Joshua Tree Camping, Hiking, and Climbing

Joshua Tree National Park is immense and infinitely variable. Here, two desert ecosystems converge: the dry Colorado and the wetter Mojave. Joshua Tree National Park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres, enough space to allow these two distinct ecosystems to thrive at different altitudes. “JTree” is a hiker's and climber's dream with its mild climate and interesting rock formations, plants, birds and wildlife.

Joshua Tree Camping & Hiking

We will depart Friday morning, arrive in the afternoon and set up our base in Indian Cove campground, where we will awake each morning to breakfast in the Wonderland of Rocks. During the evenings we can take short nature hikes, explore the unique geologic formations, listen to the sounds of the wild desert, and relax under the canopy of stars in the night sky. Each day we have the opportunity to trek nature walks and canyon oases, explore lost mines and old Western outlaw hideouts and summit the Park’s peaks under bright sun and blue sky, where bighorn sheep and golden eagles add an air of unconcerned majesty to the land. Adventure beckons from sites and trails with names like Skull Rock, Lost Horse Mine, Ryan Mountain, Hidden Valley. We may even -- weather permitting-- gaze over the Salton Sea to distant Mexico. Come join us for clear skies, clean air, and the peace, tranquility, and beauty that only deserts offer.

Fees include transportation, camping, permits, and all breakfasts and dinners while camping. You need to supply your own lunches, snacks, and personal gear.

Joshua Tree Climbing & Hiking

“JTree” is one of the most famous climbing areas in the world. Many climbers describe it as a climber’s playground or paradise. This relaxing setting coupled with the highly technical terrain will provide a valuable introduction into the life of a rock climber.

Joshua Tree is also a hiker's dream with its mild climate, interesting rock formations, and abundant wildlife. Come join us for an awesome 5-day trip to enjoy clear skies, clean air, and the peace and beauty that only deserts offer. You will get the equivalent of 2 full days of climbing, plus 2 days of trekking and exploring the backcountry trails in this world class National Park.  

Fees include transportation, camping, permits, and all breakfasts and dinners while camping. You need to supply your own lunches, snacks, and personal gear.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most famous climbing areas in the world. Countless rock formations border our drive down this breathtaking span of California coast. Many climbers describe it as a climber’s playground or paradise. Striking vertical features including domes, pockets, cracks, and overhangs call out to climbers of all skill levels. This extremely relaxing setting coupled with the highly technical terrain will provide a valuable introduction into the life of a rock climber. Toughen up your hands in the UCSB Adventure Climbing Center before you go. This is some sharp rock!

You will get the equivalent of 2 full days of climbing in this world class National Park. Transportation, breakfasts and dinners while camping, and all the necessary climbing gear are provided.

For more information on any of the above trips, please call us at (805) 893-3737 or email us at adventure@essr.ucsb.edu.
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