
Gunsmoke
Boulder
V3 6A R
 102
Slashface
Boulder
V4 6B
 145
Pigpen
Boulder
V5 6C
 170
JBMFP
Boulder
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 625
Bird of Fire
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 188
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monk…
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 912
Illusion Dweller
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 382
Rubicon
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 131
EBGB's
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 93
Imaginary Voyage
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 296
O'Kelley's Crack
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 354
Coarse and Buggy
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 175
Hot Rocks
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 105
Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver)
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
White Rastafarian Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Outback Bouldering > White Rastafarian Bou…
 206
V2 5+ R Boulder
Gunsmoke Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Gunsmoke Area > Gunsmoke Wall
 372
V3 6A Boulder
Slashface Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Western Belt > Slash Boulder
 102
V3 6A R Boulder
Pigpen Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Manx Boulders C… > Pigpen Boulder
 145
V4 6B Boulder
JBMFP Joshua Tree Bou… > … > JBMF Boulders > JBMF Boulder
 170
V5 6C Boulder
Bird of Fire Pinto Basin > … > Isles in the Sky > Isles in the Sky (Nor…
 625
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Figures on a Landscape (aka… Wonderland of R… > … > N Astro Dome > N Astro Dome - Northe…
 188
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Illusion Dweller Hidden Valley Area > … > Sentinel > Sentinel - W Face
 912
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Rubicon Pinto Basin > … > Split Rocks West > Rubicon Formation
 382
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
EBGB's Central Joshua… > … > Echo Rock > EBGB Block Area
 131
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Imaginary Voyage Lost Horse Area > Imaginary Voyage Form…
 93
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
O'Kelley's Crack Central Joshua… > Echo Rock Area > Rusty Wall
 296
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Coarse and Buggy Hidden Valley Area > … > Dihedral Rock > Dihedral Rock - E Face
 354
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Hot Rocks Hidden Valley Area > Outback > Rock Hudson
 175
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Leave it to Beaver (aka The… Hidden Valley Area > … > Sports Challeng… > Sports Challenge Rock…
 105
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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