Joshua Tree National Park, sprawling across 789,745 acres east of Los Angeles, is simply one of America's great rock climbing areas. The park offers climbers about 8,000 routes and boulder problems on granite cliffs, crags, pinnacles, buttresses, faces, and slabs scattered across the park. Many of the best and most popular climbing venues at JTree lie along the main park road, offering great climbing with easy access.
March is a great time to visit Joshua Tree. The weather is warm and sunny, perfect for spending the day outside. Read the article Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing to find out all about climbing at JTree and start making your spring plans.
Also check out some new mini-guides to some of Joshua Tree's best roadside top-rope climbing cliffs, including Trashcan Rock, AFPA Rock, Lizard's Hangout along the park scenic drive, and Pixie Rock at Indian Cove in the north part of the park. The guides have info on finding the cliff; essential gear to set up top-rope anchors; and comprehensive route descriptions and photo topos to help you find the routes. See you out there!
Photograph above: Cindy McCaffrey stems up a dihedral on AFPA Rock, a good top-rope climbing area in Joshua Tree National Park. Photograph © Stewart M. Green