The Joshua Tree Adventure! Tours from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree 2 Days / 1 Night
When you're looking for things to do in LA, don't limit yourself to Los Angeles. You deserve a mini-vacation! Our Joshua Tree Adventure is the perfect weekend getaway from Los Angeles. Explore the majestic Mojave desert, gaze up at millions of stars, and enjoy a delicious meal and campfire in one of the best national parks in the US. Read on for details!
Adventure Tour Highlights: • Gorgeous stargazing while you camp overnight in Joshua Tree • Check out abandoned mine sites and homesteads • Down-to-earth and passionate tour guides • Take in the vastness of 360° natural landscapes • Enjoy the ride in comfort with air conditioning • Snap awesome photos and share them with friends • Discover ever-changing desert art of this unique community • Climb around mountains of huge monzo-granite boulders • Enjoy beginner to moderate level hiking • Explore the majestic Mojave Desert • Experience historic and cultural sites along the way • Check out alien architecture with 'healing powers' • Go back in time at popular old western movie set • See cool stuff while on hikes: old pictographs, seasonal rock climbers
Day 1 - Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park
After picking everyone up in Los Angeles, we head towards Joshua Tree National Park, where we will be camping for the night. There are great bouldering/rock climbing opportunities here, a number of hikes to abandoned mining operations, and great stargazing. But this isn't where we'll be heading first . . .
Before we head into the park, we have a number of different options depending on what the season is and what fits best with the schedule for a particular trip. Read below for a couple of the possibilities.
If you want to make sure that your trip will visit certain sites, it's best to Contact Us to verify. Lunch is not provided on the first day, but we stop at some great restaurants, cost is generally about $10.
Noah Purifoy's "Environment of Sculptures"
Noah Purifoy's art installation near the park entrance is made primarily from reclaimed materials that were either purchased from a local landfill or gifted to Mr. Purifoy by local residents. Visitors are free to explore inside some the the art pieces and apply their own interpretations. Check out these links for more info: www.NoahPurifoy.com for pictures and Noah Purifoy Bio for the artists description of the site and his work.
The Integratron "The fusion of art, science and magic"
Built by George van Tassel, the Integratron is a parabolic dome constructed almost entirely of wood. Because of it's shape, sounds have interesting effects inside the dome; it was purportedly built to perform cell rejuvenation therapies shared with van Tassel by extra-terrestrials visiting from Venus . . . regardless of what you believe about it's origins, the Integratron is one of the most unique sites to see and experience in California, and possibly even the world. When it is operating, we will visit here for a 1 hour sound bath/relaxation session and then head into the park for some hiking and to set up camp. For a complete history of the Integratron, check out the official site: The Integratron.
Day 2 - Hiking in Joshua Tree and Hot Springs
On the second day of our desert excursion we wake up in Joshua Tree and make a quick, delicious breakfast before hitting the trails for a couple of short hikes. We'll pack our lunches before we break camp in the morning and you'll be able to eat your lunch on the trail, or in the car on the way to the hot springs. The hikes vary, but we generally stop to hike the highest point in the park (Mt. Ryan, about 2 hours round-trip) or visit an abandoned mine and settlement (about 45 minutes each).
Around mid-afternoon we'll arrive at the trail-head for our super secret hot spring and hike down about 1.5 miles to enjoy a soak until it's time to leave for Los Angeles. Relax in the car as we take you back to the pick-up point(s) where you'll arrive in time for dinner or a show at one of the many venues in LA.
What To Bring: • Water bottle • Hat / Sunscreen • Bag no larger than 60 L • Tennis shoes / Hiking shoes • Clothing appropriate for the season • Headlamp or flashlight • Travel towel, toothbrush, toiletries • Small travel pillow • Sleeping Bag (20° F / -5° C) *sleeping bag rental available
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