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.

DISTANCE
17.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1584 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

views

rocky

off road driving
50 minutes ago

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
10 days ago

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.

26 days ago

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
1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

nice views

off road driving
5 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
5 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
11 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 :)

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.

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

off road driving
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off road driving
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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