The Joshua Tree park is a mecca for rock climbers and boulderers, so it is understandable that rock climbing is the first thing that will come to people’s minds when the place is mentioned. However, not everybody is physically fit enough for climbing. In these cases, a good alternative will to try going on Joshua Tree walking tours instead.
The park definitely has a lot more to offer outside of rock climbing. It is home to a variety of animals and plants and is visited by more than 2 million people per year. The 1,238 square mile park is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week and its unique climate make it accessible even during winter. If you ever plan on going on any of the Joshua Tree walking tours, here are some tips that will maximize your enjoyment:
Participants of Joshua Tree Walking Tours Should Get the Lay of the Land
The park is VERY big and there is a tendency to miss out on the best parts if you go in blind. In order to get an idea of where you should go during your visit, you can check out three visitor centers that are open all year round:
- The Joshua Tree Visitor Center – located within the village of Joshua Tree (northwest)
- The Cottonwood Visitor Center – found in Cottonwood Spring (south)
- The Oasis Visitor Center – situated in Twentynine Palms (north)
Aside from the visitor centers above, there is also the Black Rock Nature Center found at the Black Rock Campground (northwest), which is open from October through May.
Visit the Cholla Cactus Garden
This garden is one of the highlights of the place, and is the place to visit if you want to see what the Cholla Cactus looks like. You can easily access this place via the quarter-mile loop trail found 20 miles north of the Cottonwood Visitor Center. The loop trail is also a great “home base” that you can use to access different parts of the park.
Bring a Lot of Water Before Going on Joshua Tree Walking Tours
It should be repeated often as a warning – you will not find any water source when you go hiking or camping. So make sure you bring enough potable water as well as a little bit extra, just to be on the safe side. There are refilling stations at the centers, so make sure you stop by before heading out on Joshua Tree Walking Tours.
Get a Guide
If you really need to try some of the more risky aspects of visiting the Joshua Tree, such as rock climbing, you need to take precautions and ensure your safety. The best way to go about this is by contacting Uprising Adventure Guides and hiring one of our expert guides to accompany you.