1 Day Hiking Guide Joshua Tree National Park
We were on the back to Arizona from California and I wanted to make it a point to stop at Joshua Tree National Park. I have heard nothing of great things about this park from everyone that talks about it. So, it was on my list of things to check out this year.
I only had 1/2 day allotted to see Joshua Tree – so I was very selective of what stops I wanted to see. We headed to the park on a Sunday around 1PM and headed straight for the Jumbo Rocks Campground area, which was a couple miles down on the main road – Park Blvd.
From the moment we entered you start seeing all these beautiful Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Trees) everywhere. It was breathtaking.
The Jumbo Rocks campground was extremely clean – even given the recent news less than a month ago regarding the United States government shutdown. We hit the trail and started immediately trying to climb up these Jumbo Rocks. It was so much fun even in the cold to get out and climb these real cool rock formations. The consistency of the rocks was grainy and easy to grip onto so I didn’t feel like I was going to slip or fall. My husband even let the boys attempt to hike up some of the bigger rocks with him which was great to see. It makes me heart so happy to watch them adapt and love playing outside. The trails at Jumbo Rocks Campground were very family friendly. I would say – the climbing of the rocks I wouldn’t let the kids do alone, we did it only as long as we had a hold of each boy the entire time. The rocks are high and if anyone fall you would seriously hurt and injury yourself.
Here is some additional information on the park that I thought I would share:
- Park Entry fee is $8 per car
- If you show a US Military CAC ID the entry fee is waived
- There is a RoadRunner Shuttle bust that travels throughout the park taking you to different areas of the park. Although, we didn’t take advantage of this service I think it is fantastic for those that are in the park longer than ½ day. Plus it is FREE
Hiking and Safety Tips for visiting Joshua Tree National Park
- Review the hiking trails and park information on the official Joshua Tree National Park site to review any updates or closures that have been communicated with the public.
- Bring plenty of food and water –There isn’t any food available in the park or easy to access outside of the park so be sure to come prepared with plenty of food, high protein snacks and water. I would bring at least 1 gallon per person per day to be on the safe side.
- Sun Protection/Coverage — We happened to visit in the Winter – it was cold and windy. I am convinced this is not typical weather here out in Joshua Tree. I kept taking note of the lack of shade coverage on the various trails that we decided to try out. Make sure to always come prepared with sunscreen, sun hats, and weather to protect your skin.