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Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

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icon3 to 4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park can be a bit intimidating to take on all on your own; however, this Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour lets you explore the park in your own vehicle while navigating the area with a tour that leads the way. Just download the app on your smartphone, launch the app when you get the park, and follow the recommended route and speed limit.
  • Tour Joshua Tree National Park from the comfort of your own car
  • No time limit to use this tour within—it’s available until you’re ready to go
  • This tour helps you navigate the national park to see its highlights
  • Independently tour Palm Springs, too, with an added bonus tour
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Flexible Planning
Works Offline
Live GPS Map
Audios, Images, and Text
Family-friendly
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  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center , 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA

    After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.

  • Cottonwood Visitor Center , Pinto Basin Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
  • 74485 National Park Dr , 74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
  • Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
    7/27/2020 - 6/10/2023
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
    • After booking the tour, please make sure that you have downloaded the app and the tour in advance. For the best experience, we advise doing this while you have a strong internet connection.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is not an entrance ticket. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY 17 Mile Day Trips
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    Once I book the tour, can I change the travel date?
    A:Yes, though you don’t need to worry about changing the Travel Date if your plans change because the tour is valid forever. You get access to the tour from the moment you book, regardless of when you actually plan to travel.
    Nov 2021
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Joshua Tree National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour.

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    • "We set it up prior to going to the park as there is limited wi-fi near and in the park." See review

    Reviews

    4.5
    star-4.5
    204 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

    Showing 1-10 of 204 reviews
    star-5
    Listen and make the Park come alive!
    Bruce_T
    , May 2022
    The cactus “teddy bears” were a wonderful surprise. We enjoyed the narration at the various rock formations. Also, the stories of the Mcaughney gang made the park really come to life!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks so much Bruce! Those horse-smuggling stories are some of my favorites too. I'm so glad my tour added so much fun to your Joshua Tree experience! I hope you have the chance to try some of my other tours as well during your future travels — I’ve covered a lot of national parks and historical sites.
    star-4
    Fun and informative
    Lisa_H
    , May 2022
    The history and stories that went along with the drive were interesting. We were not prepared to hike so weren’t able to capitalize on the trails but overall it was a nice adventure.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you very much Lisa! I'm so glad you had a good time, and I'm so happy my tour helped make your Joshua Tree drive memorable. I also have self-guided tours covering beautiful destinations all over the country — hope you get the chance to try those next!
    star-5
    Great Addition to our trip!
    Jennifer_L
    , May 2022
    The narration provided the details needed to truly appreciate Joshua Tree. It was great to be able to self-pace and hit the spots we were most interested in.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks so much Jennifer! I'm thrilled to hear you liked my tour of Joshua Tree. I also have self-guided tours for other parks as well as scenic drives, cities, and historic sites — hopefully you’ll get the chance to try them next time! Thanks again!
    star-5
    Joshua Tree
    Hilary_P
    , May 2022
    Excellent value for money. Very informative and easy to use. would thoroughly recommend to anyone happy to take their time and pick where they want to go.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks, Hilary! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the tour and found it so easy to use. Thanks a ton for the recommendation! Hope you get the chance to try out my other tours in the future.
    star-5
    Majestic.
    Earl_M
    , Apr 2022
    The openness of the dessert was amazing. The sheer number of Joshua trees was absolutely spectacular. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who visits.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks, Earl! Joshua Tree is absolutely a stunning place to see and experience, and I'm delighted my tour had such a positive impact on your visit! I also have more tours across the country, which I hope you’ll check out on your next adventure.
    star-4
    Joshua Tree outing
    Christine_M
    , Apr 2022
    The background stories were interesting. The hikes were better when you knew a bit of the backstory Downside: The app itself had hiccups and was frustrating to use at times
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    I’m glad you enjoyed the park and history! I’d love to know exactly what hiccups you faced: please call, chat, or email your feedback at any time.
    star-5
    It was a very hot day and...
    Melissa_S
    , Apr 2022
    It was a very hot day and the tour provided info while stayed in the car. Very convenient and well done.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thanks for the wonderful review! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed exploring Joshua Tree National Park with my tour. If you enjoyed the self-guided experience, I have more self-guided tours across the country. Thanks again!
    star-5
    Joshua Tree in one day!
    Rebecca_P
    , Apr 2022
    Hike at Hidden Valley was wonderful. The audio guide made it easy to get there without a lot of maps. The narrative added to the experience so that we could enjoy the scenery as we learned about the area.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you so much!! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Joshua Tree with our tour! It’s definitely an incredible park with some unique scenery.
    star-5
    highly recommended touri
    Mae_O
    , Apr 2022
    Thanks Viator! The audio tour is our personal tour guide and without it we wouldn’t know where the highlights were. We stopped and took as many pictures n when u get back on the road , the tour resumes. We enjoyed and we learned a lot about the histoy of JT. Very affordable and it’s worth it.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks so much! I hope we made your Joshua Tree visit special, and that you try out our other self-guided audio tours on your future travels!
    star-5
    Enriching Automated Storyteller
    Erica_T
    , Apr 2022
    I loved being able to have the audio guide navigate and tell me stories about each exhibit along the way. This would be perfect for anybody that is driving into the park solo to a group of multigenerational families.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    That was my goal!! I’m so glad you feel that everyone could enjoy this tour, from solo travelers to couples to large family groups. Hope you get the chance to try out some of my other tours on your future travels!
    star-5
    Super helpful for self-touring!
    Stephen_K
    , Apr 2022
    Wonderful way to tour the park via car. My only suggestion is that the app should be smart enough to know what you've already passed by and skip the audio clues for those stops. For example, there is an out-and-back road to Key Vista ... on the way out you get really informative information about various points along the way. But on the way back you get them *again*, when they're not particularly helpful anymore (and the directions are backwards - it would tell you to turn left when you should turn right if you're on the way back, etc.). Other than that, super helpful and very much worth the money!
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thanks so much! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the tour! That Keys stop shouldn’t have replayed at all, so I’ll check on that ASAP. Thanks again!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Helped to cover entire...
    Sundarapandian_S
    , Apr 2022
    Helped to cover entire park with complete information. Map integration was really helpful. Wonderful Experience. I will suggest to my friends
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    That’s awesome! Thanks so much, and I’m really thrilled that our tour added so much value to your trip. Hope you get to try out some of our other tours on your future travels!
    star-5
    Great audio tour - well worth it
    jkraut
    , Apr 2022
    Great audio tour. This app worked perfectly. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the day as much as I did without it.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed our Joshua Tree tour and that it made such a big difference to your experience! I hope you get to try out some of our other tours on your future travels!
    star-5
    Nice guided tour. Just fully download first!
    Rob_K
    , Apr 2022
    Nice audio tour that guided us through the park with history, stories, and highlights. Just be sure to fully download app before you get there AND pick which entrance you will be using. If you do that, it works great!
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thanks Rob!! And excellent advice — downloading ahead of time is crucial! You can begin the tour from any of Joshua Tree’s three entrances. If you’re not sure which entrance you’ll be using, just download all three tour versions within the app. Thanks again!
    star-1
    I traveled all the way...
    Francis_B
    , Apr 2022
    I traveled all the way from LaQuinta resort to Joshua tree National park and your audio guide didn’t work
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    This tour is for inside Joshua Tree National Park. It’s not meant for your drive from the hotel to the park. We’re easily reachable by chat, e-mail, or phone call for any questions. We also have an extensive tour description and website FAQ.
    star-3
    Just okay
    Linda_S
    , Mar 2022
    I had problems with the guide. It needed to be clearer about the start, for one. The main problem I had was when it referenced a guide and map that was supposed to appear between stops. Never appeared. There were a few glitches that made me have to exit program and restart my iPad. I like the concept, but found this one not very reliable.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Linda, you mentioned an iPad — if it doesn’t have a GPS chip, the map will not work. The tour needs GPS to work. If you shoot me an e-mail via the app, I can help you out!
    star-3
    Could be so much more informative
    Cathy_L
    , Mar 2022
    Beautiful landscape. I have used this type of audio tour before but honestly very little bang for your buck with this one. We learned very little more than what we already knew (which wasn’t a lot). And…I might add that the price for this product has almost doubled. Not worth the money in our minds.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Hi Cathy, our price has only increased by $5 over the course of 2 years… and that’s because the tour has been getting tons of additions over time! Make sure you take advantage of the great “Learn More” audios at many stops to dive deeper, as well as all of the detours and alternate routes that the tour offers. The most recent update has brand-new stops on the park’s unique geology as well!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Big Thanks!
    Magda_C
    , Mar 2022
    Am so glad to have found Viator and have passed your information on to almost a dozen others. What particularly enhanced my JTNP trip was the narration on the history and lore. My one suggestion would be to denote the length of each of the trails - they’re not on the map either and often found a ways beyond the trailhead. And though I didn’t have a problem (after viewing the park map), informing the driver which way to turn out of the parking lot, which often circles and winds enough for one to lose bearings, would be a plus. Will definitely consult Viator on upcoming trips.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Thanks Magda! We (Action Tour Guide) have been using Viator to make it easier for folks to find and book our tours. I’m so glad you enjoyed our Joshua Tree tour! We have lots more across the country. I hope you get the chance to try another of our Action Tour Guide self-guided tours on your next adventure!
    star-5
    Excellent Download For The Tour
    Bassman
    , Mar 2022
    I would highly recommend this download for your tour of the Joshua Tree park. Very informative and lots of historic information. Make sure to set aside 4 to 5 hours. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Thank you so much for the recommendation! I'm thrilled you enjoyed visiting Joshua Tree with our self-guided audio tour. I hope you get to try another Action Tour Guide tour on your future travels!
    star-5
    Amazing!! Highly...
    Leena_M
    , Mar 2022
    Amazing!! Highly recommend if you’re in Joshua tree for a day. Can do it in 3 hours and only driving if on a time crunch. Or can stop the tour and do the hikes and viewpoints in between.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Thanks Leena! That flexibility is one of the best features of our self-guided tour — you can scale up or down as plans change. And the tour is valid forever, so you can use it again on a future trip or simply listen at home. I hope you get the chance to use another Action Tour Guide tour on your future travels!

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