Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park
With an abundance of weathered igneous boulder outcroppings, Joshua Tree is one of the nation's top winter climbing destinations and offers a full menu of climbing experiences—from bouldering for beginners in the Wonderland of Rocks to multiple-pitch climbs at Echo Rock and Saddle Rock. The best-known climb in the park is Hidden Valley's Sports Challenge Rock. A map inside the Joshua Tree Guide shows locations of selected wilderness and nonwilderness climbs.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School. The school offers several programs, from one-day introductory classes to multiday programs for experienced climbers, and provides all needed equipment. Beginning classes ($150), offered year-round on most weekends, are limited to six people age eight or older. 760/366–4745 or 800/890–4745. www.joshuatreerockclimbing.com.
Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School. About 1,000 climbers each year learn the sport in Joshua Tree National Park through this school. Classes, offered September–May, meet at a designated location in the park, and all equipment is provided. A one-day class costs $145. 800/514–8785. www.verticaladventures.com.
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