There are hundreds of things to do in Joshua Tree - both
inside the Park and out. For those seeking high adventure,
rock climbing and or horseback riding are of course the top choice for
the athletically inclined.. Hiking is the next level down of the
adventure scale and the park offers many beautiful places to seek
adventure. Finally, there are a host of wonderful places that can
be accessed by driving. Below are some recommended activities when
visiting the park.
Valley The "hidden valley area" is composed the
Hidden Valley Campground, Intersection Rock and the Real Hidden
Valley. A visit to this area is in the author's opinion the
best introduction to the Park. The hidden valley area is
reached by driving up Park Blvd from Joshua Tree. You will
pass the Joshua Tree Ranch, pass the park's west entrance, and about
20 minutes later, you will see the Intersection Rock Parking lot on
the left. . We suggest you park
you car at the Intersection Rock Parking Area and look around at the
rock climbers and get yourself oriented to the area. The most popular hike
in the Area is the 0.5 mile walk to Real Hidden Valley (park at the
"real hidden valley" parking lot) but the most interesting hike is
the 0.5 miles Chasm but this is a "super local only secret spot"
that is more like spelunking than hiking. Good luck finding
Desert Queen Ranch Tour The National Park Service offers guided
tours of the Desert Queen Ranch, an historic miners and cattlemen's
ranch inside the National Park. The tour requires reservations
and the not at super convenient hours but definitely a great service
provided by the park. Many of us have been on the turn
multiple times. It is great. Call the National Park for more
|Drive to Key's
View & Eureka Peak. Key's View is arguably the
best know view inside the the park and is easily accessible from the
park's west entrance and the "hidden valley area". However, we also suggest Eureka
Peak - it is not so easy to find but offers an extremely memorable
drive and view - a 2 hour round trip from
JT. Other fund destination drives are Cap Rock and Jumbo
|The "I See Dead People"
Hike a.k.a. Celebrity Death March. This obscure hike was invented by local Wally Barker
and Mark Jones back in 2000 just before Mark died of leukemia.
Anyway, there are all kinds of famous people who were either
are/were buried, cremated, killed or crash their airplane here.
list is musicians, miners, and outlaws includes Johnny Lang, Graham Parson, Worth Bagley,
Frank James. The search for these secret places is fun and is a
good way to learn the colorful history of the region which ranges
from gold rush era to cattle rustling to wild west shootout to
controversial pardons by the governor of the State of California to
bodies being snatched from the LAX.