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Geology Tour Road

Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500
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Great 4 wheel drive trail

Only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles, the Geology Tour Road is worth taking if you have at... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
Highlight of the Trip

I drove the Geology Tour Road loop (NOT Berdoo Canyon Road) in your basic off the shelf AWD/4WD 7... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Minneapolis, MN
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For four wheel drive vehicles only, this challenging road offers some sweeping panoramic views.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

Only suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles, the Geology Tour Road is worth taking if you have at least a half day just for it. A bit challenging at time, it offers great views on a less travelled section of Joshua Tree National park. Pack...More

Thank ochassot
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I drove the Geology Tour Road loop (NOT Berdoo Canyon Road) in your basic off the shelf AWD/4WD 7 passenger rental car and it was absolutely fine. The first and last 5 miles at Squaw Tank are like driving with tire chains on, just bumpy....More

Thank mntraveler35
Reviewed 9 February 2017

4x4 is recommended, but not required. Any truck or SUV should be able to make the drive, with a little smart driving. Some sedans could make the drive. Very neat to see the various terrain and landscapes. Fun drive, very neat to see! Highly recommend,...More

1  Thank tazman1099
Reviewed 17 October 2016

One of my favorite drives in the park! I have a Jeep Wrangler, and like other reviewers have said, I would not take a 2WD vehicle on the full drive. You can get as far as about Squaw Tank before things get dicy. It's an...More

4  Thank Peter B
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I drove through Geology Tour Road to Berdoo Canyon Road to park exit yesterday. Berdoo Canyon Road was like mini version of Titus Canyon in Death Valley, except it's not a one-way. It was very pleasant ride as I didn't encounter any other vehicles even...More

4  Thank Benny H
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My husband wanted to have some off-road fun as he recently purchased a Jeep Wrangler. I found the Geology Trail and Berdoo Canyon Road. It looks like a short cut to Palm Spring area. Another family traveling with us, they have a Honda Pilot. With...More

2  Thank Mary C
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Interesting trail, but only the first half is accessible without a 4-wheel drive vehicle..... and even if you are equipped and able to attempt the 2nd half, you'd have to be comfortable with risking some damage to the car.

1  Thank Caversham04
Reviewed 26 May 2016

The guideed trail (don't forget to get the pamphlet) is interesting in giving you some of the park's geological history. We didn;t make it past marker 9 as our vehicle wasn't suitable. Just be aware that 4WD is highly recommended past marker 6 when the...More

Thank YVRcockroach
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Although I wouldn't take my wife's sedan on the Geology Road, it could probably make it.... at least to the 9 marker. Pick up a map at the beginning so you know what you're looking at. This was a neat drive as the geology along...More

1  Thank OregonStrider
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

This is about 2 hours long and forms a loop so you end up back where you started. It is relatively untraveled so you can get away from the crowds at the other attractions. There are identified points of interest so you are recommended to...More

2  Thank Sandy M
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