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Joshua Tree Question

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Joshua Tree Question

Hi, I will be visiting Joshua Tree park later this month. I'm wondering if a 4x4 vehicle is necessary or if a regular car is okay. Thanks

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A regular car will take you just about anywhere you'll want to go.

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There's some nice four wheeling available outside the fringes of the park.

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It really depends on what you want to do while you are visiting Joshua Tree. It is INCREDIABLE and I would suggest getting out of your car and going for a hike. In my opinion 80% of the park is fine with a car rental no need to get a 4x4. You could go on a jeep tour I bet that would be a blast . We loves it and was so impressed with the beauty of it all. Enjoy you will love it!!!

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The Park has nicely paved roads for visiting both the High Desert and the Low Desert. You can drive on the paved routes or take side ventures off on many different dirt roads (only if there are approved signs for vehicles of course). We've done that in non 4x4 vehicles, but it has a higher clearance. I prefer coming in at the North entrance station (which is just east of 29 Palms).

From there you can loop down and then back west -- if you don't have a lot of time exit back out of the park in through the West entrance (make the drive down and up to Keys View though if you can, very nice lookout over the valley). This part of the park has the most Joshua trees and interesting rocks and geology formations. Plenty of side trails (pretty much unpaved but desert sand and gravelly) near parking areas, too, for exploring.

If you have a lot more time, you can drive south all the way trhough the lower desert to the exit of the park that is on I-10. You'll see drastic changes in the ecology of the two desert systems of the park. If the flowers were only blooming, it can be spectacular.

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