Joshua Tree Hikes

Joshua Tree Hiking Tips

In This Guide
  • Planning Your Joshua Tree Hiking Visit & Suggested Itineraries
  • Gear Tips For Joshua Tree
  • Understanding the Weather at Joshua Tree
  • Wildlife and Fauna Spotting

Planning a hiking trip to Joshua Tree National Park can be intimidating. There are a lot of trails and if you’re not familiar with the area, it can be confusing. This Joshua Tree hiking tips guide will arm you with everything you need to know to get some epic hikes when you’re staying at the park. You can see a list of all the Joshua Tree hike guides here.

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Tips For Planning Your Trip to Joshua Tree

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Be prepared for some dirt and sand roads to reach trailheads.

Check the Joshua Tree NP Alerts page before you plan anything. It will tell you about any closures or current conditions that might impact your hiking plans.

Suggested Itineraries for Joshua Tree

Weather Tips

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Oh yea, it snows here too. While not a regular occurrence, snow does happen and usually attracts big crowds out for Instagram fame and fortune.

NOAA forecast for Joshua Tree National Park is here.

Hiking Gear For Joshua Tree

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I highly recommend the National Geographic map of the park. It’s great to plan your trip and also great to have when hiking.

If you look on some maps of Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll see areas marked off as “wilderness.” Wilderness areas within federal lands are those set aside under the Wilderness Act to be (theoretically) untouched by human development, such as roads and visitor centers.

Wildlife & Plants When Hiking

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Everyone wants to see bighorn sheep. The park has tons of signs telling you that you’re in their territory, but they can be elusive. My best luck with spotting them has been sunrise near spots with water like the Lost Palms Oasis.

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