Secret Tour XL
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Virtually visit all of the secret locations and learn the eccentric history of Joshua Tree...
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We love sharing Joshua Tree’s secrets and made this virtual tour for those of you who might not be able to travel to this remote desert area of Southern California. We also made it for those of you who are planning a trip here in the future! We turn you into an expert tour guide before you even 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, teach you different secret texts and ciphers, and then ask you questions in a quiz-like format. You will know the correct answer to each question instantly because each question ends with “CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ANSWER.”
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Take a good look at the map below because that is how far you are about to “virtually” travel on this EPIC Journey into the furthest reaches of Joshua Tree. Yes, that’s 260+ miles of driving and 12+ hours of your time! Massive right? You’re going to be a complete Joshua Tree Guru.
the layout for each location
Let's BEGIN Shall we?
Joshua Tree National Park
⬆️ this is a moveable 360-degree map ⬆️
Pinch and Spin at each location
JOSHUA TREE VISITOR CENTER: AGE OF THE JOSHUA TREE
TIME: 00:00 (time and mileage from the JTVC)
We begin all of our adventures, both “virtual” and “real-life”, right here at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center on Park Boulevard, aka the “JTVC.” It is found right in the heart of the Joshua Tree Visitor Village and we 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. Speaking of uniquely awesome trinkets, take a look at our SECRET TOURS SHOP too so you can buy our one-of-a-kind Joshua Tree designs. We have been locals for over 27+ years and have made some fun t-shirts and other goodies that you’ll love and 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 you learn that right here in the JTVC. You can see all of this above in our images and 360-degree view! There is an important little plaque here inside the JTVC that teaches you how to know the age of a Joshua Tree just by looking at it! People generally overlook this teensy plaque, so let’s learn this together. 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.
ON TO THE CLUE:
What is the Age of this 45-tall Joshua Tree in years?
The 45-tall Joshua Tree is 360-years-old!
45′ x 12″ / 1.5 = 360.
Did you know that when you find the 360-year-old tree in the Park, they have a plaque near it that says there are trees that are 500+ years old! That means the tallest trees are over 62′-tall! It’s no “Hyperion” but we will save that for the NATIONAL PARK VIRTUAL TOUR.
Space Cowboy Books
SPACE COWBOY BOOKS
If and when you come to visit Joshua Tree, you will for sure want to go on one of our real-life tours and a few of them have you visit Space Cowboy Books: the VILLAGE WALKING TOUR and THE SECRET TOUR XL/MINI. Our app will guide you to each location using GPS and you will solve puzzles, riddles, clues, and ciphers at each locations and interact with your surroundings. Let us give you a glimpse of what we mean!
Space Cowboy Books is a truly eccentric GEM of a location. The owner, Jean-Paul, is by all rights an alien from another universe. When you meet him, you will see what we mean. He also writes for the Desert Oracle, a local booklet/magazine about UFOs and the paranormal stories that surround the Joshua Tree desert. You’re going to love him! We do! Buy one of those bright yellow “Desert Oracle” booklets while you are there! Guess what he did for us? He allowed us to hide TWO secret book safes on his shelves. Yes. Legit book safes that you need to open with a secret combination and everything! When you are on our real-life tours, you will have to physically find them in the bookstore, open them both up, and use the contents to solve future clues. So much fun we can’t even go on enough! The combination to open the books is the answer to this clue.
ON TO THE CLUE:
Watch the video clip below from National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Pay close attention to what the location is… because the location is the combination. The answer to this clue is the 6-number combination in the proper order.
234786. The location is the destination. One of these days, we will create a tour in Washington DC and you KNOW we are going to include the Library of Congress. Hopefully they give us access to this area from the movie. HAHA!
Are you ready to embark on one of our virtual tours
The Virtual Village Walking Tour has (21) locations inside the Village. The Virtual National Park Tour has (38) locations inside the Park. The Virtual Secret Tour XL has a total of (38) locations outside of the Park. 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 how Howard Hughes, Johnny Depp, Gram Parsons, Jason Momoa, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, George Van Tassel, Aliens from Venus, Project Blue Book, John Lennon, The Eagles, Jim Morrison, and more are ALL connected to Joshua Tree!
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