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Joshua Tree National Park Tours near 29 Palms

Joshua Tree National Park has many interesting and beautiful places to see and many backcountry roads to explore, and offers many guided tours to enhance your experience.

The Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour is led by rangers and explores the historic Desert Queen Ranch complete with the ranch house, school house, store, workshop, orchard, and much of the equipment used during the 60 years the ranch was in use by the Keys family.

The Geology Motor Tour is a two-hour tour that explores some of the park’s most fascinating landscapes, and there are old mining districts and other sites to see in Joshua Tree National Park.

Geology Motor Tour

Website   •   15.7 Miles
LOCATION: Joshua Tree National Park (760) 367-5500

The Geology Motor Tour is an 18-mile tour leads through one of Joshua Tree National Park’s most fascinating landscapes. There are 16 stops along a dirt road and it takes approximately two hours to make the round trip. A descriptive brochure that highlights each stop is available at the beginning of the road.

Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour – The Desert Queen Ranch

Website   •   25.0 Miles
LOCATION: Joshua Tree National Park (760) 367-5500

Tour the historic Desert Queen Ranch, created and operated by Bill and Frances Keys for over 60 years. Hear the story of the years they lived and worked in this remote, rocky canyon, and view the still-standing ranch house, school house, store, and workshop. The orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story. The Ranch Listed as a National Historic Register Site and is located in Joshua Tree National Park. To preserve its historic character, admission to the ranch is restricted to guided walking tours. The tours are a half-mile in length and last 90 minutes. Group size is limited to 25 people. Reservations Tours fill quickly on weekends and holidays and reservations are recommended.

Backcountry Roads of Joshua Tree National Park

Website   •   23.6 Miles
LOCATION:Joshua Tree National Park (760) 367-5500

29 Palms Joshua Tree National Park

There are several backcountry roads in Joshua Tree National Park that are suitable only for mountain bikes and 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Read our list for more information about these roads, and visit the national parks web site to learn about desert safety and the rules that apply for your protection and that of the park. For more information in Twentynine Palms, visit the Oasis Visitors Center.

  • Berdoo Canyon Road • 23.6 mi
    Connecting the south end of Geology Tour Road with Dillon Road, this 4-wheel-drive road requires a high clearance vehicle. Berdoo Canyon Road exits the park after 11.5 miles (18.4 km). The last 3.9 miles (6.24 km) to Dillon Road winds past the ruins of the Berdoo Camp, which was established in the 1930s by the builders of the California Aquaduct.
  • Covington Flats • 24.1 mi
    The dirt roads in Covington Flats offer access to some of the park’s largest Joshua trees, junipers, and pinyon pines. From Covington Flats picnic area to Eureka Peak is 3.8 miles (6.2 km) one way. The dirt road is steep near the end, but the top offers views of Palm Springs, the surrounding mountains, and the Morongo Basin. Your trip will be 6.5 miles (10.5 km) longer if you ride or drive over to the backcountry board, a starting point for excellent hiking.
  • Queen Valley Roads • 25.0 mi
    A network of roads, totaling 13.4 miles (21.7 km), cross this valley of boulder piles and Joshua trees. A bike trip can begin at Hidden Valley or Big Horn Pass, opposite Geology Tour Road. Bike racks have been placed in this area so visitors can lock their bikes and go hiking.
  • Old Dale Road • 33.5 mi
    This 23-mile (37.3-km) road starts at the same point as Black Eagle Mine Road. The first 11 miles (17.8 km), cross Pinto Basin, a flat, sandy, dry-lake bed. Leaving the basin, the road climbs a steep hill, then crosses the park boundary. A number of side roads veer off toward old mines and residences. The main road leads to HWY 62, 15 miles (24.3 km) east of Twentynine Palms.
  • Black Eagle Mine Road • 37.4 mi
    Beginning 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north of Cottonwood Visitor Center, this dead-end dirt road runs along the edge of Pinto Basin, crosses several dry washes, and winds through canyons in the Eagle Mountains. The first nine miles (14.5 km) are within the park boundary. Beyond that point is Bureau of Land Management land and a number of side roads. Several old mines are located near these roads but may be too dangerous to approach.
  • Pinkham Canyon-Thermal Canyon Roads • 40.4 mi
    This challenging 20-mile (32.4-km) road begins just south of Cottonwood Visitor Center, travels along Smoke Tree Wash, then cuts down Pinkham Canyon, exiting onto a service road that connects to I10. Or you can pass Pinkham Canyon and continue on to Thermal Canyon Road. Sections of these roads run through soft sand and rocky flood plains. Drivers should be prepared and should not attempt travel on these roads without a high-clearance, 4-wheel-drive vehicle and emergency supplies.

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Guest Reviews

  • It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!

    It was so comfortable, I didn’t want to check out!

    I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel! I found this unique, quiet place through the online reviews, and I couldn't have been happier with my stay. I used Sunnyvale Garden as my home base while I hiked in Joshua Tree National Park for five days. I booked a junior suite, which was wonderful for a solo traveler. The full kitchen allowed me to have breakfast in my room as well as to pack a picnic lunch for my hikes inside the park. The bed was so comfortable and the room so quiet that I slept like a baby! Management was always available, and they were very friendly and responsive to my needs.

    I felt so at home and relaxed at this pretty, quaint hotel that I truly didn't want to check out and go home! If you're planning to visit Joshua Tree National Park but want a hot shower and a comfortable, spacious room just minutes from the park, this is definitely the place to stay. Kudos to the staff for their wonderful service, too. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Twentynine Palms!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Irvine, CA

  • Felt Welcomed

    Felt Welcomed

    Units are essentially small apartments complete with everything one would need to stay short or long term. They accomodated our dog. The interior decor could use some updating but the service and friendliness encountered overshadowed any drabness. Clean inside out.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Toronto

  • Enjoy something different.

    Enjoy something different.

    We loved staying here, not an assembly line motel but a place with personality. Don't expect elegant, do expect quirky and fun, and roomy, and convenient. Like the desert relics worked into the landscaping; like bedroom, dining area, kitchen, seating area, and a grill outside; close to Joshua Tree, just off the main street where the murals are. With a visiting roadrunner and quail in the bushes. Do check what supplies are actually there before shopping, and be careful of the oddly placed posts in the parking area but apart from that, if you're open to something a little different but still like having a home away from home - you'll love this place. (PS I originally wrote this review right after staying there - with pictures, but it never showed up so I'm submitting it again because the place was worth it.)

    Trip Advisor Guest, South Jersey

  • What a wonderful hotel!

    What a wonderful hotel!

    What a wonderful place to stay, a real home away from home. The kitchen allowed me to cook my own food, and the 2 bedroom suite made me feel like I was more in a nice condo then a hotel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Washington DC

  • It was pleasant and comfortable.

    It was pleasant and comfortable.

    The owner was very kind to us from the moment we arrived. He was personable and willing to do whatever was needed to make our stay better. The suites were like little houses. Everything was clean and comfortable. If you are in town to see Joshua Tree National Park, it is the perfect location... only a couple minutes drive away. I only wish we could have stayed for more than one night!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Delaware

  • This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.

    This is the best place to stay in 29 Palms, makes the desert desirable.

    I loved having a kitchen in the hotel so that we could save money on meals. It was a great place to relax on a budget. The staff is friendly and always available when you need them. It doesn't have a swimming pool, but it does have a hot tub.

    Trip Advisor Guest, St. Louis, MO

  • Wonderful play to stay!

    Wonderful play to stay!

    What a wonderful place to stay, I especially liked the look and feel of my suite. The grounds were very well maintained and the staff were extremely cordial, even offered to help with the luggage as I checked in, and were very accomodating to my unique needs.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Pablo

  • If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.

    If you want a hotel, this is not it but if you want a condo, nice.

    This was not what we expected but that was because I did not pay attention to description in AAA, which labeled it a condominium. If you are looking for a typical hotel or motel, this is not the place for you. It is really in a residential area and is a true condominium apartment. It has a full kitchen, living room, dining area, separate bedroom. It was handy for preparing breakfast and keeping our picnic items cool. The staff was nice. We had a problem getting heat but Tony was quick to respond and fix it. The shower was a bit strange. The grounds were nice. It was generally quiet. It is undergoing renovation and will probably become a real nice place to stay as long as it is what you are looking for and not a traditional motel.

    Trip Advisor Guest, Southern California

  • They treated us like family!

    They treated us like family!

    The owner (Tony) started working with us even before we arrived. He assured that we had more than a comfortable room, and that we have everything we need and some special requests for our extended stay. Luis, Steve, Mo, and the two new cleaning girls that started the last three weeks that we were here, treated us like family. The grounds are always very clean, the rooms are spotless, and the staff was always available within in minutes for anything we needed. Sunnyvale is a hidden treasure snuggled in a hidden cove away from the main streets of Twentynine Palms.

    There is no place in the area that could offer the combination of atmosphere, customer service, cleanliness, and decor that we got there. Now that we moved into a home in the area, everyone who comes to visit us will stay at Sunnyvale. We would like to thank Tony and Steve especially for going out of their way to give us some special requests that we needed during our extended stay from September 27 until December 4, 2009. We will miss the whole staff and they will receive an invitation to our housewarming when we get all settled. Thank you for the Precious Moments we had at Sunnyvale!!

    Trip Advisor Guest, 29 Palms

  • Lovely place, quiet, clean and different

    Lovely place, quiet, clean and different

    We stayed just for one night and were very pleased to find a place that is different from the usual cookie-cutter motels. We enjoyed the jacuzzi and had a restful sleep. The room was very clean and had a real kitchen and we are thinking of coming back for a family reunion because we liked the layout of the rooms, like small cabins in clusters with small alleyways separating them. For a surcharge we were also able to bring our dog. The location was also ideal, sort of tucked away from the highway. The only thing I would improve is the mattress of the folding bed.

    Trip Advisor Guest, San Francisco

  • Very comfortable and relaxing

    Very comfortable and relaxing

    We stayed at the hotel for a single night and had a very nice stay. The location is very quiet and very close to the 29 Palms entrance of Joshua Tree NP. We chose to stay there because of the good reviews and did not regret it. The gardens of the hotel are very nice and our room was very spacious. Would like to come again and stay a little longer!

    Trip Advisor Guest, Graz

  • Best Hotel in town, very friendly staff

    Best Hotel in town, very friendly staff

    Stayed here during a visit of the Joshua Tree National Park in December 2009. Very friendly staff, stay was uncomplicated. All rooms are unique and arranged as little bungalows. Perfect for a longer stay, During summer time you can use the grill outside of each room.

    Trip Advisor Guest, New York