Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should I bring on my Climbing Trip?

Check out Annie's video for a detailed answer to that question!

Why do I need so much water?

The Mojave Desert is one of the driest places on Earth.  You lose water every time you exhale!

There is no water inside Joshua Tree National Park, so come prepared.  Water is safety!  Please bring more than enough water, and have extra water in your car- just in case!

What kind of footwear should I bring?

Good, lightweight trail hiking/running shoes are an excellent choice for trekking around Joshua Tree.  Sturdy hiking boots generally aren't necessary.  Please do not come with flip-flops, sandals, or other open-toed footwear!  The desert is a spiky place...

Is it customary to tip my rock climbing guide?

While tipping is never mandatory, it is always greatly appreciated!  10%-20% of the trip cost is a standard tip in the guiding industry.

Where should I stay on my trip to Joshua Tree?

AirBnb:  Most of our guests choose to stay in a local AirBnb or VRBO.  There are many excellent houses for rent in the area for $100-$200 a night.  Don't limit your search to Joshua Tree city; the towns of Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms are also very close to the park and have excellent housing options.

Hotel:  There are some budget motels/hotels in Joshua Tree, but the closest nicer hotels are located down the hill in the Palm Springs area.

Camping:  If camping is your thing, it's becoming very difficult in the park.  Many of the campsites are first-come-first-served, and are full every day!  Jumbo Rocks, Black Rock, and Indian Cove campgrounds are reserve-able online, but book up far in advance.  There are private campgrounds outside the park which usually have open sites.  Check Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground or the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.

Where are some good places to eat around town?

Best Food:  The best food can be found at the 29 Palms Inn.  It's located on a desert oasis with open water, palm trees and turtles!

Barbecue and Music:  Pappy and Harriet's is an old-western style saloon where all the meat is cooked on a mesquite barbecue.  They also have live music almost every night.

Fusion:  La Copine is a fantastic restaurant with a menu that changes frequently.

Family Friendly:  Frontier Cafe has toys and games for kids of all ages, allows dogs, and has won awards for their food.  It's also a coffee shop.

Mexican: Las Palmas

Pizza: Two Guys Pies

I had an awesome time!  Can I leave a review for Stone Adventures?

Yes, please!  We are so grateful for every review that our guests leave.  It helps build our local, family-owned business, and also helps other potential climbers know what your trip was like.  Here are the direct links to some of our review sites:





Where can I find more information about the Joshua Tree area?

Check out this great resource for Joshua Tree food, lodging, attractions, tours and much more!