California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 4-Day Getaway - Teens & Kids
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
Ram - Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Walking & Hiking Tour
Rock climbing in Palm Springs Joshua Tree
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California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Teens & Kids

Desert Wonders & National Park Magic

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 9+ | Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Family — Teens & Kids

5 days 4 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,599 - $3,849 pp dbl occ

($700 - $1,150 for sgl occ)

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. An ice-cold drink after a day of family adventure? A simple but welcome pleasure. On this one-of-a-kind classic desert escape.

Rock Climbing
Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Family Walking and Hiking Tour
Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Family Walking and Hiking Tour


Start/End Palm Springs

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Hike high desert trails in hidden gem Pioneertown Mountains Preserve and amid a native palm oasis in rugged Indian Canyons
  • Rock climb and adventure in Joshua Tree National Park, home to legendary granite boulder fields and rare otherworldly trees
  • Play around at our Western-themed Pioneertown hotel and bike palm-lined streets in Palm Springs' historic neighborhoods
  • Experience the ultimate family getaway in Palm Springs and beyond with a desert adventure in classic California style


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Travel 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 piney ridge trails in a geologically rich wildlands preserve | Immerse yourself in quirky desert culture in rugged one-street Pioneertown, built as a Western film façade in the 1940s | Kids play lawn games with our Kids Adventure Leader while adults take in the scene at a local saloon and relax at our one-of-a-kind American West hotel.

Exterior view of Pioneertown Motel
Pioneertown Motel
| *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.

Days 2-5

Journey to Joshua Tree National Park and be awed by its fascinating rock formations and iconic yucca trees | It's a full-day family 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 crowd 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 | Enjoy some downtime in the family-friendly pool at our luxurious hotel overlooking the Coachella Valley | Extend your getaway in one of Old Hollywood's favorite escapes.


The pool at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage
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) 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The hiking terrain on this trip includes well-maintained paths and rugged desert trails with some rocky and sandy sections, and a few steeper climbs and descents. The biking terrain varies from level to rolling with a few steeper hills. Possible extreme weather conditions, such as heat and wind (or colder temperatures in winter months), can make biking more strenuous.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 2
Rock Climbing
& Adventures in Joshua Tree National Park (full day)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 1 | 15 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 1000 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, all dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. 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 each day and will experience some longer rides (1–1½ hours) as we shuttle between highlights, consider it an opportunity to view some spectacular scenery while resting your legs in preparation for your next adventure.


This trip includes a one-night stay at the Pioneertown Motel in Pioneertown. This unique property doesn’t have a restaurant or common indoor spaces, so at least one meal will be outdoors. Be sure to pack layers as mornings can be chilly! We’ve chosen this property because of its proximity to Joshua Tree National Park as well as its quirky charms and historic location – we think you’ll enjoy this one-of-a-kind property as part of your desert adventure. 

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