Joshua Tree
National Park TOUR
Part I

The most EPIC locations
Inside the National Park


Welcome to your Virtual Tour of
the Joshua Tree National Park

***Please be patient and allow the site to load.  We use a LOT of data, images, videos, GIFs, animated text, and 360-degree views to enhance your Virtual Tour.  Your patience will be rewarded!  This Virtual Tour is best viewed on a desktop computer.  Having a larger screen to see everything a little easier makes it more fun.  Also, we aren’t shouting.  HAHA!  This font was created to match the font used on National Park Signs exactly!  So we aren’t using “all caps” to be loud… HAHAHA!  We just wanted to stay true to the National Park Vibe!

We are going to guide you through 38 fun and challenging experiences that will make you feel like you are physically here in Joshua Tree, California.  As a huge bonus, we will make you an “EXPERT TOUR GUIDE” before you arrive!    

As you “virtually” visit each unique location, we will challenge your mind with puzzles, ciphers, clues, and riddles.  Each location will teach you a little bit about the area, share secret texts and ciphers from world history (back to Caesar), and ask you questions in a quiz-like format.  You can skip any questions you like and just browse through the locations.  You decide!  We just want to show you the must-see locations and teach you cool secret codes and ciphers along the way.

ABOVE ALL, ENJOY THIS GLORIOUS NATIONAL PARK!  We think it is the most beautiful of the (61) National Parks across the United States of America, and specifically the most magical of the (9) National Parks we have right here in California.  

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Listen to our Desert Vibes Playlist During Your “Virtual” Adventure:


Big Picture:

Take a good look at the map below because that is how far you are about to “virtually” travel on this EPIC Journey to the furthest reaches of the Joshua Tree National Park.  After you complete this virtual tour, you will know exactly where you want to go when you visit in real-life.  you’re going to be a complete Joshua Tree Guru.  

How far is it and how long could it take in real-life?

DISTANCE:  161.2 miles
TIME: 6 hours 
That’s drive time only… 10 minutes at each location will add 6+ more hours! 


This is the layout for each section:


Make sure you keep your own score.  You can download the scoresheet we created here to make it easier to track the number of clues you get correct and incorrect.  

Let's Shall we?


Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center

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We include TIME, MILEAGE, and Location # at each location
TIME: 00:00 
(the time it has taken from the JTVC)
(the distance away from the JTVC)

Welcome to the Joshua Tree Visitor Center on Park Boulevard, aka the “JTVC”, found right in the heart of the Joshua Tree Visitor Village.  You might realize that it is NOT inside the National Park.  That’s weird right?  There is actually only one of the three Visitor Centers that is technically inside the Park, the Cottonwood Visitor Center at the South Gate.  We still recommend starting any visit to Joshua Tree here at the JTVC.  You can find all kinds of information and fun gift shop items here so it is the perfect start of an EPIC Joshua Tree Adventure inside or outside of the Park.  Take a look at our 
SECRET TOURS SHOP too so you can buy our unique one-of-a-kind Joshua Tree designs.  We have been locals for over 25 years and have made some fun t-shirts and other goodies that you’ll love that you can only get them here!  Everyone needs a fun t-shirt to remember their visit!

The JTVC is broken up into two halves, with one side dedicated to the gift shop and the other side filled with Park exhibits.  Our first clue to solve involves the tree of the hour, the Joshua Tree.  As you drive around the area, we want you to be able to guesstimate the age of the trees as you go, and we learn that right here in the JTVC.  There is an important little plaque inside the JTVC that teaches you how to know the age of a Joshua Tree just by looking at it! The plaque explains that the age of a Joshua Tree is found by dividing its height (in inches) by 1.5.  It also says that the tallest tree in the Park is 45′-tall.  We teach this to everyone on ALL of our tours!

What is the Age of the 45-tall Joshua Tree in years?
HINT: convert feet into inches first, then finish up the math…

The 45-tall Joshua Tree is 360-years-old!
45′ x 12″ / 1.5 = 360
So now that you know the mathematical details, you know that every 10-feet equals 80-years.  That’s a unique skill most don’t have or appreciate… 

You’ll later learn that the tallest tree is MUCH MUCH taller… although it’s no “Hyperion”.  HAHA!  You’ll learn what we are talking about… just you wait!


Coachella Party God aka _________?


TIME: 00:10

Welcome to the feet of the Coachella Party God.  We will warn you now, the Monument Manor neighborhood is private property and the roadways are also private property.  Yes, the roads.  They recently put signs in place to clearly mark the road as private and also have warnings that they will contact the police.  We are warning you now.  Do NOT try to drive up to the Coachella Party God.

Can you guess the HEIGHT AND WEIGHT of the Coachella Party God?  This beauty stands 16 feet tall and weighs in at a teensy 98,000 pounds.  This statue was shipped from Portugal to Coachella Fest, one of the most well-known and famous music festivals in the world.  Yes, “that” Coachella.  After taking center stage at Coachella in 2015, the Party God retired here in the desert.  

If you stand with your back against the Party God’s belly and look off into the distance, you’ll spot something odd… is that a full train peeking around the corner of that mountain?  YES!  There is a train museum that you can visit and camp amongst the trains.  How unique would that be!  Take a look at their web site by clicking HERE.

Time to learn your first CIPHER.  Our goal is turn every single one of you into a “Goonies”, “Indiana Jones”, “National Treasure”, “Fools’ Gold”, “Tomb Raider” fanatic and have the knowledge to solve any clue, puzzle, riddle, or cipher that may pop up on your life’s adventures.  Our first one is pretty easy.  It is called the ROT-13 Cipher, or the “rotate 13” cipher. Take a look at the picture below.  You will see that the alphabet breaks in half (13) perfectly so you just place the first 13 letters on top of the last 13 letters.  The cipher is made by writing the letter that is either above or below the letter you want to encipher.  For example, an “A” would become an “N”.  If you wanted to encipher and “N”, you would write an “A”.  This is a really basic cipher, but if you never heard of it, seeing the word “URYYB” instead of “HELLO” would confuse most people.


Decipher the following code word to reveal the Coachella Party God’s other name:


POUND CAT.  Our only guess is the name has something to do with the fact that Pound Cat can obviously pound 12oz cold beverages.


Are you ready to move on to LOCATION #3

There are 36 more locations to enjoy on this EPIC ADVENTURE!  Add the Virtual National Park Tour to your cart and check out.  You will gain access to the second half of the tour and see locations (3) through (38).  There is SO MUCH MORE to see and learn!  Trust us… you’re going to love it!  We share all of the secrets and history that will make you an absolute expert and will prepare you for your future visit.  PLUS, you will be learning all kinds of fun ciphers dating back to the Knights Templar and solving all kinds of clues, puzzles, and riddles.  It truly is like a virtual escape room meets a treasure hunt with a magical sprinkle of adventure travels all mashed into one.  Be a part of the .01% that know what the “LITTLE WILLIAM POEM” is all about and exactly where this secret location is inside the Park!   

After your purchase, you will have access to Part II of the Virtual National Park Tour and visit the (36) additional locations we have curated for you.  Don’t even hesitate… get underway on this glorious adventure today!  The instructions and links will be shown to you during checkout AND sent to you in an email.  PLUS, you can always use the chatbot to speak with us directly and ask us any questions you might have.

If you ever forget how to find Part II, you can always just type in the URL at:
or come back here to the free locations and click on the button below.  

We want to make sure you ALWAYS have quick access to this spectacular tour.  



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