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Solo visit to Joshua Tree NP

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Solo visit to Joshua Tree NP


I'll be travelling from LA to Las Vegas in mid August as part of a 3 week backpacking trip. I would love to visit Joshua Tree en route - maybe do a bit of bouldering and camp overnight (I realise that it will be very hot at that time). The major problem is that I can't drive so will be relying on public transport. Does anybody know of any company that does overnight visits to the park - maybe from Palm springs?? i could then organise the rest of the journey independently. Thanks for your help.

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Joshua Tree National Park is what I would consider a *primitive* national park. < I grew up about 4 miles from the Twentynine Palms entrance gate when it was still a national monument and basically nothing changed in the way of visitor services when it received national park status >

By being *primitive* I mean that there is absolutely no drinking water, or water of any kind for visitor use and the toilets are dry/vault-style inside the national park except for Black Rock Campground (near Yucca Valley, CA) and Cottonwood (near Interstate 10 and Indio).

There is no lodge inside the park, no food, and no camper store of any kind inside the national park.

I do not live there any longer and so I do not know of any tour companies that go to the national park. I would be very surprised if there are any. This park is one that visitors drive to in a vehicle.

Maybe someone will answer with the information you are seeking. I merely wanted to give you a *heads up*

Edited: 20 July 2013, 15:23
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2. Re: Solo visit to Joshua Tree NP

There are tours out of Palm Springs, but finding an overnight trip may be a challenge.

Desert Adventures goes there.


There is a Hummer tour that goes there too. The unique thing about this is they go the back way into JTNP via Berdoo Canyon, on a dirt road/sandy wash rather than Hwy 62 to the park.


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3. Re: Solo visit to Joshua Tree NP

Thanks guys. I may just consider a day trip by jeep/4W.

Loved your description of JT 'NotafanofTA'. I think the desolate nature of the park is what appeals!

Will post here if I find another way...

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