California's Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 4-Day Getaway

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 $3,099 /person

4 days

3 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 Walking & Hiking Tour - 4-Day Getaway

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)

4 days

3 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.

2025: Dec

From $3,099 /person

National Park Wonderland of Rocks & Desert Oases

Give a cactus a second look. Change your point of view on a crag. Experience a canyon from the inside out. From spiky Joshua trees to rare palm oases, every step in the desert reveals something magnificent and surprising. Open sky, open mind. Bring your family on this California hiking tour. It's time to see the desert in a new way. 

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Highlights

  • Explore Joshua Tree National Park's remarkable landscape strewn with gigantic boulders and shady palm oases 
  • Marvel at the desert's distinctive beauty—from Joshua trees to unique wildlife like roadrunners and desert bighorn sheep 
  • Admire the mid-century architecture and old Hollywood glamour of Palm Springs' Las Palmas neighborhood
  • Hike a section of the famous Pacific Crest Trail with your family, taking in impressive views of San Gorgonio Mountain 
California Palm Springs & Joshua Tree Family Walking & Hiking Tour - 4-Day Getaway map

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Start/End Palm Springs

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Day 1

Description

Behold Joshua Tree National Park—a whimsical and mesmerizing landscape like no other • You can't help but marvel at the park's namesake flora—the cartoon-like Yucca brevifolia, more commonly known as Joshua trees • While you take a family hike, revel in breathtaking vistas beneath vast desert skies • Take advantage of countless photo ops amid the jumbo boulders.

Accommodations

Nights 1-3

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.

Day 2

Description

Enjoy some of the area's best hiking, soaking up views of otherworldly rocky outcroppings among the varied scenery • Journey through palm-filled ravines that lead to a hidden oasis where year-round water sustains the largest stand of native California fan palms • Bird lovers rejoice—these lush palm groves are great places to view many of the canyon's feathered inhabitants, including hummingbirds and orioles • Add a final flourish to the day with a family dinner in a dramatic cliffside setting.

Accommodations

Nights 1-3

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.

Day 3

Description

From Palm Springs, head into the hills and onto a section of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail, leading to the new Sand to Snow National Monument • Choose to descend to the rushing Whitewater River—an unexpected sight in the desert!

Accommodations

Nights 1-3

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.

Day 4

Description

Rise early for a sunrise hike on the Chuckwalla Trail • Soak up some old Hollywood glamour during a guided tour of the historic Old Las Palmas neighborhood • Mid-century modern design and Spanish colonial architecture intermingle in the shadow of Mt. San Jacinto • Stroll through dynamic downtown to indulge in some classic California cuisine. 

Accommodations

Nights 1-3

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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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.

Shuttles

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.

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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.

Nights 1-3

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) 

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