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Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Adventures

(October 1st to May 1st)

With its perfect weather, breathtaking views, and rock as far as the eye can see, no trip to ‘J-Tree’ would be complete without exploring the vertical world of the unique Mojave desert landscape. Our Joshua Tree rock climbing adventures are of unparalleled quality and our dedication to safety, customized personal adventure, joy and good humor set us far apart from the average rock climbing guide service.


1/2 Day (5 Hours)
Full Day (9 Hours)
1 Person
2 People
$180 per person
$250 per person
3 People
$155 per person
$220 per person
4 People
$140 per person
$200 per person
5-10 People
$130 per person
$190 per person


Rock Climbing Equipment

We proudly feature clean and good condition Red Chili shoes, DMM and Wild Country Harnesses, and Clean modern Helmets

Gourmet Picnic Lunch

Carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free…Let us know! We are proud of the lunches we provide and are confident we can meet your dietary needs!

Private Instruction

All of our trips are private affairs, we do NOT mix groups…Combine that with our low guest to guide ratio and feel confident you will get what you need out of the day!

Tall Tales

All of our guides are long term locals and not only are familiar with the local flora and Fauna, but also have a wealth of knowledge of local lore and custom.

Highly Customized Guided Rock Climbing Adventures

Cliffhanger Guides offers rock climbing adventures that are perfect for everyone from first timers to experienced climbers.

A Family Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree parkIf you want your first time climbing to be a fun-filled, safe, and exciting adventure, we are your people.

If you are a gym climber transitioning to the intimidating world of outdoor climbing, let us be your guides.

If you want to go from sport climbing to traditional and learn to set up complex anchors, there is no one better than us to help you build proficiency, judgement, and self-reliance.

Whatever rock climbing skill you desire to learn, we are here to help. In all of our trips, we will keep you safe, help you build skills and confidence, and show you a darn good time in the process. We are excited to share the wonders of Joshua Tree National Park with you, one of the most sought-after rock climbing destinations in the world.

Cliffhanger Guides provides highly customized guided rock climbing adventures, PCGI Guide Training courses, and guaranteed good times in the magical realm of Joshua Tree National Park.

We are incredibly proud of the wonderful little company we’ve built and we are certain that we have the finest staff, provide the best climbing experience and customer service of any company operating out of Joshua Tree National Park.

You are welcome to call any of the other companies that operate here, but time and time again, our guests tell us that there is no comparison.

It has to be Cliffhanger.

About Our Joshua Tree Climbing Adventures

We offer two different options for climbing adventures in Joshua Tree National Park, the 1/2 day adventure or the full day adventure. All of our trips are custom private affairs. All equipment, private instruction, gourmet lunch, tall tales, and guaranteed good times are included. To book a trip we ask for a 20% deposit and the remainder is due post adventure upon complete satisfaction. We look forward to helping you plan the ultimate Joshua Tree rock climbing adventure.


The Cliffhanger ½ day:

rockclimbingprice2sOur ½ days are 5 hours in duration. Our ½ day is perfect for the 1st time climber, families with young children, the transitioning climber for gym to outside, those that want more than one adventure in the park in a day, the commitment averse, or those on a tight time schedule.

All rock climbing equipment, private instruction, tall tales and a gourmet picnic lunch is included.

Transportation to and from the park is NOT included. Please see the table below for pricing.

Full Day Adventures:

Our full days have all of the above and are 9 hours in duration. We typically meet at 8am and climb until near dark or you say uncle… These are big high adventure days perfect for climbers looking to climb loads of pitches, the climber that prefers a relaxed pace with no need for clocks, folks that have an inclination to see more remote areas of the park and travel the road less taken, the seasoned climber that wants to climb it all, and for those learning technical systems for anchoring, leading, or self-rescue techniques.

Again, Transportation to and from the park is NOT included. Please see the table below for pricing.

How Book a Cliffhanger Guides Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Adventure

We at Cliffhanger Guides very intentionally do not have a automated online booking system.

Please send us a email or call us so we can discuss your trip and make sure we have the perfect guide available

For reservations…




What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

“Great day of rock climbing”

“Rock climbing with our Cliffhanger Guide, Seth, was a highlight of our trip to Joshua Tree. We are a family of four (two adults and two boys ages 11 and 13) and all have some climbing experience, both in the gym and outdoors. Seth quickly figured out a great mix of safe yet challenging routes for us to climb. It was a great feeling for all of us to succeed on the more difficult routes with Seth guiding us all the way. He was a lot of fun to spend a day with and lunch was delicious. “

NHagens Boston, Massachusetts

Trip Advisor Review

“I cannot tell you how much fun we had climbing in Joshua Tree with Seth leading the way! Seth was fun, extremely knowledgeable about outdoor climbing, and gave us the time of our lives for our birthday celebration!

My boyfriend and I signed up for the full day package with Cliffhangers and in that time period we were able to learn the basics of traditional outdoor climbing, multiple options for anchoring, outdoor top roping and much more. My absolute favorite part of the day was when Seth lead us up a multi-pitch route straight up the rock face! We were able to see Joshua tree from a birds eye view and the climbing was AMAZING!

I would highly highly recommend Cliffhangers as your guide for rock climbing in Joshua Tree! Oh yeah AND Seth provided us with an amazingly yummy lunch, which no other climbing guides in the area seem to do.

Top notch Seth! “

Heather B. Virginia Beach, VA

Yelp Review

“Quality Experience with Professionals!”

“I had no idea what to expect – but after I read the reviews on Trip Advisor I knew this was the place to go! I was right! Seth is a true professional and so much fun. We were both scared – and he was so patient with us!

Took us to the most amazing place for lunch – incredible view, food and conversation.

If you want to really experience Joshua Tree this is the place to book with.”

Sandra F Buffalo, New York

Trip Advisor Review

Frequently Asked Questions

I have never been rock climbing before. Will I be ok on a guided tour?
Absolutely!  In fact, many of our guided tours are geared for first time climbers.  Our professional guides have worked with all levels of abilities and will cater to your specific needs.  We have a vast number of rock to climb here in Joshua Tree, from easy to extremely difficult.  Don’t worry, we will not put you in a dangerous situation. We WILL put you in fun situations that you never imagined you could do.
I'm an experienced rock climber. Will this be challenging enough for me?

We are sure you will be as challenged as you would like to be.  Our professional guides have a lot of experience and are a good judge of people’s abilities through both talking with you and watching you climb.  If you are looking for a challenging day, we can definitiely accomodate you.

If there are others in your group, just make sure they are up for the challenge as well as we will all be climbing the same areas.

Do I need to bring equipment?
It is not necessary to bring any of your own equipment.  We supply you with all the equipment you need.
Should I bring lunch?

Only if a gourmet lunch fully provided for you doesn’t sound great.

Please let us know if you, or anyone in your group has any special dietary needs or has allergies to any food.

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If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.