Joshua Tree National Park Geology Tour Road

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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

17.1 miles
1584 feet

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving



1 month ago

nice views

off road driving
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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
9 months ago

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 :)

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.

rock climbing
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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.

scenic driving
Monday, November 07, 2011

Cool drive. Road was in good shape too

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