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Palm Desert, United States
Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the uncanny landscape of Joshua Tree National Park with a 4.5-hour van tour from Palm Desert, near Palm Springs. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned van or SUV as you navigate soaring granite formations and groves of the park’s famously spiky trees, and capture unforgettable images of terrain that spans the Colorado and Mojave deserts. Trace a gentle trail into the rocks at Hidden Valley and Keys View, watch for the park’s reclusive wildlife, and experience the unique beauty of one America’s most remarkable national parks.
  • 4.5-hour van tour of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Enjoy two optional nature hikes
  • Learn about the desert landscape
  • Explore alongside an experienced guide
  • Perfect overview of the park for first-time visitors
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National Park fees
Bottled water
Live commentary on board
Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Gratuities
Morton's The Steakhouse , 74-880 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA

In the Ralph's Grocery Store shopping center on the corner of Cook Street and Country Club Drive in Palm Desert.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (may be 15-20 degrees cooler in the park)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Age limit of 6 years old
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Big Wheel Tours, Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour .
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What is the social distancing policy during Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park Driving Tour .

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  • "Definitely worth getting up early for as we were the only ones there." See review

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star-5
Breathtaking views
burkewaterboy74
, Jun 2022
Beautiful mountain and desert views while Kolin was our tour guide all throughout the town. We, highly, recommend him
star-5
Amazing Experience
Nikhil_V
, Jun 2022
Will the thrill was an absolutely amazing storyteller. Took me to some really cool spots. What a fun tour. Strongly recommend. Thank you
star-5
Trip to Joshua Trip National Park.
Deepak_B
, Jun 2022
Was not able to upload the pictures.🥲 would go back again. Just beautiful. Would recommend to friends and family to make the trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Deepak!
star-5
Great way to see Joshua...
Paul_S
, May 2022
Great way to see Joshua Tree National Park! Our tour guide Elizabeth was excellent! She took is to fascinating spots in the park.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Paul! Glad you had a great tour!
star-5
A beautiful park in the desert
Aki_T
, May 2022
The tour was very informative of the desert as well as the Joshua Tree National Park. Jeff, the tour guide, had interesting stories and took time to show us the small things that we tourists would not have experienced otherwise. The photo spots were very picturesque to capture the beauty of the park.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
The desert is indeed a beautiful place! We're so happy you got to see it as well!
star-5
Our tour guide was so...
Jacquline_N
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was so informative and accommodating! Best way to visit this park! And we went early with no lines!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for the kind review!
star-5
A Great Trip to Joshua National Park
Tammy_R
, Apr 2022
We experienced a wonderful tour of Joshua NP highlights with our tour guide, Ben. He pointed out everything we came across, and more; was very well versed in the history and vegatation in and around the park, and made sure we stopped at peak points of interest during our trip. Would highly recommend this desert gem.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for the kind words about Ben and the tour! Hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Amazing day with an amazing tour guide
Maria_K
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was fantastic. We went early on a Wednesday morning and my boyfriend and I happened to be the only ones which was great. Our guide was so friendly, took many photos of us and brought us to the best spots. He was efficient and on time, he taught us so much and we thoroughly enjoyed our day. It was well worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Seeing rock formations...
Denise_G
, Apr 2022
Seeing rock formations and cohalla cacti. Guide for this trip was knowledgeable, pleasant and efficient.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Denise!
star-5
Beautiful sights and...
John_E
, Mar 2022
Beautiful sights and great guide. Joe had a lot of good knowledge of the park. He had many place we could see but we ran out of time.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you John!
star-5
Highly recommend
Tammy_F
, Mar 2022
Our guide Joe was super knowledgeable about everything from the history, geology, flora and fauna of Joshua Tree as well as the Coachella Valley. He was thoughtful and accommodated everyone's needs.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Tammy!
star-5
Good Way to Experience Joshua Tree National Park
Mary_T
, Mar 2022
Our guide, Ron, was very knowledgeable and took us off the beaten track. Highly recommend him because he made the tour!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Ron is a wonderful guide! Thank you for the kind words!
star-5
Great Trip to Joshua Tree
Alexandra_M
, Feb 2022
We ended up being the only two guests on the tour. Our guide, Jeff, was a fantastic host, going out of his way to make us comfortable and tailor the tour to our interests and needs. He was so impressively knowledgeable on a wide range of topics on the park and the region more broadly.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much! Jeff joined our team this season and what a blessing he has been. Thank you for the kind words!
star-3
The guide was great but...
Rachel_R
, Feb 2022
The guide was great but we only saw about three sights before turning around and coming back and I couldn't understand why it was only half a day tour when there was so much more to see. I wanted to do a full-day tour but this doesn't appear to be offered. The price I paid is the same or more than other whole day tours I've been on and really isn't worth the money. Great to see Joshua Tree but rather disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hello Rachel....we are sorry that you felt the tour was too short. The park is big, about the same size as Rhode Island at 1200 square miles and we find that for most guests 5 hours door to door is as much time as most guests want to spend driving in a car. It is true that say, an 8 hour tour would cover more ground in the park but wouldn't appeal to most tourists, in our experience. We did raise our prices a bit this year to account for the additional time that tour takes (it is the longest tour we offer), increased fuel prices (California's are the highest in the nation), and of course the entry fee to the park. You can contact us directly if you feel that we can do anything for you. Thank you!
star-5
Explore Joshua Tree with Ron!
Pam_H
, Feb 2022
Ron was our guide. He was fabulous! Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about Joshua Tree, but he shared his personal experiences with the park and local folklore. Highly impressed with Ron.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you Pam! I hope that Ron stays with Big Wheel forever and ever. We love him.
star-5
Joshua Tree with Isabel. BEST TOUR.
Jon_K
, Jan 2022
Isabel was the BEST tour guide. She gave such great information and took us to so many great sights in the park. She created a family experience with all of us. I would take EVERY tour she gives. Great energy.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you Jon! Isabel is outstanding, we agree!
star-5
Learned a lot
Greg_A
, Jan 2022
Learned more about the hard life of gold mining. Enjoyed the expansive landscape. Learned some geology.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you Greg! Yes indeed, there is a lot of history to be learned about the park....both natural science and human history.
star-5
Ron was enjoyable and knowledgeable
Glenn_C
, Jan 2022
Seeing the Joshua park and climbing rocks. Nice day we will remember for a long time. We had a nice experience with Ron. Very Personal and friendly
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you very much for the nice review! We hope you come see us again.
star-5
Jeff is great - highly recommend!
Kyra_C
, Jan 2022
This was a fabulous tour and an outstanding guide! My friend and I just loved Jeff. He was personable, knowledgeable, so friendly and professional. We initially wanted the 1pm tour but it was booked up on the date we needed, so we did the 7am tour instead. We're not morning people and grumbled a bit about how early we'd have to get up, especially on vacation, but in hindsight I'm delighted it worked out that way. Not only because it put us with Jeff but also because we largely beat the crowds. We had the park almost entirely to ourselves! Jeff is a talented photographer as well as a great guide, and I got some really amazing photos. The picture where the sun is bursting through a hole in the rocks behind me was timed by him almost down to the minute. He was like, something amazing happens in a certain spot at 9am, wanna see? Hell yeah we wanted to see! Overall a quick but unexpectedly well-rounded introduction to the highlights of the park. I've already recommended this tour, and Jeff specifically, to a friend who was picking my brain about JTNP. The tour is not cheap - at least not to someone on a teacher's salary - but I found it to be worth every cent.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you Kyra! Jeff is a seasoned pro who loves his job....we are so glad that you enjoyed it!
star-3
Expensive & Missed sunset.
Alejandra_C
, Jan 2022
Too expensive for what we got and we missed the sunset, which was disappointing. Also we were not giving enough time to walk through and be with the trees, we stopped in mostly rock areas. We wanted more connection with the trees. And there was miscommunication on the pick up area. But Joe was friendly.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hello Alejandra, sorry that you missed the sunset but we don't advertise this as a sunset tour mostly because the days are too long most of the year and we don't like to be out after dark in wilderness areas. We do try to accommodate requests from guests so I am sorry that you felt short change on time amongst the trees.

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