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Transportation from San Francisco to Joshua Tree

by ErinB18 Online Now Jul 10, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Can someone please help with a link to a train or bus that goes from San Francisco to Joshua Tree? Not able to rent a car and wondering what the next best way to get there is. Thank you!

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    Re: Transportation from San Francisco to Joshua Tree

    by Beausoleil Online Now Jul 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Tough question. You can take Amtrak from San Francisco to Palm Springs downtown bus station. From there you might want to sign up for a tour from Palm Springs. Joshua Tree National Park (one of my favorites) is pretty far out of town and is in the dessert. It is known for its history, scenery, rock climbing and the famous Joshua Trees but doesn't have a lot of amenities like restaurants, restrooms and places to stop and relax. You need to pack in your water and it can be 30 to 40 miles (not kilometers) between major sights. The temperatures can run to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 to 110 is pretty normal for much of the year. In other words, if you take a bus to the entrance, you still won't see much of the park. Either rent a car in Palm Springs or take a tour. There are various tours such as Red Jeep Tours and Hummer Tours. You can also check the national park web site to see if they offer any tours as those would probably be the best ones. Here are the web sites you need.

    The train:

    The park:

    Red Jeep tours:

    Hummer tours:

    Local tourist office: and publishedstatus = 2|features=(5056)

    That should get you started. Good luck and I hope you make it. Joshua Tree is an amazing place. In spring the cactus bloom and there are all sorts of wildflowers. In winter you see the snow on the surrounding mountains. Winter was our favorite time to go. We lived about 40 miles west of the park. Summer is hot hot hot.

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