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
California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Multi-Adventure Tour- 4-Day Getaway
Ram - Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Walking & Hiking Tour
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California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Family Multi-Adventure Tour - 4-Day Getaway - Teens & Kids

Desert Trails & Iconic National Park Landscapes

In the California desert, less is more. A single white cloud stands out in the vast blue sky. Joshua trees take center stage against the National Park's infinite landscape. Shady spots feel even more welcome in the arid warmth of the sun. Here, in stark contrast to the outside world, the real beauty is not found in what is… but what isn’t. Bring your family and discover the wonders of Palm Springs and beyond.

THIS ITINERARY: Trip length varies per departure date.


FROM: $3,399 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Horseback Ride
Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Walking
Palm Springs and Joshua Tree Walking


Start/End Palm Springs

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

  • Hike amazing trails in Joshua Tree National Park as kids rock climb and ride horseback in California's desert canyons
  • Bike through Palm Springs’ historic neighborhoods, admiring midcentury architecture and beautiful palm-lined city streets
  • Play around in our chic hotel’s rooftop pool as the sun sets and lights up the surrounding mountains in pink and amber hues
  • Experience in the ultimate family getaway in Palm Springs and beyond – cap off desert adventures in classic California style
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Backroads Walking & Hiking Trips
Backroads Walking & Hiking Trips
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

DAY 1 Kick off an epic family adventure amid the picturesque desert landscapes of Palm Springs | Kids play and grown-ups hike in Mission Creek and Whitewater Preserves, where a dry rocky valley gives way to a cascading river | Discover tranquil desert wetlands and craggy mountain ridges | Be immersed in Southern California cool at our stylish downtown retreat.

DAY 2 Journey to Joshua Tree National Park and be awed by its otherworldly rock formations and iconic yucca trees | Follow hiking trails past pockets of native flora in the park’s aptly named Hidden Valley | A surreal labyrinth of sculpted granite, massive boulders and secret craggy passageways awaits in the Wonderland of Rocks | Kids rock climb with an expert guide in one of the world's top climbing destination | Splash around and take in a desert sunset from our hotel’s rooftop pool. 

DAY 3 Bike through historic Palm Springs neighborhoods on an architectural cycling tour | Ride past cactus-dotted cliffs en route to the lush oases of Indian Canyons for a picnic lunch | Hike amid California fan palms, keeping an eye out for colorful orioles and hummingbirds | Kids ride horseback through Indian Canyons | Roll out one of the hotel’s yoga mats for an evening stretch before another great family dinner.

DAY 4 Rise early for a ride up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | Marvel at the views of Chino Canyon’s breathtaking cliffs | Hike amid pine trees and rocky ridgelines, pausing at overlooks with picturesque panoramas of the surrounding desert | Extend your family getaway in one of Old Hollywood’s favorite escapes.   

The Rowan Palm Springs
The Rowan Palm Springs
Palm Springs
| Premiere Hotel

Desert luxury, epic views and superb hospitality await at this ultra-stylish Kimpton retreat in the heart of Palm Springs. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

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. Weather permitting, we may hike at the top of the Palm Springs aerial tram, which takes place at 8,500 feet and may make the route more challenging than the mileage may suggest. 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

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Games at Whitewater Preserve (2 hours)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 1 mile | 100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 300 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Joshua Tree Rock-Climbing Class (2 hours) | min. age 6+
Day 3
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Horseback Riding in Indian Canyons (2 hours) | min. age 7+
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

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

A proven classic, our most popular 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
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

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

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, 4 lunches, 3 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.

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