Introduce Your Family to Rock Climbing in California’s Joshua Tree National Park

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With thousands of climbing routes Joshua Tree National Park is the ideal venue to learn to rock climb

If you are a beginning rock climber, or if you want to introduce your family to rock climbing on a one or two-day adventure, Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect venue for you. Joshua Tree National Park rock climbing is one of the premier rock climbing experiences in the U.S. With 8,000 rock climbing routes and 2,000 bouldering problems to solve. The outfitters in the gallery and infographic below are top rock climbing guides and instructors in Joshua Tree with a special emphasis on working with beginning rock climbers and families.

A Brief Intro to Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing and Why It is the Ideal Venue to Learn Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. It takes in some 790,636 acres or 1,235 square miles, an area a little larger than the state of Rhode Island. The Joshua trees which grow in the park and from which it derives its name were so designated by early Mormon settlers. The trees reminded them of the biblical character of Joshua raising his arms in prayer. The fantastic landscape of the park with its other-planet-like boulder formations is unforgettable. There are over 8,000 climbing routes in the park and 2,000 bouldering problems to solve. The formations include outcrops, domes, and cliffs. The rock is climber-friendly rough gneiss and bumpy monzogranite. The parks cliffs are easy to reach. Most of the routes are less than 100 feet high. Only a few are more than 250 feet. The southern California high desert weather is mild and sunny for most of the winter. The park experiences 358 rain-free days a year. By connecting with a professional rock climbing outfitter, beginning climbers can be exposed to a number of different rock climbing experiences in a short period of time including single pitch climbs, multi-pitch climbs, short roping, and rappelling.

All of the outfitters and guides in the gallery above and in the infographic below are based in or around Joshua Tree and specialize in teaching beginning rock climbing for individuals and families.

Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing for Beginners and Families

Outfitters Something Special Sample Courses and Experiences Guides Outfitter Comment
Cliffhanger Guides The only guide in Joshua Tree to have a brick and mortar presence located in the heart of the community Works with gym climbers transitioning to the world of outdoor climbing Experienced guides. Seth Zaharias and Sabra Purdy are owners and chief guides “Our low instructor to climber ratio allows for one-on-one instruction time for all”
Joshua Tree Guides Lessons and trips in Joshua Tree NP for over 15 years Intro to rock climbing technique Certified rock climbing instructors and guides “Our goal is to have every client come away with confidence, transferable skills, and fun memories”
Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School Rock climbing in Joshua Tree since 1988 Basic Rock Climbing 1 offered on selected Saturdays All guides work as independent contractors (Rock climbing is)…”An empowering adventure delivering physical and mental stimulation with spiritual and emotional rewards”
The Climbing Life Guides A small rock climber guide owned business specializing in rock climbing experiences tailored to client desires Belaying, rappelling, falling techniques, setting up top ropes AMGA certified guides only. Guides have advanced certification and excellent teaching skills “Rock climbing is the perfect mixture of mental and physical exertion”
Uprising Adventure Guides Specializes in offering programs specifically designed for women Rock climbing retreats with everything from organic food to spiritual exploration and the application of rock climbing as a metaphor for life Experienced guides and outdoor educators “No matter what your outdoor or climbing experience is, we can tailor the day to meet everyone’s expectations”
Vertical Adventures In operation since 1983. Ranked #1 rock climbing school in America in 2008 by Outside Magazine. Anchoring fundamentals using nuts and camming devices Experienced guides, some climbing since the mid-80s “Our rock climbing classes and guided rock climbs have enabled many students to attain goals they never thought possible”

Every effort is made to compile profiles of the top Joshua Tree Climbing outfitters who are professional, popular with their customers, and committed to environmental excellence. No advertising fees are involved. If you have had a good experience in Joshua Tree with an outfitter not included here and they meet the above criteria, add their name and contact information in the Comments box below and BG will follow up. Outfitters must have a website to be included.

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