Joshua Tree National Park: Self-Driving Audio Tour

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15 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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  • 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.

  • Self-guided tour taken via Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map.
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 15 reviews

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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

Sehr gute und individuelle Möglichkeit, den Joshua Tree Nationalpark zu entdecken. Wir haben gehofft, die App per Android Auto betreiben zu können, daher hatten wir zu Beginn ein paar Probleme, die Tour zum Laufen zu bekommen, aber anschließend lief alles einwandfrei und wir konnten die einzelnen Stationen genießen. Gerne mehr von dieser Art Tour.

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August 11, 2022


The tour is very nice and the short clips give you additional information about the park and the sights. Everything worked smoothly and was definitely worth it, so as not to jet aimlessly through the park. We had lots of fun. Be sure to use the offline function!

May 30, 2022

Product ID: 400822