By Robin Bigge I Photographer & Meme Connoisseur
Joshua Tree is a playground for all ages. (I can attest, I've been going since I was 5!)
With amazing hiking, world class rock climbing, and plenty of campsites, Joshua Tree is perfect for everyone. Chances are you might have already been, but if you haven’t (or haven’t had a chance to see the entire park and all it has to offer) here’s some tips for getting the most out of visiting!
There's always going to be a big debate on which campsite is best, so I’m just going to give you my opinion from the places I’ve stayed. By far, my favorite two spots to stay are Hidden Valley Campground and Indian Cove Campground. Hidden Valley isn't reservation-based (first come, first serve) but it's one of the most central campsites in the park and absolutely surrounded by iconic rocks and trees. Indian Cove is closer to the 29 Palms entrance, and is available to reserve ahead of time. It's also surrounded by plenty of rock mounds but you have the added benefit of some isolation - there's not going to be a huge amount of people around you (except maybe during the peak times).
Try rock climbing!
Joshua Tree is world renown for its rock climbing! Whether you're a novice or expert, Joshua Tree has everything a climber could ever want. If you're new to the sport, no worries! Joshua Tree has several tours that teach you how, like Cliffhanger Guides. It's a growing (and addictive) sport with indoor gyms everywhere, so if you ever were inclined to try, do it!
Peak times for Joshua Tree are February - May and October - December so if you’re planning to go, think ahead and reserve! The earlier the better. And don't forget to check which days are Free Entrance Days not just for Joshua Tree - but all participating parks!
Bring plenty of water and warm clothes
Joshua Tree is deceptive. If you’re not going in the summer, it gets cold! Often times it’s not just how cold it is, but how windy it is which just adds to the chilliness. If you're making the trek during summer, make sure to bring plenty of water. Temps can easily break into triple digits so if you forgot, be sure to stock up in the towns outside the entrances! 29 Palms usually has everything you need.