Joshua Tree National Park Geology Tour Road is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
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.
bumpy and fun
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 :)
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.
The road was a little bumpy this year. We rode in a small compact car, so it wasn't very fun. However, you get a great view of the valley. Lots of cool rocks to boulder as well. If you want to go bouldering, the geology tour is a great place to go. The boulders go really high.
Cool drive. Road was in good shape too