|GPS:||34.012, -116.168 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||C Miller on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates|
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1. Vegetation is no longer allowed as an anchor!
2. Only neutral or rock colored bolts are allowed.
For a complete list of climbing closures visit:
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
- 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
HOTELS, MOTELS, B&Bs & VACATION HOMES
*29 Palms Inn
*El Rancho Dolores Motel
*Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
*Joshua Desert Retreats - Vacation Rentals
*Joshua Tree Inn
*Joshua Tree Oasis
*Joshua Tree Vacation Homes
*Oasis of Eden Inn
*The Desert Lilly
*Roughley Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn
*Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel
REST DAY ACTIVITIES
- 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.
- Official NPS website - lots of good information about the Park
* Friends of Joshua Tree - a local non-profit access group
* Joshua Tree NP Map - digital map of Joshua Tree with GPS coordinates
* Joshua Tree virtual tour - sit back and explore the Park from home
* Old-timer Bill Keys - The story of Bill Keys
* First Timers Guide to Joshua Tree - A fantastic resource with lots of helpful hints and advice for any Joshua Tree visitor
*Joshua Tree National Park maps - Assorted maps of Joshua Tree NP (campgrounds, roads, trails and more)
*Local artists, events & community
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.
- 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
More on air travel...
SPORT CLIMBS OF JOSHUA TREE?
Erik on "Is that a Munchkin in your Pocket". Photo by Blitzo.
Bathwater, Pinto Basin TG
REPORT BAD BOLTS
Classic Climbing Routes at Joshua Tree National Park
Days w Precip