Welcome to Ways to Wander

Hiking Themes for Inspiration

Joshua Tree National Park contains a multitude of landscapes, climate zones, biological relationships, and cultural histories.  How you want to engage with these elements helps us determine how to customize your experience.  The Ways to Wander section is like a menu, a list of hiking themes that our  Lead Guide has curated to give you a taste of what may lie ahead for you or your group.  When you complete our Reservation Inquiry Form you'll be able to note which of the "Ways" appeal to you most.

Smiling and dried wild flower from the Asteracea family... Photo Credit: Travis Puglisi

Smiling and dried wild flower from the Asteracea family... Photo Credit: Travis Puglisi

The Long and Winding Trail

The Long and Winding Trail

The Long and Winding Trail

Meandering Trail in Lower Covington Flats.  Photo Credit: Travis Puglisi

All trail and no backcountry with an emphasis on long vistas and gentle transitions between elevations.  Perfect for beginners, those with nothing to prove, and people who want to see the full light of the sun on wide open landscape.

The Charger

The Long and Winding Trail

The Long and Winding Trail

Rock scramble and water hike in a green Rattlesnake Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park.

This theme is more about miles than any particular landscape.  You want to get out, go far, and see as much as you can, whether you choose a Half Day or Full Day outing.  The Charger can work with any variation of topography that appeals to you and your goals.  Perfect for those looking for big picture view of the park...move more, see more, understand more...the adventure minded, and people looking to get their heart rates elevated.

The Scramble

The Long and Winding Trail

BackCountry Roads

Hiking Guide, Travis Puglisi, with his son Emerson on shoulders.  Rattlesnake Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park

The rock...it’s one of Joshua Tree National Park's greatest attractions.  Unique in form and an absolute blast to feel, crawl on, and capture breathtaking views from.  You don’t need to be a climber to get to the top of these ancient geologic structures.  Perfect for children, geology enthusiasts, and those not quite ready to rock climb but want to get a feel for the stone before connecting to a rope and gear.

BackCountry Roads

No People, No Traffic, Never

BackCountry Roads

Hiking in the far east of Joshua Tree National Park.  The Coxcomb Mountains.

...or, Where We're Going We Don't Need Trails. This theme is about using the pathways generated by the forces of nature, whether that be the washes, canyons, ridges, or animal trails that make Joshua Tree National Park the diverse and interconnected landscape that it is.  While trails may be used as beginnings and ends, and to hop between zones, this is largely a backcountry experience that will give you a taste of what it means to be wild in the Mojave Desert.  Perfect for moderate to experienced hikers and those interested in the relationships between plants, animals, and physical sciences.

The Three "F's"

No People, No Traffic, Never

No People, No Traffic, Never

Great Horned Owl in Joshua Tree.  Photo Credit: Travis Puglisi

Flora, Fauna, and Folks.  Do you hate that feeling when you can’t remember someone’s name and you keep running into them and it’s get’s awkward?  We understand that it can be hard to develop a relationship with people...and plants, and animals, when learning their names is the first hurdle.  The Three “F’s” is about those names (taxonomy), their stories, and the cycles that dictate their ways.  Perfect for all ability levels, plant and wildlife enthusiasts, and those interested in moving to or investing in any of the gateway communities surrounding Joshua Tree National Park.  

No People, No Traffic, Never

No People, No Traffic, Never

No People, No Traffic, Never

Hiking during Super Bloom of 2019.  Common Storksbill in Lower Covington Flats, Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park is on track to exceed 3 million visitors in 2020.  Most enter the park through one of two locations and if you want to go through those same gates there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait in line.  Then, when you get to where you’re going you'll probably have to get strategic about your parking.  While you’re doing what you came to do there will be a decent number of people around you doing it too. So, if you’d prefer to skip all that Wandering Mojave Hiking Services can help.  Perfect for all skill levels, those who want to spend more time on the trail than in line, and return visitors to Joshua Tree National Park looking for new ways to view the protected lands.