Joshua Tree National Park Association

Custom Programs

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A Program Just For You

Whatever your interest in Joshua Tree National Park, we can design a custom program for you or your group. We’ll ensure that your private field experience is tailored to your interests, suits your physical activity level, and hits the sites you want to see.

Hikes and Tours for Individuals and Small Groups

Whether you’re looking to clock some miles off the beaten path with an expert in desert ecology, or in the mood for a leisurely exploration of the park’s most stunning sights, we can design the perfect outing for you or your group. Common topics to be covered are geology, cultural history, flora, and ecology found in the vast valleys, rock mazes, desert cactus gardens, and Joshua tree forests. Contact us to get started on setting up a private park experience that meets your needs.

Pricing of private hikes and tours for small groups in their own vehicles (not charter buses):
  • For groups of 1-6 people: $400/half day, $700 full day 

  • Groups of 7-12 people: $600/half day, $900 full day 

  • Groups over 12 people: Please contact us so we can learn more about your needs and develop a program that meets your needs. Pricing is based on length of program, number of participants, and other variables.

Have Our Guide Hop On Your Bus

The Desert Institute can arrange for a professional, knowledgeable naturalist to join your bus tour for a visit to Joshua Tree National Park as a “step-on” guide. Our interpreters have specialized knowledge of the local geology, natural history, flora and fauna, archaeology, and cultural history. Let us entertain and educate your guests which will make their experience of Joshua Tree National Park a memorable event.

Rates given are per motor coach, with one naturalist guide. Large groups and multiple motor coaches may require more than one guide. To schedule a Motor Coach Tour, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 819-4714 or

Tour group operators pay park entrance fees and charter companies must have a current CUA with Joshua Tree National Park. 

Charter bus step-on tour pricing:
  • $600/bus for half day (up to 4 hours)

  • $900/bus for full day (6-8 hours)


Give us a call at 760-819-4714 or email

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