Los Angeles to Joshua Tree

Day 1

Welcome to Los Angeles!


  • Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport by 4:00 pm, gather your belongings, and head towards your boutique hotel where your Trip Leader will greet you at 5:30 pm.
  • After settling into your hotel, meet with your group as your Trip Leader lays out the plan for an exciting week ahead.


  • Head out to either Venice or Santa Monica and enjoy your first dinner as a group. Extend your evening with an optional night out on the town or settle into your boutique hotel and rest up for the exciting adventures that await!

Day 2

Joshua Tree


  • Wake up in Los Angeles and enjoy breakfast at your boutique hotel.
  • Depart Los Angeles and begin your journey east through the Greater LA area into the Mojave Desert.


  • Arrive in the Joshua Tree area in time for lunch.
  • After lunch, hike with your Trip Leader through the boulders of Hidden Valley, and then out to Barker Dam for the chance to view desert wildlife like Bighorn Sheep.
  • Following these short hikes, head out to Keys View for a sweeping view of the San Andreas Fault and surrounding desert.


  • Set up camp and cook a fresh meal in your desert surroundings.
  • Get to know your fellow group members around a campfire under a blanket of stars.

Day 3

Palm Springs


  • After a camp breakfast and some hot coffee, break down your tent and get ready for another day of desert exploration.
  • Take a morning hike with your Trip Leader to Lost Horse Mine, the site of an abandoned gold mine!


  • After a late lunch, make the short drive through the Mojave to the desert oasis of Palm Springs.
  • Enjoy an included tram ride to the top of Mt. San Jacinto for epic views of the Coachella Valley.


  • Check into your hotel, centrally located in Palm Springs. Treat yourself to a night out of dinner and drinks with your travel companions.

Day 4



  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before one last walk in the desert.
  • Visit the lands of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Native Americans for a short canyon hike to Tahquitz falls, a 60-foot seasonal waterfall in the desert.
  • After your hike, it’s time for lunch and then back to Los Angeles where the trip will end at the hotel where we started.

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