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Jeep Tours

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Jeep Tours

Can anyone recommend a fun jeep tour of the desert? We are staying at the Hyatt Grand Champion resort at the beginning of April. We will have a rental car.

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There are handful of tour groups out there. I listed a couple below.

To be honest though, they are way overpriced and aside from getting to ride in a jeep/hummer and maybe a little local knowledge, the experience isn't anything you can't get on your own. If you take a look at what they offer, you will see that most of them take you into the Joshua Tree National Park. That on average will run you about $150 per person. If you go on your own though, it is only $15 per vehicle to get in to the park, and that is good for entry for a period of one week. You can get a guidemap at the visitor center for a $1 donation, and that can help you get around. So for a family of 4, it would cost you $600 with a tour guide. Or you can be adventurous and do it for $16. I'm all for taking tours sometimes, but this one seems to be a bit pricey for what you get.

If you do decide to go on your own, I would recommend entering via the West Entrance Station. From there, I would drive to either the Barker Dam or the Hidden Valley and do the hike there. Then drive to Cap Rock and do the short hike there. After that, drive down to Keys View and take in all the scenery. That should take you a good 2 hours or so, plus another 30-45 minutes to drive back out to the visitor center (which is about 1 hour+ from the Hyatt.

Here is a link for the Park. It has a ton of info....






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Thanks so much!! I think we will try and do the sightseeing on our own. My kids are not much for hiking - so as long as we see some beautiful scenery they will be happy.

It looks like from the Joshua Tree website, the area is pretty remote. Is there anywhere to get snacks, gas, or bathroom facilities??

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I think there is nothing beyond the visitor centers and two of the campgrounds which are at the edges of the park. Bring water and snacks and hit up the restrooms at the visitor center before you start out!


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