Best Off Road Trails In Joshua Tree National Park

We had a fun time hiking and picture taking in the early morning, and then it was time to find the best off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park. With a camera in each hand, we buckled up and tried to hold the steering wheel for our adventure on the best off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park.

 

The Geology Tour Road

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The Geology Tour Road is the beginning to the most popular off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park. The road itself isn’t too bad for the first portion, especially because some of its paved. Our main goal was to see how far we could get on the Geology Tour Road, and then make it back to the campground for sunset!

In the valleys, there aren’t nearly as many Joshua trees as expected. But the rest of the park has plenty enough to carry the namesake.

When you’re all alone on the best off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park, you can’t help but feel like your in the middle of nowhere. We took plenty of photos and enjoyed the scenic drive along each of the best off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park.

We began driving through the Bernardino Mountains and the landscape and the off road conditions gradually changed. As the off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park began to get rocky and bumpy, we took our time to ensure that we didn’t damage our vehicle or pop a tire.

Further along the off road trail, we crossed paths with an off road tour group that was fully equipped with high clearance suspension and extremely oversized rock crawling tires. The tour guide told us that the road ahead was much worse and wanted to give us fair warning.

We drove a bit further and took and glance and the off road conditions. The road was passable, but we decided to play it safe. This is where we turned around and headed back into the park.

 

The Best Off Road Trails In Joshua Tree National Park

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Geology Tour Road is the most noteworthy of the off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park. In addition, many of the off road trails begin from the Geology Tour Road. This is an easy dirt road that most vehicles can drive along.

Of course, drive within your limitations and follow the tips for off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Use this downloadable map to help familiarize yourself with the area.

 

  • Berdoo Canyon Trail (Moderate)
  • Black Eagle Mine (Easy)
  • Brooklyn Mine Road (Hard)
  • Covington Flat (Moderate)
  • Geology Tour Road (Easy)
  • Old Dale Road (Moderate)
  • Pinkham Canyon Road (Moderate)
  • Queen Valley Roads (Easy)

 

Tips For The Off Road Trails In Joshua Tree National Park

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Most obvious tips for the off road trails in Joshua Tree national Park is to drive within your limitations. Don’t exceed the boundaries of your comfort zone or the capabilities of your vehicle.

  • Vehicles: If you want to off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park, it is recommended to have a high-clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle. We drove a Jeep Wrangler Sport with all-terrain tires, so we felt fairly safe on the moderate off road trails.
  • Parking: There is plenty of parking throughout Joshua Tree National Park. If you are looking to head out on the Geology Tour Road and want to leave a non off road vehicle behind, consider leaving it behind at the trail entrance. There is a sizable parking lot with a restroom.
  • Plan your visit: Be your own guide in Joshua Tree National Park with this online map of the entire park online or you can get a more detailed map here. A sense of direction is one of the best tips for off road trails in Joshua Tree National Park.

 

What’s your favorite off road trail in Joshua Tree?

Share your trail journey with us!

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20 Comments
  1. Oh my gosh, earlier this summer we did an off-road trail. But we did it in a mini-van which was not ideal. Luckily it was only a two mile off road trail and the end was worth it. My oldest even started getting car sick because it was so bumpy.

    1. Haha great share Stephanie. Not quite sure a mini van is the best off road vehicle, but I’m glad that you survived to share the experience with us 😉 Geology Tour Road isnt really that rough, and could possible be done in a mini van if you drive really slow over the bumps, but watch out for the sand patches 🙂

  2. This looks like a really cool adventure! I have never been to Joshua Tree national Park, but would love to visit some day soon.

    1. When traveling in California, Joshua Tree is a great destination to visit. It’s relatively small national park, but it is jam packed with exhibits to visit and sights to see.

    1. Minis are a blast to drive, but we really enjoy or Jeep Wrangler these days. It is also a fun car to drive and we get to easy drive on off road trails like this 😉

  3. It’s a little bit wild yet a wonderful place for off road trails in this national park. I think kids will enjoy it the most.

  4. This is the first time I have heard of Joshua Tree National Park. I bet in the sunset you can see and take a pictures of amazing sunsets. I love that this Park gives you an options for off road difficulties.

    1. Yes sunset time is amazing all throughout Joshua Tree! We especially love Keys View for the sunset! But the entire park is a fascinating place to visit.

  5. Joshua Tree is one national park I haven’t been to yet. I love to visit as many parks as I can! 🙂

  6. These off road trails look so amazing! I need to add Joshua Tree to my travel bucket list. My husband would love to go here.

  7. Looks like such a fun yet peaceful time! I heard so many wonderful things about Joshua Tree National Park! Happy to hear that you had a blast 🙂

  8. What an amazing trip you had to Joshua Tree! Always the best part is off road trails and exploring new areas! I love your pictures!

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