Discover the Wonderland of Rocks            

Date/Time: Sunday, October 4, 8 am – Late Afternoon
Meet at: Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Fee: $50 JTNPA/PINE member $60 non member
Instructor: Mark Wheeler, M. S., Education, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide
Hike Level: Strenuous

Discover the Wonderland of Rocks:  The Wonderland of Rocks is a large labyrinth of granite formations and meandering corridors. It’s an easy place to get lost, but it’s also full of secret, picture-postcard settings, wide-eyed views, and any number of natural surprises.

Spend an enjoyable day hiking and scrambling through this rare place, feeling the rough texture of its timelessness underfoot and in the finger tips. More than just a day of outdoor adventure, this Desert Institute hike includes introductory instruction in how the Wonderland formed, why it looks the way it does, and how this unique environment helps support a diverse and interesting community of plants and animals.

Come prepared to hike seven to ten miles, depending on conditions, with occasional stops for rest, lunch and teachable moments. The route is cross-country and requires some scrambling and rock-hopping, none of it extended or technical.

Download the course outline:  Discover the Wonderland of Rocks Fall 2015

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.


If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.


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