When long snow seasons end and mud season takes over mountain towns, our guides and athletes escape for the desert to seek out an active recharge in dry air and bright sun. For biking, they road trip to Moab; for standup sessions, they migrate to Baja; and to kick off climbing season, they often pack the van and head south to the world-famous mecca of Joshua Tree. The area is famous with climbers for its thousands of monzogranite routes, countless boulder problems, and an arid, surreal environment that offers warm, dry climbing when other areas are still frosted with cold or wet with moisture.
Within Joshua Tree National Park, good campsites are limited, drinking water is scarce, and services are minimal, but the cultural hotspot still draws hundreds of climbers on busy weekends from Oct through April. An international climbing crossroads, J Tree is marked by campfire socializing as well as colorful characters and is serviced by local businesses such as the Crossroads Cafe, Coyote Corner, and Nomad Ventures.
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