Joshua Tree National Park Tours

Joshua Tree National Park

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. The story of William F. Keys and his family is particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. 

The ranger-guided tour of the Keys Ranch (aka “Desert Queen Ranch”) includes the colorful story of the 60 years Bill and Frances spent working together to make a life and raise their five children in this remote location. The ranch house, school house, store, and workshop still stand; the orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story.

Keys Ranch tours are currently offered Thursday through Sunday, year-round except for the hottest summer months (May, June, July and August). Tours may not be available on some holidays such as Christmas Day. Reservations are available up to 60 days in advance and until the day before the tour.

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. The story of William F. Keys and his family is particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. 

The ranger-guided tour of the Keys Ranch (aka “Desert Queen Ranch”) includes the colorful story of the 60 years Bill and Frances spent working together to make a life and raise their five children in this remote location. The ranch house, school house, store, and workshop still stand; the orchard has been replanted; and the grounds are full of the cars, trucks, mining equipment, and spare parts that are a part of the Desert Queen Ranch story.

Keys Ranch tours are currently offered Thursday through Sunday, year-round except for the hottest summer months (May, June, July and August). Tours may not be available on some holidays such as Christmas Day. Reservations are available up to 60 days in advance and until the day before the tour.

Need to Know

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Tour reservations can be booked up to 60 days in advance. Advance tour reservations end at 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone) prior to tour date. No walk up tickets are available. Due to temperature extremes, tours may not be available in May, June, July and August.

Changes and Cancellations

Cancellations must be done at least 48 hours before your scheduled tour time for a full refund less the non-refundable per-ticket reservation fee. Refunds will not be given for tours cancelled or modified less than 48 hours before the scheduled tour time.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

74485 National Park Drive Twentynine Palms CA 92277-3597

Phone Number

760-367-5522

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