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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.

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 M. Morley. In June 2002 the website "climbingjtree" 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


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

The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP


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


*Quail Crossing


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.




  • 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

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Some formations are in designated Wilderness Areas, while others are not? Which is where?

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

Bathwater, Pinto Basin TG



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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
White Rastafarian
V3 6A
V4 6B
Stem Gem
V4 6B
V5 6C
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bird of Fire
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monk…
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Illusion Dweller
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 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
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hot Rocks
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
White Rastafarian Joshua Tree Bou… > Outback Bouldering > White Rastafarian Bou…
V2 5+ R Boulder
Gunsmoke Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Gunsmoke Area > Gunsmoke Wall
V3 6A Boulder
Stem Gem Joshua Tree Bou… > … > HVCG West > Stem Gem Boulder
V4 6B Boulder
Pigpen Joshua Tree Bou… > … > Manx Boulders C… > Pigpen Boulder
V4 6B Boulder
JBMFP Joshua Tree Bou… > … > JBMF Boulders > JBMF Boulder
V5 6C Boulder
Bird of Fire Split Rocks > Isles in the Sky
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Figures on a Landscape (aka… Wonderland of R… > … > N Astro Dome > N Astro Dome - Northe…
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Illusion Dweller Real Hidden Valley > Sentinel > Sentinel - W Face
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Rubicon Split Rocks > Rubicon Formation
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
EBGB's Echo Rock Area > Echo Rock > EBGB Block Area
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
O'Kelley's Crack Echo Rock Area > Rusty Wall
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Heart of Darkness Sheep Pass Area > … > Conrad Rock > Conrad Rock - Heart o…
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Coarse and Buggy Rdside Rocks > Dihedral Rock
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Hot Rocks Outback > Rock Hudson
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Wangerbanger Echo Rock Area > Rusty Wall
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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C Miller   CA  
Michael Reardon ripping up Josh, solo style...… Jan 3, 2010
C Miller   CA  

Note that the elevation for the given temperatures is slightly under 2000 feet while Hidden Valley Campground is over 4000 feet which will mean slightly cooler temperatures.

There are scads of fun and enjoyable routes facing every direction of the compass, even south for when it's cold, so head out and climb for as long as your fingertips can take it! Dec 16, 2013
Oak Park, CA
Sean   Oak Park, CA
FYI regarding the free RoadRunner Shuttle that goes in and out of the park, the buses start their route at the Oasis Visitors Center in 29 Palms, enters the 29 Palms Entrance, goes westward across to Jumbo, then later passing HV closely to Barker Dam, then back to I-Rock, then to stop and turn around at Trashcan Rock in Quail Springs. It doesn't ever go out the West Entrance nor to the town of Joshua Tree. From Quail Springs, it retraces its route eastward back to Jumbo, but then makes a second loop to Quail Springs, then finally out past Jumbo again and back to Oasis. There are currently 4 shuttles making the rounds. First bus leaves the Oasis around 8:04 am and makes it to I-Rock at approx 8:56. Last eastbound bus departs from I-Rock at 4:55 pm toward Jumbo and returns to Oasis at 5:46. No park pass nec for shuttle rider to enter and exit park. Nov 18, 2018
Tristan Bradford
Oklahoma City, OK
Tristan Bradford   Oklahoma City, OK
Free camping can be had by turning left on sunfair and right on east broadway. Takes you to a clay bed, careful if it has rained recently and be sure to pack EVERYTHING out. No water hookups or bathrooms. Dec 5, 2018
Alex Aristei
Alex Aristei   Malibu
Lost Pink Soill shoes !!! let me know if you find them Jan 3, 2019 · Lost & Found