Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Camping

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Dates: Feb-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 3

Activity Level: 3

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Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Camping



REI Member: $595

Non-member: $675

Trip Dates:


  • Oct 17–19
  • Dec 5–7


  • Feb 6–8
  • Mar 21–23
  • Oct 16–18
  • Dec 4–6

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Group Size: 4-15

Activity Level: 3


  • Camping
  • Rock Climbing


Group campsite, 2 nights.

Trip Highlights

  • Get professional rock climbing instruction from certified guides
  • Camp in comfort at Ryan Campground
  • Surround yourself with the exposed and rugged mountains of California's desert

Bold, rugged mountains and twisted rock monoliths make Joshua Tree one of the most remarkable national parks. Beyond jaw-dropping scenery, it's also home to great rock climbing. We join professional, certified guides for a weekend of instruction and practice in California's desert.

Learn basic knots, rappelling and climbing techniques, and backpacking skills. This trip is perfect for rock-climbing novices or those looking to develop their skills further. We spend our nights in a comfortable front-country camp, before taking a short walk each day to climbing rocks perfect for a variety of skill levels.

Prefer to stay in the backcountry? Check out our Joshua Tree Climbing & Backpacking trip.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Meet at our campsite for dinner and gear check.
  • Day 2 - Learn and build climbing and boulder scrambling skills.
  • Day 3 - Practice our skills on more challenging routes before departing.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Meet at our campsite for dinner and gear check.

    Meet at 3:00 p.m. at Ryan Campground in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. Meet your guides and group for an orientation, gear check, and delicious dinner. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Learn and build climbing and boulder scrambling skills.

    After breakfast, we'll hike only about 15 minutes from camp to a short boulder scramble (3rd class rock hopping) to the base of our climbing site for the day. Climbers will enjoy instruction on ropes, knots, rappelling, and climbing. Ropes will be set up on various routes from absolute beginner to more advanced, depending on the experience level and goals of the group. At the end of the day, we'll reconvene at camp to relax and enjoy a great dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.

  • Day 3 - Practice our skills on more challenging routes before departing.

    After breakfast, we'll join our guides again for the second day of climbing instruction and exploration right from the comfort of our base camp set up. We'll get a chance to test skills from the previous day and push to whatever level you feel comfortable. After a full day of climbing and instruction we'll wrap up the gear and discuss our experiences and goals for climbing in the future. We should be all done by 4:00 p.m. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.  This includes changes to routes and climbing areas to be used when circumstances or conditions warrant.  This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information about Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm that the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional rock climbing instruction and guided backpacking; all rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, ropes, shoes and more); meals as noted on the daily itinerary; mixes for energy drinks; group cooking gear; group first-aid kit, water filters; campsite and backcountry permit fees.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; park entrance fees where required; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages (please do not bring); 2 lunches; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.


This trip is rated Moderate(3). You may elect to rest at any time and will never be required to climb anything that you do not wish to attempt. Trip members need to be in good physical condition. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we strongly encourage participants to be involved in a training regimen before the trip. The better shape you are in, the more you’ll enjoy all that Joshua Tree National Park has to offer.


Daytime temperatures usually range between 60o - 90o F but can sometimes drop lower.  Evening temperatures typically drop into the 40o - 50o F range or lower.  While rain is rare in Joshua Tree, it is always a possibility so adequate raingear is important, even in this arid landscape.

Closest Airport(s)

Palm Springs, CA 45 miles, 1 hour; Los Angeles, CA 155 miles; 2.75 hours; or San Diego, CA 175 miles, 3 hours. 


There is no reliable transfer service from any airport to our meeting place.  Anticipate renting a car if flying in for this weekend getaway. The directions above are from major interstates to our meeting point. Consult a map and plan ahead to ensure that you can find the interstate highway or major road indicated in the directions as you are leaving the airport.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Camping Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.  To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list has been created to help you choose equipment for the trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary - this will help you and the field staff. 

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents (3 season, 2 person)
  • Cooking gear
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Water filter
  • Group first aid kit
  • Chalk bag and climbing chalk
  • All needed climbing gear, including harnesses, ropes, helmets, rock climbing shoes, hardware, and more (you will need to bring your own hiking boots, though).
Hiking/Camping Gear
  • Backpack: 35-50 liter
  • Pack cover – waterproof
  • Sleeping bag (rated at 30-35 degrees F)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Rain jacket and pants, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
  • Midweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Midweight thermal top and bottom made of synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants, quick-drying, lightweight (zip-off legs are great) No jeans!
  • Hiking shorts, quick-drying, lightweight
  • 1 T-shirt, synthetic
  • 2 changes of underwear
  • Hiking socks, 2 pairs of wool or synthetic
  • Sock liners, 2 pairs of synthetic liners (optional)
  • Down parka (for Feb dates)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • Hiking boots or light hikers, depending on your preference (REI Adventures will provide climbing shoes, but not hiking boots).
  • Lunches for each day (ex: salami/jerky; cheeses; crackers)
  • Favorite snacks
Travel Accessories
  • Two 1-quart water bottle, Nalgene-type, or hydration system equivalent
  • Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
  • Plastic bowl, spoon, fork, 16 oz. mug with lid
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Glasses case to protect sunglasses
  • Sunblock, small amount—not the whole bottle, min SPF 25
  • Lip balm (unscented)
  • Toothbrush & trial-sized paste
  • Pack towel and/or washcloth
  • Personal first-aid kit, small and light with personal medications
  • Individually packaged Anti-bacterial hand wipes (WetOnes-type)
  • TP System: In a gallon Ziploc Bag store these items: Toilet paper (not a full roll) & 1 ziploc quart baggie, WetOnes, Feminine Wipes, Pantiliners for women
  • 1 large plastic garbage bag
  • Trekking poles
Optional Field Gear
  • Ear plugs
  • Lightweight camp shoes/sandals
  • Journal and pen
  • Camera and film- think weight
  • Climbing harness, helmet, shoes and belay device (you may use your own gear if you wish to – please do not bring other hardware or rope)
  • Climbing tape

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.


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Looking forward to coming back again!

By Jigga J

from Washington, DC

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  • Accommodations
  • Activity Level
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Exceeded Expectations
  • Food
  • Guides
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Quality Equipment Provided


  • Poorly Organized Itinerary

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    Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Camping:

    Since this was a new trip, I don't think the itinerary was well organized. REI still had the same provisions as the backpacking one, but there was no need. You camp at Ryan Campground, which is your base camp during the entire stay. As a result, you don't need to overpack. I would suggest you just need to pack a sleeping bag, pad, and clothes. Also think about doing this trip in the spring or fall. I went in early December and it was freezing cold and the sunset was at 5. Fortunately, our guide Andy was really prepared with lots of blankets and extra warm clothes. He also made some really great food, least I forget he also taught us the basics of rock climbing and how to set anchors and cams and nuts. The trip was very informative and I learned a lot.

    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
    • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
    • Why did you choose this trip?:
    • I wanted to check out rock climbing at Joshua Tree after friends recommended it to me.
    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
    • Rock climbing in Joshua Tree. You can spend a lifetime climbing here! There's so many awesome routes.
    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
    • Travel in the spring or fall. This is advice from my guide. I went in early December and it was freezing cold. I would consider going again in May or October.

    First Time Troubles with REI Travels

    By knittingmariner

    from Escondido, CA

    About Me Casual Adventurer

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    • Accommodations
    • Activity Level
    • Food
    • Group Camaraderie
    • Guides
    • Quality Equipment Provided


    • Fell Short of Expectations
    • Poorly Organized Itinerary

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      Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Camping:

      REI travels need to make sure that they are all together with there management since it was a new trip I don't think they realized that they actually needed to do some work.

      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
      • Recommended by a Friend
      • Why did you choose this trip?:
      • I choose this trip because I am new to outdoor climbing and figured a trip where everything is provided would be a good way to start really outdoor climbing in an amazing place.
      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
      • The actual trip was alot of fun learned alot.
      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
      • The gear list is just a copy of the backpacking trip they did change it for the base camping instead of backpacking. If you don't like the cold don't go on the december one. I was told it would be really cold still until February but this was not the case bring, well until they called and told me the day before that it is supposed to snow.

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