California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

From $3,599 - $3,799 /person

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Family Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 17+ required (siblings 14+ ok)

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Dec 2025: Dec

From $3,599 - $3,799 /person

Desert Wonders & National Park Magic

In the California desert, less is more. A single white cloud floats above the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs' vast blue sky. Joshua trees stand humbly within the rugged expanse of the national park. And sparse vegetation and little precipitation conspire to create a distinctive landscape of stark beauty. That ice-cold drink at the end of the day? A simple but welcome pleasure. On this one-of-a-kind classic desert escape.

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Walk/Hike
Bike
Rock Climbing

Highlights

  • Rock climb and adventure in Joshua Tree National Park, home to legendary granite boulder fields and rare otherworldly trees
  • Hike a high desert trail in Black Rock Canyon amid iconic yuccas, baby juniper, piñon pine and oak trees up to a ridgetop for exhilarating views in every direction. 
  • Bike through Palm Springs’ historic neighborhoods, admiring midcentury architecture and beautiful palm-lined city streets
  • Revel in the ultimate active getaway in Palm Springs and beyond—cap off your family desert adventure in classic California style
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California

Start/End Palm Springs

Airports & Travel details*

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Travel with your family from Palm Springs, the jewel of California's low desert, into the high desert landscapes nestled between Joshua Tree National Park and the San Bernardino National Forest • Hike a hard-pack sandy trail in Black Rock Canyon through dense forest and up to a ridgetop for spectacular views of Joshua Tree National Park • Immerse yourself in quirky desert culture in rugged one-street Pioneertown, built as a Western film façade in the 1940s • Take in the scene at a local saloon and relax at our one-of-a-kind American West hotel.

Accommodations

Night 1

Pioneertown Motel
Pioneertown
*Casual Hotel

Once frequented by film stars here shooting old Westerns, this coolly revamped desert hideaway spotlights local artisans and celebrates the town's quirky history, culture and setting.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-5

Description

Journey to Joshua Tree National Park and be awed by its fascinating rock formations and iconic yucca trees • It's a full-day adventure amid the park's surreal labyrinths of sculpted granite, massive boulders and secret craggy passageways • Explore colorful pockets of the park on an optional hike • All levels are welcome for a rock climbing experience with an expert guide in one of the world's top climbing destinations! • Bike through historic Palm Springs neighborhoods on an architectural bike tour • Witness the lush oases of Indian Canyons • Follow desert trails in Mission Creek and Whitewater Preserves, where a dry rocky valley gives way to a cascading river • Discover tranquil desert sanctuaries and craggy mountain ridges • Weather and crowds permitting, journey over the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon on a ride up to Mount San Jacinto State Park on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway • Marvel at the views of Chino Canyon's breathtaking cliffs • Walk amid age-old pine trees and rocky ridgelines, pausing at overlooks with picturesque panoramas of the surrounding desert and beyond • Sip a signature desert cocktail poolside and take in the gorgeous vistas of the Coachella Valley • Extend your getaway in one of Old Hollywood's favorite escapes.

Accommodations

Nights 2-4

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Palm Springs
Premiere Hotel

Set on a bluff overlooking glittering Palm Springs, this chic retreat complements its desert surroundings with elements of wood, stone and fire. (pool, spa) 

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

To bring you to our favorite parts of Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs, we make liberal use of shuttles on this trip. Although you'll see the inside of the Backroads van on most days and experience some longer rides, your itinerary has been designed to bring you as many regional highlights as possible while maximizing your time to explore on foot. 

Accommodations

This trip includes a one-night stay at the Pioneertown Motel in Pioneertown, a charming and quirky property chosen for its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park and unique history and appeal. Note that the motel doesn’t have a restaurant or common indoor spaces, so at least one meal will be outdoors.

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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Pioneertown Motel
Pioneertown

*Casual Hotel

Once frequented by film stars here shooting old Westerns, this coolly revamped desert hideaway spotlights local artisans and celebrates the town's quirky history, culture and setting.

Nights 2-4

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
Palm Springs

Premiere Hotel

Set on a bluff overlooking glittering Palm Springs, this chic retreat complements its desert surroundings with elements of wood, stone and fire. (pool, spa) 

From $3,599 - $3,799 /person

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Bikes

Choose Your Perfect Bike

Our bikes are designed and built with specific cyclists and riding styles in mind, so we can always offer you a perfect ride. Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Ideal for avid cyclists
  • Responsive, efficient and comfortable
  • Drop handlebars only
Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

  • One of the lightest e-bikes available
  • Provides plenty of power and more than enough battery
  • Lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting
  • Upright handlebars only

Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

From $3,599 - $3,799 /person

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