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Introduction to rock climbing in the Joshua Tree National Park (2 days)

Come with one of the awesome AMGA-certified guides of Mojave Guides and discover the exciting world of rock climbing on an introductory program in Joshua Tree National Park for two days of outstanding instruction in one of most beautiful and climbing-friendly locations in California and the Western United States.

Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate


  • Break into rock climbing and learn the fundamentals of the sport.

  • Follow the professional guidance of a certified guide and climbing expert.

  • Discover the relentless beauty of Joshua Tree National Park and California.

  • Immerse yourself in climbing culture for two days to maximize your potential.


Head west to the heart of Southern California and begin your exciting career as a rock climber! This guided introduction to rock climbing course gives you two days in the stunning Joshua Tree National Park and provides the basic skills you will need to take your climbing abilities to new heights!

Just two and a half hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park has held an illustrious place in art and culture because of its unique landscape and rare California beauty. As one of the most popular parks in the Western United States, spanning an area of roughly 790,636 acres, it should come as no surprise that it harbors an eclectic mix of assorted ecosystems with fascinating flora and fauna, two deserts, and a mountain range all within its borders.

Your program places you in the middle of its rare geology to learn the ropes of rock climbing on a multi-day course designed for beginners. The guided program will cover the essentials of rock climbing, including planning a trip, using and storing equipment, movement on the rock, rope work, and so much more. After two days of captivating instruction, you will be able to make exciting ascents and take on challenging objectives.

We will begin the day early, meeting at the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center, so you get the most out of the program. After a short briefing and paperwork, we will head into the park for the course. Based on our local knowledge and your goals, we will find the perfect place to begin the climbing lessons. Our programs are always focused on safe and fun climbing to ensure you have a blast in a comfortable environment.

This program is the best way to build a foundation to progress as a climber. We will test your newly acquired skills on great climbs as we go, making sure that you can enjoy the practical application of the techniques. No experience is necessary, so we encourage everyone who wants to learn how to rock climb to join.

The Pinto gneiss and granite geology of Joshua Tree is unusual and special, particularly for rock climbers.  There are bouldering circuits, single-pitch routes and walls, and extensive multi-pitch routes to various summits. While this introductory program will focus on basics, there are a number of possible lines to choose from to make your education on the rock both informative and exhilarating.

You should have enough fitness to safely and comfortably enjoy a couple of days of climbing. The most important asset is a passion for the sport and a desire to learn how to take on the rock. This is a great way to stay active, exercise, and spend time with friends in the beautiful outdoors of the California desert, with the added perk of unplugging from the day-to-day life for a bit.

Book this incredible introduction to rock climbing course in Joshua Tree National Park NOW and spend two Southern California days with wonderful certified guides creating a solid groundwork for a safe, productive, and all-around fun career in rock climbing!

If you have just a day to enjoy the life-changing landscape, take a one day rock climbing course in Joshua Tree and don’t miss out on the fun!



There are a variety of great hotels in the Joshua Tree area, and the close proximity to Palm Springs (45 minutes) also allows for a wide range of lodging options. Plan ahead and book early as reservations are often required and can fill up during busier seasons (spring and fall) – sometimes as early as a year in advance. Available reservation sites within the park include Black Rock, Indian Cove, and Sheep’s Pass. Feel free to ask us for recommendations on lodging and food – we know the area like the back of our hand and are happy to share our expertise.

More info

Be prepared to fill out paperwork upon arrival to the program. As you will be following the guide into the park, please come prepared with ample fuel to safely and efficiently begin the program. Some suggested items to bring include: - Water (none in the park, so bring enough for the whole trip) - Food - Sun protection (sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, hat) - Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes - Durable and comfortable hiking shoes - Long pants - Camera There is no cell phone service within the park.

Meeting point

Rock climbing courses generally begin at the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center. Contact us upon booking for more information regarding your meeting location.


About the guide

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Seth, the owner of Mojave Guides, has been a Joshua Tree resident since the Fall of 2003 to remain close to the National Park and its exceptional rock climbing.

His climbing career began about 12 years ago while living in Jackson Hole, WY. Obsessed from the beginning, he started to develop his skill set and gain experience the way good climbers do, by rock climbing!

By 2008 he had visited most of the famous climbing areas of the US and earned his first professional certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Seth began his guiding career the same year, as a Trip Leader for Indiana Universities' Outdoor Adventures.

In 2010 he received an outdoor recreation and natural resource management degree from I.U. with a focus on rock climbing (yes, you can get a university degree for rock climbing!).

In 2013, following an intensive training period and subsequent 6-day exam, he was awarded the AMGA Rock Instructor Certification. This certification allows him to guide pretty much anything you want to climb in the park!

Today, Seth has worked with thousands of clients, from 5-year-olds to 75-year-olds through 10 different organizations based in 7 states.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 619 each

Group of 2

USD 361 each

Group of 3

USD 310 each

Group of 4

USD 258 each

Group of 5

USD 227 each

Group of 6

USD 207 each

Group of 7

USD 196 each

Group of 8

USD 186 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes the guiding fee and group climbing equipment.

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