Joshua Tree National Park Climbing Ethics and Practices

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Rock climbing on the Joshua Tree is one of the most rewarding and liberating experiences an individual can have, but it helps to keep in mind that the world does not revolve around a single person. To keep everyone safe, content, and happy with the Jtree experience, there are Joshua Tree National Park Climbing ethics and practices that must be followed.

Things to Keep in Mind While Joshua Tree National Park Climbing

The things that make up this  list is not strictly enforced, but experienced climbers, campers, and hikers follow them and the if you want to make the most out of your climb, you would do well to follow suit.

Don’t Be Greedy with the Crag

There are many other non-climbers in the area, so you need to be considerate and polite when it comes to the crags. Don’t hog them all to yourself, because many of these crags also serve as public parks. New climbers will need to understand and learn the relationship between local climbers and the municipal government. If you create any trouble on the crag, you could ruin the fun for everyone as that will require the municipal government to step in and limit access.

Don’t Play Loud Music at the Crag

  • Not everybody shares your taste in music
  • Some people enjoy peace and quiet
  • Loud music could ruin other people’s focus and cause accidents

Basically, if you really need to play music for any reason, use headphones. It is bad form to force your music onto other people at the Joshua Tree.

Hold Off on the Drones

If the crag is completely entry, feel free to launch your drones but if there are other people around, keep them grounded. Drones are difficult to control and loud. They can inconvenience other climbers and could even cause accidents.

Observe and Follow the Queue

Joshua Tree National Park climbing is a very popular activity, so you can pretty much expect there to be lots of people at any given time. Be respectful to others and don’t jump queues. Wait until no one else is waiting to climb if you are projecting a route. If there is a line above your level, avoid hangdogging. Let someone else go and try again later.


Don’t bring any alcohol. There may be children around, and you are actually putting yourself in danger if you climb while intoxicated. Plus, you’re going to inconvenience all the people who will have to rescue you.  And on that subject, it is safe to say that you shouldn’t bring any illegal substances.

Leave No Trace

This is actually a common principle followed by people who enjoy the outdoors. Don’t litter the environment. Leave everything as you fount them, or at least cleaner.

Get a Joshua Tree National Park Climbing Guide if You Need One

Nobody starts out as an expert. If this is your first time on the Jtree, it may help if you have an experienced climber tagging along. Contact Uprising Adventure Guides and we’ll set you up with one of our expert climbing guides.