Four Days IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Spend four days exploring Joshua Tree National Park.
Hike, explore and stargaze among the Southwest’s most iconic flora
September 22- September 25
October 20-October 23
Learn about the unique ecosystem of the California Desert in Joshua Tree National Park as you hike through its iconic rugged rock formations, stark desert landscapes, and signature twisted trees. Spend hours marveling at the clear desert night sky – an oasis for stargazing. Take in the highlights including spectacular views from the summit of Mount Ryan, and the eight-mile Boy Scout Trail into the boulder-strewn Wonderland of Rocks.
Day 1: Your adventure begins in Los Angeles, where you’ll meet your guide and fellow travelers. After a quick greeting, you’ll load up and head out for a 2-3 hour drive to Joshua Tree National Park. There is time for a short walk to re-energize, before heading to your campsite to get set up. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a camp cooked dinner and your first opportunity to see the legendary night skies.
Meals: L, D
Day 2: After a delicious breakfast cooked over the fire, you’ll head out on a morning hike to the summit of Ryan Mountain. The hike is short, but steep, and affords beautiful views around the park. From the summit you are rewarded with impressive panoramic views: the perfect spot to get top-down view of the heart of the park. After a hearty lunch back down from the mountain, a gentle hike through wildflowers takes you to Lost Horse Mine: one of the best-preserved mines under National Park protection. Tonight, relax under another stunning night sky while enjoying a mouthwatering group meal.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: A big hike awaits today! Leaving right from camp, you’ll head out on the extraordinary Boy Scout Tree Trail: a showcase of the world’s best redwood scenery. The trail feels wonderfully remote and is one of the most pristine old-growth trails in existence. Depending on trail conditions and what you’re up for, you may hike all the way out to Willow Hole or explore the Wonderland of Rocks. Along the way, as you hike along the remote trails, take in views of the otherworldly trees, blooming wildflowers, and bizarre rock formations. A full day on the trail behind you, you’ll enjoy one final group dinner and your last chance to stargaze before tomorrow’s departure.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: After one last campfire breakfast feast, you’ll pack up and say farewell to the desert. You’ll have time for a few final photos and one last walk before heading back to Los Angeles.
Meals: B, L
- Daypack (20+ liters)
- Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional)
- Wool socks
- Breathable wicking layers
- Warm hat & sunhat
- Buff or neckscarf
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Pack cover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Insect repellant
- Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
- Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
- Quick-dry towel
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)
Joshua Tree is an all-year park but temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high and low of 85°F and 50°F. The Mojave Desert zone on the park’s western half is on average 11 degrees cooler than the Colorado.
Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 2500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks!
Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.
- Three nights camping in Joshua Tree National Park.
You will sleep in twin-share tents. For solo travelers looking for their own space, an optional private tent can be requested.
You will be flying into the Los Angeles Airport. You’ll want to pick a flight that arrives before 12 pm MST on the first day and departs after 2 pm on the final day.
Round trip transportation
Tent and sleeping pad rentals
Medically-trained, naturalist guide
Park entry fees
- Not Included
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (can be rented for an additional fee)