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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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  • 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
  • Joshua Tree Cultural Center , 6533 Freedom Wy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
  • Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
    7/27/2020 - 7/20/2023
    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
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    star-5
    Great self guided tour!
    Michael_L
    , Jun 2022
    Great narration (and some very interesting info) along the way; the offline GPS map alone is worth the price of sanity! Map is to the dot perfect (especially after dark). Worth the price and quite a bargain in my opinion.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks so much Michael! I'm thrilled that my tour was able to make your Joshua Tree visit so memorable, and I'm glad that it added so much value to your visit. 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!
    star-5
    Easy wonderful tour around Joshua Tree National Park
    Maria_O
    , Jun 2022
    It was an unplanned drive close to where I took my mother for a booster shot but it turned out to be an extraordinary experience to see all rock formations and sightings of Unique ways Joshua trees extend their branches in all directions …
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Wow, sounds perfect! (And very cool idea to turn a chore into an adventure). I hope you get the chance to try out my other tours as well in the future!
    star-5
    Beautiful Park
    Katherine_W
    , Jun 2022
    Lovely drive great audio love the hiking options beautiful National Park with very interesting history a walk to visit wildflowers is pretty special at right time of year
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    That’s awesome! Sounds like you had an amazing Joshua Tree experience and I’m thrilled my tour made that happen. Hope you check out my other self-guided tours in the future!
    star-5
    Excellent self guided tour
    Anonymous
    , Jun 2022
    Using the locator on the map to find our way out of the area!!! We might still be there without that!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks Anthony! So glad you enjoyed the tour and that the app helped you guys to navigate through the park. I have more self-guided tours across the country which you may enjoy as well. Thanks again!
    star-5
    Really useful and...
    Kat_E
    , May 2022
    Really useful and interesting! Downloading helped because there wasn’t a lot of access to cell service. Highly recommend.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    That’s so wonderful to hear! And excellent reminder to everyone to download ahead of time while in strong wifi/signal. I'm so glad you had a meaningful experience at Joshua Tree with my tour. 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!
    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.

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