Joshua Tree Autocamp Tour

Palm Springs, CA

Trip Highlights

  • Fantastic Winter Hiking
  • Surreal Monzogranite Formations
  • Sweeping Vistas
  • The Paranormal Wonderland of Rocks
  • Unique Lodging
  • Desert Oasis
  • Desert Wildlife Including Possible Big Horn Sheep
  • Fascinating Natural & Cultural History

Description

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On this very unique tour of Joshua Tree National Park, we explore the area on a series of hikes by day and enjoy fantastically unique lodging in the evenings. Joshua Tree Autocamp is a luxury lodge with chic, modernized, individual Airstream trailers for each party. You will enjoy the highlights of Joshua Tree along with a very comfortable, modern hotel experience that combines the best of camping and lodging in one experience (campfires, star-lit skies, showers, real beds, and privacy all in one!)

By visiting Joshua Tree in the wonderful winter months, we’ll enjoy relative seclusion and calm in what is quickly becoming one of America’s top national parks. We’ll maximize our time with fulfilling hikes by day to a variety of Joshua Tree must-see features like desert oases and soaring desert summits. Billion-year-old monzogranite intrusions bloom above the surrounding desert, and expansive Joshua Tree “forests” blanket broad valleys. In the mornings and evenings, it feels more like a savannah than a desert, with the bizarre looking Joshua Trees (a member of the Yucca family) framing the horizon at the very edge of the Mojave desert.


NEED TO KNOW: WINTER TRIPS

If you want to get out hiking this winter, Joshua Tree is a great place to do it! Winter temperatures in the Mojave Desert are wonderful for hiking and enjoying being outdoors and surrounded by vast wilderness. Joshua Tree is one of our top recommended winter hiking destinations at Wildland.

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4 Days
$2770 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Fall Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 21+MI / 34+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-10 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1500 feet day hiking
Most Elevation Gain:
1500 feet day hiking
Quality of Trails:
Well maintained
Additional:
This trip follows well-maintained, established trails.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with occasional breaks

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Joshua Tree tour a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

TRAVEL TO Palm Springs

This tour originates in Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs International Airport is very convenient to fly into, and is serviced by multiple, major airlines.

PRIVATE TRIPS

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle from Palm Springs: 75 minute drive
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,200 feet

Our four-day Joshua Tree Autocamp Tour begins with your morning hotel pickup in Palm Springs. Leaving the bustle of the city behind, we’ll enter the other-worldly landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. At times driving past the “forests” of Joshua Trees can feel more like the African savannah than the Mojave Desert.

Our hike today is to the summit of Ryan Mountain. At first wrapping our way around its base, we’ll then ascend as piles of boulders shrink below us, becoming like distant drip sand castles. The stunning 360-degree summit vista is reminiscent of something Salvador Dali might have painted – granite rock piles seem to melt into the surrounding plateau while otherworldly Joshua trees spread out in the broad valley bottoms, forking and sprouting at odd angles. Having finished our first hike, we’ll descend victoriously back to the trailhead for a 30-minute shuttle to our accommodations.

After cleaning up, we’ll reconvene for a delicious first dinner together.

Day 2

  • Drive Time: 60 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 7-10 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000 feet

Today we’ll rise with the sun to share in a wonderful breakfast. Our first stop will be at the charmingly unique Teddy Bear Cholla Garden, where we’ll stroll among a family of deceptively inviting cacti. Dropping down through an ecological transition zone where the lower Colorado Sonoran Desert meets the Mojave, we’ll make our way to our main hike for the day: The Lost Palms Oasis.

Sustained by water seeping up through fault lines, five oases can be found within Joshua Tree National Park. Today we’ll visit two! Beginning at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, former home to the Cahuilla Indians, we’ll meander our way over arroyos dotted with ocotillo and through sandy smoketree washes to reach at last the largest group of California Fan Palms in the park. After a delicious lunch in this remote desert oasis, we’ll wind our way back to the trailhead, soaking in views to the south of California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea.

Day 3

  • Drive Time: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 5-10 miles
  • Elevation Change: 600+ feet

Perhaps already awakened by a dawn song of coyotes, you may decide to indulge yourself in rising just before breakfast today. Soaking in the sight of the desert mountains silhouetted against the break of day, or enjoying a walk around the Autocamp property to greet the morning is an experience you’ll not soon forget.

Our first hike today will loop us through Barker Dam. This valley is rich with petroglyphs, bouldering problems and tall tales from the days of gold mining and cattlemen, as well as lush with plant life thanks to the precious reservoir of water.

We’ll then embark on a journey into another portion of the famed Wonderland of Rocks: The Maze. This trail will weave us through a jungle of spires, granite monoliths and delusionary rock formations, opening up to tantalize us with breathtaking views of the National Park. Returning back to Autocamp, we’ll enjoy one last evening of fine dining, good company, and a campfire beneath the desert sky.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 4+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet
  • Shuttle to Las Vegas: 4 hours

Upon filling our bellies with another tasty spread of breakfast and hot drinks, we’ll check out of our accommodations and head off for one last day of exploration.

We’ll begin our excursion in Hidden Valley, a favorite destination for climbers and hikers alike. Long valued for its diverse flora and protection from the elements, this microcosm is a historically significant ecological haven. We’ll then make our way into a new portion of the park where, conditions permitting, we’ll scramble through one or more of Indian Cove’s finest remote hollows.

After soaking in the astounding landscape and enjoying one last scrumptious lunch together, we’ll bid farewell to any of our group members departing directly from the Park. We’ll then embark on the scenic drive back to Palm Springs and return you to your hotel for an evening of relaxation and much-deserved showers.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 nights of lodging
  • Use of trekking poles and a backpack
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Joshua Tree hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Palm Springs to Joshua Tree and back
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This Joshua Tree hiking tour features a combination of restaurant meals and meals prepared by your guide.

Your guide will prepare some breakfasts and all lunches for the trip. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You’ll meet your hiking guide and group in Palm Springs, CA the morning the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate pick-up.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 6 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Shifts

The guide(s) for this trip work daily shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. During off hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) the guides’ time is their own, and they are free to sleep, rest, take personal time, postpone guest requests until the next morning, and any other legal, reasonable activity people engage in when not working. We ask all guests to respect the guides’ off-duty hours by not waking or asking anything of them unless there is a true emergency. Also, state law requires that employees receive an uninterrupted 10 minute break every four working hours, so guides are required to take four 10 minute breaks between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park is a desert environment, and an exceptional winter destination. See below for average summer temperatures in Joshua Tree:
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

MonthHighLow
November69°41°
December60°35°
January62°37°
February64°39°
March71°
42°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Autocamp Joshua Tree

3 NIGHTS

Autocamp’s wonderfully unique lodging experience features deluxe Airstreams with spa-inspired bathrooms and chic interiors. Each unit has a private patio and campfire area. The Autocamp Joshua Tree clubhouse is a modern facility with public areas to relax, catch up on emails or enjoy food and drinks.

*These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used

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