Mojave Guides has been providing exceptional customized rock climbing experiences in Joshua Tree National Park since 2015. The company was founded by Joshua Tree resident and AMGA Certified Rock Instructor Seth Pettit as a means of providing his own clients with a higher quality experience than had been previously available.


Drawing on extensive industry experience, Seth built Mojave Guides from the ground up meticulously shaping every facet of his business. He is continuously working to improve Mojave Guides with a direct oversight of all aspects of the business. This attention to detail is one of the qualities that now sets Mojave Guides apart, and one of the ways we deliver a superior service in Joshua Tree. 


Having worked with ten guide services in seven states, Seth has developed a large network allowing Mojave Guides to provide you with some of the most talented young rock climbing guides available. Click here to learn more about these inspiring individuals.

Our guides are all trained and/or certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). The AMGA exist to provide education, training, and certification to their membership. Currently there are no legally mandated certification requirements for rock climbing guides in the United States. Furthermore, there are different levels of certification available through each of the certifying organizations. Please visit the AMGA website to educate yourself and make an informed choice.

Mojave Guides offers private, guided rock climbing experiences in Joshua Tree National Park that can be customized to suit your specific needs. We offer 1/2 day, full day, and multi-day technical rock climbing instructional courses. We have programs to suit everyone from the complete beginner to the experienced climber looking for a trustworthy partner. A day of guided rock climbing in Joshua Tree with Mojave Guides will include exceptional instruction in awe inspiring scenery, and of course, lots of rock climbing! Visit our Programs page to learn more about our course offerings.

Mojave Guides holds a permit with the National Park Service allowing us to host any realistic sized group in all of Joshua Tree National Park’s exceptional rock climbing areas. Please inquire about larger groups, we’d be happy to work with you.

Climbers on top of a rock in Joshua Tree National Park at sunset

 Here are some more things that make Mojave Guides the best choice for your trip to Joshua Tree National Park:

-Our guests are provided with high quality rock climbing gear that’s in great shape, including shoes, helmets, harnesses, and all technical gear. This is included in our already competitive rates.


-Our rock climbing guides are trained, certified and experienced professionals. They are full time climbing guides in Joshua Tree, Wilderness First Responders (medical training), and have outdoor education backgrounds. They're not just exceptional at what they do, they are exceptional people that you will love spending time with. 


-Customer service is conducted in the most courteous and professional manner with punctual and thorough communications.


-Your Joshua Tree rock climbing experience will be customized to fit your needs and desires. Our structured courses are offered in private guiding format only, so you will not be grouped with people outside of your party. This maintains a low client to guide ratio and allows us to focus on what is most relevant to your success.

We think we do a great job and so do our guests! See what they have to say about us on our testimonials page.


Joshua Tree National Park is a rugged and beautiful desert landscape, encompassing the largest guided rock climbing venue in The United States. The park offers a huge variety of rock climbing terrain, from exceptional bouldering circuits to single-pitch climbing walls stacked with nice lines, to long multi-pitch adventure climbs that wander their way to summits. There are cracks, edging faces, handhold laden walls of all angles, smooth slabs, chimneys, and roofs! In Joshua Tree you can hike for hours to a secluded Wilderness local or practically belay from your car. In addition to its spectacular wind and water eroded rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park’s 800,000 designated acres is home to a diverse collection of desert flora and fauna and a rich history of inhabitants that have left their mark on the land. Sitting on top of one of Joshua Tree’s epic rock climbs you may experience the best sunset of your life! Let Mojave Guides introduce you to the sport of rock climbing or help you take the next step in your education in this premier destination.


Mojave Guides is located in the quaint desert town of Joshua Tree, California near the west entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree is conveniently located 45 minutes from Palm Springs and the Palm Springs International Airport, 2.5 hours drive from Los Angeles, 3 hours from San Diego, 3.5 hours from Las Vegas, and just over 4 hours drive from Phoenix. Joshua Tree is home to a vibrant arts community and a number of exceptional dining and lodging options. The stable warm weather patterns and abundance of climbable rock features in Joshua Tree National Park provides Mojave Guides with the perfect environment for our guided rock climbing programs. 

Rock climbing is a thrilling experience that promotes a healthy life style through physical and mental stimulation, time unplugged and out of doors, and bonding of groups experiencing the challenges and joy together. These benefits can be enjoyed by people of all ages, individuals, groups of friends and families alike.


From the delivery of educational progressions, to the quality rock climbing gear provided for our guests, to the powerful rock climbing experiences we facilitate, Mojave Guides is the best in the business. Please give us the opportunity to prove it, and make your reservation today.