Links to our favorite rock climbing and Joshua Tree resources:
Airbnb - Joshua Tree's beautiful desert landscape has inspired a lot of unique homes. Thanks to airbnb you can stay in one of them! This could be your best shot for lodging while your in Joshua Tree as there are around 200 options at any given time.
VRBO - Another option for house rentals in Joshua Tree. Not quite as many options but worth looking into, especially during busy season.
Joshua Tree Inn & Motel - We get great feedback about this place. Rock stars tend to like it, and rock climbers do too! Our best reccomendation for a motel room in the town of Joshua Tree.
The 29 Palms Inn - This is the nicest motel option in the area. It's a twenty or thirty minute drive from the town of Joshua Tree, but it's near the 29 Palms entrance to Joushua Tree National Park and situated right on top of a true desert oasis! It's bar and restraunt offer the best dining experience in the high desert.
Mojave Sands Motel - The Mojave Sands has 5 rooms, each with it's own record player. Pretty hip, and right in the town of Joshua Tree so you can walk to coffee, bars, restraunts and shopping.
Flip Flop Ranch - Flip Flop Ranch is a family farm in Southern California that connects people, especially kids, to their food. They help them understand where food comes from and why it’s so important to care for their environment and their bodies. This is a cool way to get more from your lodging experience while in the high desert.
Jack Rabbit Wash - Jackrabbit Wash is a modern architectural rental home with swimming pool located near Joshua Tree National Park.
Crossroads Cafe - A great little scratch kitchen right in the middle of Joshua Tree. American diner type foods, everything made in-house and catering to all the modern dietary restrictions... Cool atmosphere and always a couple good beers and wines available.
Pie For The People - California's take on New York pizza. It's legit, the owner is from NY and his shop is always full of pizza and people.
Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace - Great food and drinks at our coolest music venue. Big names play here often, but the Sunday house band is a great low key show. Pioneertown has some cool shops to check out while your waiting for your table. Make reservations.
Joshua Tree Saloon - Another cool venue and restraunt with good burgers and beer. This place can get pretty crowded, but it's right in town.
The 29 Palms Inn - Best food in the desert.
Natural Sisters Cafe - Fresh Vegetarian and Vegan options in Joshua Tree. A good place for rock climbers to get a to-go lunch.
Joshua Tree Coffee Company - Amazing coffee? Check. The most informed of coffee snobs will be impressed with this operation, we promise.
Rock Climbing Gear and Clothing:
Black Diamond Equipment - We use their helmets, harnesses, cams, nuts, carabiners, backpacks, slings, and clothing. The gold standard in the rock climbing industry if your American.
Petzl - These guys make everything rock climbing, and they make it well. Known for their high quality products and safety focused approach.
Metolious - Based out of Oregon. Good gear done a little different than Petzl and BD. Check it out.
Patagonia - A great, environmentally active, outdoor clothing and gear company based in California. Focuses are rock climbing, fly fishing, surfing and skiing!
Nomad Ventures - An awesome local rock climbing shop based right here in Joshua Tree! They have everything you might need on your trip and you can try it all on and get expert advice before you purchase.
Joshua Tree Outfitters - Another local outdoor gear shop. This place offers custom stitching and repair work as well as a good selection of used gear.
Fixe Hardware - Manufacturer of Aliens, best small cams on the market in our opinion. Also the best resource you will find for rock climbing specific bolting and route developement hardware.
Misty Mountain - Great, comfortable rock climbing harnesses made in North Carolina.
Evolv - This Southern California company makes some seriously sticky climbing shoes!
Five-Ten - Another Sothern California rock climbing shoe company. These guys have a factory outlet about an hour and a half away from Joshua Tree.
Mad Rock - Guess where this rock climbing shoe company is based... Yep, Southern California, not too far from Joshua Tree. If you come climbing with us you will get to test the product. All of Mojave Guides' shoes are from Madrock.
La Sportiva - European climbing shoes. High Quality.
Scarpa - Another European option. Scarpa is Italian for shoe. In this case rock climbing shoe.
Environmental and Access Organizations:
Joshua Tree National Park - The National Park Service website for Joshua Tree. A good resource for planning your trip.
American Safe Climbing Association - The ASCA provides hardware for, and information about, re-equipping old rock climbing routes. Many of the routes in Joshua Tree have ASCA hardware. Check out the site to see how you can help support them.
Access Fund - Preserving rock climbing access on public and private lands.
Friends of Joshua Tree - Grass roots access group for Joshua Tree National Park representing rock climbers.
Mojave Desert Land Trust - Working with other local organizations this group provides many benefits to our community through land acqusition and preservation.
Our friends around the country that also like to climb rocks:
Atlantic Climbing School - Rock climbing on the sea cliffs of the Maine coast.
Seneca Rocks Climbing School - Amazing rock climbing in West Virginia. The terrain offers probably the best introduction to rock climbing possible.
Rock About - A great guides service if you happen to be in Austin, Texas. We'd go during SXSW if we were you.
SWS Mountain Guides - Wanna do some mountaineering? Mount Shasta is a great introduction and these are the guys to take you up. Do some world class fly fishing while your in the area, and ski off the summit in June if you want to.
Walkabout Mountain Guides - Ice climbing specialists in New Hampshire. Ask for Matt, he's perpetually psyched.
California Mountaineering Club - Mountaineering, rock climbing or snow outings,the CMC outings schedule has a variety of options to choose from.
American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) - Training and certification for rock climbing, ice climbing and ski mountaineering guides in the United Stated. Member of the IFMGA.
International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) - The name says it all.
Professional Climbing Guides Association (PCGI) - Training and certification for rock climbing guides in the United States. These guys have a strong presence in Joshua Tree.
Alpamayo Peru - Tours, Treks, Culture, Climbs and Hiking Holidays in Peru (Cordillera Blanca, Cordillera Huayhuash and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Rock Climbing Inspiration:
Alpinist - Our personal favorite rock climbing magazine.
Rock and Ice - Great photos in these magazines.
Climbing - ...climbing magazine.
California Climber - Cool free magazine with great articles and photos specifically about rock climbing in California! Can be delived right to your door for a small fee.
DPM (Dead Point Magazine)- Free small rock climbing magazine.
Sender Films - Awesome rock climbing videos. We promise your palms will sweat.
Big Up Productions - Warning: These movies will make you book a flight to an awesome destination.
Hot Aches - British rock climbing movies, often on gritstone.
Rock Climbing Resources:
Mountain Project - An online database of rock climbing route information and funny, sometimes informative, forums.
Rockclimbing.com - Another online database of rock climbing route and area information.
Joshua Tree Climb - A local internet resource for climbing information.
Supertopo - This site provides really detailed route descriptions for many climbing areas. Pretty handy.
Other cool stuff to do in Joshua Tree:
Holotropic Breathwork in the Desert - Leading Holotropic Breathwork Workshops and Weekend Retreats at Joshua Tree Retreat Center.