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Joshua Tree National Park Geology OHV Tour Road

MODERATE 52 reviews
#22 of 113 trails in

Joshua Tree National Park Geology OHV Tour Road is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 17.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,584 feet Route Type: Loop

mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving

ohv / off road driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

recorded Geology Tour First Time

off road driving
6 days ago

Fun

off road driving
20 days ago

Great beginner trail to drive off road and avoid the crowds. I had no problem driving in a Subaru Outback. Great for viewing the sunset and chilling.

off road driving
26 days ago

This is a grey beginners trail. I went there as a first time off road driver in a stock 4wd SUV. We made it ok since we had over 8.5 inches of ground clearance. However, you definitely do need over 8 inches of clearance and a really good 4wd system or a 4x4. It is really sandy. It starts out very mild and soon gets more serious. If you keep going the trail will take you on a u turn back to the midpoint or you can go left to Berdoo road which is a much more serious off road trail. All in all great off road trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I absolutely love this place!!! Such an amazing experience to be in the desert for a change. Loved the Joshua trees, lots of rocks easy enough to climb, and the wildlife. Definitely my newfound obsession.

off road driving
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Drove this on Saturday 6/22/19. Definitely need 4wd or high clearance to complete the loop. Really cool drive, lots of bunnies and cool rock formations.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Very nice scenic drive... Definitely need high clearance vehicle in some spots...

hiking
5 months ago

We took a Toyota RAV4 on this road, some spots were sketchy due to car not having great ground clearance but overall it was fun, lots of scenery

off road driving
5 months ago

"Not really off-roading...more like driving on a well-kept dirt road." <---true, but its a nice drive nonetheless. Lots of washboards haha and a nice entry-point to Berdoo!

off road driving
6 months ago

Tried to go today and it was closed.

scenic driving
8 months ago

Not really off-roading...more like driving on a well-kept dirt road.

off road driving
8 months ago

Can you ride quads on this trail?

off road driving
9 months ago

Real easy and short trail away from the crowds. Shouldn’t need 4x4 but check conditions, pick good lines, and be aware of where you stop/go. Some sandy sections but not deep at all. Whole lot of washboards in the beginning. Drove a 1500 Silverado through with no scratches, some shrubs got real close tho. M Trail might get over grown certain parts of the year so cautious. I would definitely come back and grill up some lunch here just to be away from the masses. There are backcountry camping areas and hiking trails on this trail as well.

off road driving
10 months ago

Did this in a stock 2018 Crosstrek the day after Thanksgiving and had no issues. Take it all with a grain of salt as rainfall and use will change conditions so be sure to stop at the visitor's center outside the park, ask a ranger about the road conditions, and pick up one of the tour pamphlets. It was a great day out there and the landscape was beautiful. We ended up spending our entire time in the park in this area because it was away from the crowds. It was a bit washboardy at the beginning and end but otherwise the trail was in reasonably good shape for us. Definitely would advise against rolling the dice with a sedan or low clearance SUV, though. And there's a bit of loose sand in spots, so 4 or AWD is definitely the way to go. So it was readily accessible to a soft-roader with good ground clearance like the Crosstrek. Just keep in mind that especially if you're not in a more purpose-built vehicle like a Wrangler, just be prepared and be comfortable with your vehicle. There's no cell service out there, and one of the great selling points of this area is you're not likely to see many other people, so if you break down or get stuck, it could be a while.

off road driving
10 months ago

Great easy trail, clearly marked, and a fun introduction to trail/off-road driving!!!

off road driving
Friday, September 28, 2018

Camped overnight to take pictures of the Perseids meteor shower and drove through on the way out of JT in the morning. Did the full loop; trail had bad wash-boarding/ really bumpy at the beginning for a quite a while. The trail was mostly sand and some loose rock. Views were nice and only saw one other car on the trail.

off road driving
Monday, August 20, 2018

Fun to drive, easy road, can be muddy and can be sandy.

off road driving
Saturday, June 23, 2018

The tour is beautiful! Snakes back through rock formations. I wouldn't advise anyone going not in 4x4, despite the other reviews. Digging yourself out of the sand would be a huge bummer in 105° weather. We did it in a factory 2018 Tacoma (9.4 inch lift). Two rock crawling sections, everything else was sand. Probably took us just short of 2 hours and was gorgeous. We did the Berdoo Canyon add on as well.

off road driving
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Drove this in a base model Discovery Sport with factory all season tires and did not need to take it out of highway mode. Saw no other cars. Maybe due to the 100 degree temperatures. Made sure to get the 2 page print out from the visitors centre. The marker posts are often difficult to spot.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Easy trail, have done this several times in a Sierra 2500 Z71, 3” lift and 33x10.5 Ko2s. Only time I have ever needed 4 high was when it had lightly rained the morning of, and at that i could have probably just picked a better line and got through it with rear locked but 4x4 was easier.

off road driving
Thursday, May 03, 2018

Great trail. Didn't need the 4 wheel drive. Not very crowded. Only saw a couple vehicles. Great views of rocks and was able to stop at a few and get out and walk around.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

nice views

off road driving
Monday, January 15, 2018

Easy trail out and back via a 4WD in the loop portion. 2WD would be ok if higher clearance vehicle. Family sedan would be too low for some rocky portions. Nice to get away from the crowds!

off road driving
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Geology road tour was in great condition. Some spots had washboard, but nothing terrible. Views were excellent, didn’t manage to grab a map with the description of the markers so we made up our own description. Next time will grab the map. I agree with the previous comments: The signs say 4 wheel drive only, but really it is not needed. Did this in a stock 14 Subaru Forester and had no issues.

off road driving
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet way to get away from the crowds. Trail is doable in a 2wd.

off road driving
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Can easily run this in a decent pick up or AWD Subaru. No flyers available but the scenery is gorgeous regardless. Took it to the trail head for Berdoo Canyon.

off road driving
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beautiful trail, perfect for exploring many unique landscapes in JTNP. The 4x4 section of the trail is quite easy, with a couple of potential sandy/muddy spots depending on the road's condition, but nothing that requires a huge amount of technical skill. TIP: Pick up the free guide at the Visitor Center so you can learn about the various geological landmarks along the route.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

bumpy and fun

off road driving
Friday, June 03, 2016

This is a fun little drive for anyone who wants to get off the main paved roads and away from the bigger crowds in Joshua Tree. I took my Jeep on this road and had an awesome time. Some of the number markers for the self-guided tour pamphlet were either hard to read or missing, but if you read the literature and pay attention to the landscape, you can figure out what they are talking about in the various places, and learn some cool things along the way. Fun drive, highly recommended :)

hiking
Monday, November 30, 2015

Geology Tour Road is an unpaved road in Joshua Tree National Park. Dogs are permitted on unpaved roads but not trails, so this is a great spot to take a dog.

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