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Joshua Tree National Park: Self-Driving Audio Tour

4.4 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Joshua Tree National Park: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 14.99 per person

Explore the rugged beauty of a park where two deserts collide with a self-driving audio tour. Uncover the secrets of this harsh landscape and hear dramatic tales of the McHaney Gang, gold thieves, and the hardscrabble men and women who once lived here.

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Duration 4 hours
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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Joshua Tree National Park with a self-guided driving tour
  • Hear about the high stakes world of gold prospecting, cattle rustling, and double-crossing
  • Find all the best spots for hiking, bouldering, and stargazing in the park
  • Learn about the fascinating desert animals you might spot, like the roadrunner, coyote, and desert tortoise
Full description

Wander through Joshua Tree National Tree park and discover its hidden secrets with a self-driving audio tour. Learn about the park's history, curiosities, and nature as you follow the app's directions to see as much as you can of the park.

This self-guided driving tour begins at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and follows the park road through this one-of-a-kind national park. As you leave civilization behind, hear about the Cahuilla tribe who once called this place home, and get an introduction to Jim McHaney, who terrorized the townsfolk with his band of ruffians. Then see the eponymous Joshua trees themselves. Get the facts on why these funky plants look like they do, and what the early Mormon pioneers thought they meant. Continue on to a hiking trail that leads you to one of the park’s strangest sights, a bunch of rocks with cryptic spiritual inscriptions on them, left by an odd recluse almost 100 years ago. As you go through the park, learn about the wildlife you might spot, from the pint-sized roadrunner to the elusive bighorn sheep. Next, visit the popular Hidden Valley Nature Trail where the infamous McHaney Gang once kept their stolen cattle while waiting to sell them off. Move on to Intersection Rock, a climbing hub that towers over the surrounding desert. Afterward, head down into Lost Horse Valley and hear the dramatic tale of how it got its name. It’s a story involving horse theft, a risky move, and a tense encounter with the McHaney Gang. Keys Point awaits beyond this valley, the most popular vista point in the park, where visitors and locals alike flock to catch the sunset. Up next, swing by the ominous Skull Rock and get a chance to visit some old, abandoned mines in Queen Valley. Then head to an observatory that’s perfect for stargazing, and end up in the Oasis Visitor Center. Your self-guided tour concludes here, just outside Twentynine Palms.

Includes
  • Mission: Join us to explore the world and its stories. Let us start with this area.
  • Discover at your own pace using a mobile app.
  • Excellent value - buy only one app/car. It is not a “per person” bus ticket.
  • Private tour in your/rental car: No group. Listen together from car speakers.
  • An audio guide, map, and tour book - all in one app on your phone.
  • A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours.
  • Easy to use - auto-play based on your GPS location. Hands-free.
  • Live Offline GPS map- works without a cell signal. Gives stop-by-stop directions.
  • All-day support line: Call, Chat, or Email.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio.
  • Visit key & hidden points. Enrich your experience with historical images/videos/text.
  • Start when there is less crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch.
  • Valid for life - Listen to it before, during, and after the tour. Use it on multiple days.
  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks.
  • National Park/attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations.

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

• This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. • It begins at :- • Main Entrance (West): Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 Or • South Entrance: Cottonwood Visitor Center, Pinto Basin Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 Or • Northeast Entrance: Joshua Tree Cultural Center, 6533 Freedom Wy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 • Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. • These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. • Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Downloaded app
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide.
  • Buy only one tour for the car. No need to pay for each person.
  • Connect your phone to the car speakers and enjoy listening together.
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions.
  • Flexible Schedule: Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days.
  • Use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Private tour in your car. No crowds. Start/break/hike/stop anytime.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • It auto starts based on you reaching the starting point GPS.
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press.
  • Get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    5/5

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Very good and individual way to discover the Joshua Tree National Park. We were hoping to run the app on Android Auto so we had a few issues getting the tour up and running at first, but after that everything went smoothly and we were able to enjoy each stop. Gladly more of this kind of tour.

August 11, 2022

Directions on how to get app going was easy & we loved the narration + the stops were exactly where we wanted to go. One can do the driving tour same stops as your app because signs are well posted. However, the narration had many interesting facts the park does not. Thank you!

January 10, 2022

Since we only had an afternoon to visit Joshua Tree, the audio tour was a good way to get some insight into what we were seeing as we drove around.

January 12, 2023

Product ID: 400822