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Palm Springs & Joshua Tree National Park AutoCamp Bike Tour

Adventures in the desert

Join us for days under the clear desert sky and nights in the heart of glamorous Palm Springs. Part luxury camping and part rooftop bar cocktail-sipping indulgence, our Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park AutoCamp Bike Tour is for those who don't want to choose. Relax in your very own modern Airstream at AutoCamp Joshua Tree, where you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the Mojave Desert just outside your door. Ride through the stunning landscapes and iconic scenes of Joshua Tree National Park and take in expansive views of the Coachella Valley. Then it's time to pack your bags for Palm Springs where you will take a guided architecture tour of hidden mid-century gems, enjoy the sunset from the rooftop pool of our downtown hotel, and cycle past views of snow-capped mountains, spiky cacti, bright succulents, and palm trees. It's a retro town born and raised by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack that feels vibrant and alive in a current style all its own. From s'mores over a fire pit at AutoCamp, to the wild beauty of the national park and the high style of Palm Springs, we invite you to soak in all that this desert paradise has to offer on an unforgettable cycling vacation. Book your trip with confidence » Experience Trek Travel with AutoCamp
Palm Springs & Joshua Tree National Park AutoCamp Bike Tour
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Trip Wows
Kick back in your very own modern, upscale Airstream at AutoCamp Joshua Tree
Experience Joshua Tree National Park and see the Cholla Cactus Garden, Keys View, and Jumbo Rocks
Unwind with a drink at the rooftop pool of your downtown Palm Springs hotel, the Kimpton Rowan
Take a guided architecture tour of Palm Springs by bike and soak in the mid-century style of this old- and new-era Hollywood getaway
Dine at some of Palm Springs' most sought-after restaurants, including the James Beard Award-winning Workshop Kitchen + Bar and relax at a private dinner in the Mojave Dome at AutoCamp
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Palm Springs & Joshua Tree National Park AutoCamp Bike Tour
AutoCamp Joshua Tree is the exciting newest addition to AutoCamp's collection of luxury camping properties. Its stylish decor, thoughtful design, and fantastic location make it a perfect jumping-off point for our days in Joshua Tree National Park. After AutoCamp, guests get to spend two nights in the glitz and glam of downtown Palm Springs, making for a great combination of stunning scenery, unique accommodations, and fantastic dining.
-Rebecca Falls, Trip Designer

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 30-minute shuttle, you'll arrive at the Whitewater Preserve. It's one of the greenest spots in the desert you've ever seen, with a quiet sparkling river that bisects the grounds. After a short round of introductions, your guides will then discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in the Coachella Valley before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Then, you'll head out on a ride back to town with the option to add the climb up to the aerial tramway station, once featured in the Tour of California. Take a break from the bike to enjoy lunch at Palm Greens Cafe, a local and natural foods restaurant located in downtown Palm Springs. After lunch you'll take a short stroll around the Moorten Botanical Garden where you can see and begin to learn about all of the local cacti growing outside and inside their one-of-a kind "Cacterium." Then you'll ride a few miles to The Rowan, where you can change out of your cycling clothes and prepare for the 50-minute shuttle to the town of Joshua Tree. Here you will find your own private Airstream in the desert at AutoCamp Joshua Tree. Take some time to settle into your unique modern suite, complete with private bath, kitchen space, and outdoor dining area. This first evening’s social hour and dinner will be a private affair, hosted in the Mojave Dome on-property. Get to know your fellow travelers over drinks and a catered meal as you take in the beauty of your first night in the desert.

Today's Ride:

Whitewater Preserve to Botanical Garden
Approximately 22 mi | 35 km and 110 ft | 33 m

Avid Option:

Whitewater Preserve to Botanical Garden with Tramway Climb
Approximately 28 mi | 45 km and 1,580 ft | 481 m

Today's Activity:

Visit Moorten Botanical Garden

Hotel:

AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Enjoy breakfast on your personal dining patio this morning before preparing for your first full day in Joshua Tree National Park. If today is your first visit to this exquisite area, be prepared to experience a landscape unlike any you have seen before. Today we will enjoy the northern side of the park, with a ride through some of its most notable areas and plenty of chances to see the iconic Joshua Tree. We'll start with a 20-minute shuttle to the Oasis Visitor's Center in Twentynine Palms, where you can decide where you would like for your ride to begin. If you're feeling up for a climb to start the day, you can begin at the park's North Entrance Station. Alternatively you may choose to begin at Skull Rock and take a moment to explore the nature trail here before taking off on your ride. Ascend to Keys View, which offers an amazing view of the valley, including a panorama of mountain ranges and the San Andreas Fault. We'll then make our way to Hidden Valley for lunch and eventually back to the town of Joshua Tree to check out the national park visitor's center and stroll around this funky town. You are on your own for dinner this evening so you'll have time to explore town on your own or maybe take advantage of the on-property food truck. Kick back at the outdoor pool (which is heated to convert to a spa during colder months) and bar or gather around the communal fire pits under the stars.

Today's Ride:

Skull Rock to Joshua Tree with Keys View
Approximately 35 mi | 56 km and 1,480 ft | 451 m

Short Option:

Skull Rock to Hidden Valley with Keys View
Approximately 21 mi | 33 km and 1,260 ft | 384 m

Avid Option:

Twentynine Palms to Joshua Tree with Keys View
Approximately 42 mi | 67 km and 2,910 ft | 886 m

Hotel:

AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today we'll get acquainted with another side of Joshua Tree National Park. After packing up at AutoCamp, our day starts with a 40-minute shuttle to the Jumbo Rocks campground. We'll jump on our bikes and ride 14 miles to the Cholla Cactus Garden for a chance to hike through the cactus that can bite back. Along the way, stop for a quick walk at White Tank to see Arch Rock and wander among the immense granite boulders. The ride from the cactus garden to Cottonwood through the Pinto Basin is a long gradual climb as you head toward the south entrance of the park. We'll meet for a boxed lunch before transferring to your final hotel. This afternoon's shuttle to Palm Springs will take about one hour. Check into your downtown oasis at the Rowan Palm Springs and relax at the beautiful rooftop pool with a good book. Take advantage of the hotel's daily complimentary sunset wine hour (with local beer also) before enjoying a group dinner at Birba, a local establishment with a lively patio featuring fresh Italian dishes.

Today's Ride:

Jumbo Rocks to Cottonwood
Approximately 34 mi | 54 km and 1,800 ft | 548 m

Short Option:

Jumbo Rocks to Cholla Cactus Garden
Approximately 14 mi | 22 km and 290 ft | 88 m

Hotel:

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we have a quintessentially Palm Springs day in store. Our morning begins with an on-bike tour of the world-renowned architecture of Palm Springs with a local architecture expert. This relaxed morning ride will showcase the history and culture surrounding mid-century modern architecture in southern California as we pass by celebrity homes of then and now. After taking in this fascinating tour, you may choose to add more miles through the wind farm north of town, or explore downtown Palm Springs for lunch on your own. This afternoon offers a chance to shop, visit museums, head out to Tahquitz Canyon for a hike, or indulge yourself with an in-room massage (please note that spa visits are not included in the price of your trip). Later you'll join the group at the rooftop pool and bar of the Rowan. Raise a glass at the stylish High Bar as you take in stunning views over downtown and toast your week in this beautiful region. Then, it's time to stroll to a final dinner and drinks at Workshop Kitchen + Bar. Located in the Uptown Palm Springs Design District, this 2015 James Beard Award-winning restaurant for Best Restaurant Design features a market-driven menu comprised of seasonal food highlights harvested from local farms.

Today's Ride:

Palm Springs Historic Loop
Approximately 15 mi | 24 km and 500 ft | 152 m

Avid Option for Additional Miles:

Palm Springs Wind Farm Return
Approximately 34 mi | 54 km and 1,390 ft | 423 m

Today's Activity:

Private Guided On-Bike Architecture Tour

Hotel:

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner with Drinks

Sadly, it's one more for the road as we say goodbye to the swanky life in Palm Springs. Take a spin through the south side of town and onto the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation for a view of Palm Canyon. This sacred land has been home to the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians for nearly 5,000 years and supplied the original namesake for the Palm Springs region. Afterwards, we'll ride back to the hotel for final goodbyes and a brief shuttle to the Palm Springs International Airport.

Today's Ride:

Indian Canyons Loop
Approximately 17 mi | 27 km and 570 ft | 173 m

Hotel:

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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AutoCamp Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree, California

Explorer Accommodation | AutoCamp's newest property, located just outside the West Gate of Joshua Tree National Park in the heart of the Joshua Tree community, is an oasis of modern style in the desert. The property was mindfully designed for minimal impact on the surroundings, incorporating ecological water usage, solar power, and dark sky-compliant lighting to enhance the clear view of the stars. Anchored by a Quonset Hut-inspired Clubhouse, outfitted with mid-century design details and featuring an outdoor pool and bar, this airy campus invites relaxation and community. When you are ready to retire, you'll retreat to your own modern Airstream suite, complete with a fully-functional kitchenette, a queen bed with luxurious linens, a bright sitting room, private bathroom with rain shower, and a panoramic window that takes in the natural beauty of the surrounding Mojave Desert. You can also enjoy your private patio, where you can sit by the fire pit with a glass of wine or enjoy your breakfast and coffee al fresco in the crisp mornings.
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The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Luxury Accommodation | Right in the heart of Palm Springs, the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs is a stylish oasis in the midst of downtown's bustling shopping and restaurant scene. Relax beside the only rooftop pool in town and take in views of the towering San Jacinto Mountains from the rooftop bar and fire pits. Enjoy the signature Kimpton daily sunset wine hour, onsite fitness center, complimentary yoga mats, and cruiser bikes for exploring town. This beautiful property, located about five minutes from the Palm Springs Airport, makes a fabulous home base for exploring all that downtown and uptown Palm Springs has to offer.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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New Trek Domane SL 7 in 2023

New for 2023! Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane is the best way to enjoy the ride. Trek Bikes just launched the all-new Trek Domane and you can ride it on trips in 2023. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels come standard on every bike. The road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology lets you ride as long as you want with less fatigue. The bike you ride on a biking vacation matters. That is why we provide the newest and best bikes in the business. Available starting in 2023 trips. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at handpicked properties
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Two social hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres plus one dinner with beer and wine included
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, a flat pack (containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator), front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we recommend $200-$250 per guest. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or Venmo or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip. 
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
40 kilometers / 25 miles
TOTAL MILES:
197 kilometers / 123 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
269 meters / 882 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
1,344 meters / 4,410 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain ranges from flat to rolling with some longer climbs in the national park on Days 2 and 3. Downtown Palm Springs is an urban environment and the rides that start and/or finish at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs feature some urban riding on roads with traffic, although roads with bike lanes are used as much as possible. Our Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park trip is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, provided these riders are comfortable with the urban-style riding as described above. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Lounge by the hotel pool
  • Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Hike through numerous preserves, Mount San Jacinto State Park or Joshua Tree National Park
  • Book an Architecture Tour
  • Visit Botanical Gardens
  • Indulge yourself with a Spa Treatment or Massage

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads, or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
MEETING TIME:
8:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, Palm Springs, California

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:15 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Palm Springs International Airport

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend you fly into Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) which was named one of "America's Most Stress-Free Airports" by Smarter Travel.

Palm Springs International Airport is located two miles east of downtown Palm Springs. Taxis run regularly to and from downtown Palm Springs for about $15, and take about 10-15 minutes.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel (100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California 92262) at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Please arrive dressed in your cycling clothes with your cycling gear easily accessible in a daybag, separate from your luggage. Please bring along some shoes for exploring the Moorten Botanical Garden in your daybag as well as a change of clothes for the post-ride shuttle to AutoCamp. Next, a 30-minute shuttle will bring you to the Whitewater Preserve where your guides will lead a short round of introductions and give an orientation and safety talk. They will make sure you have a comfortable fit on your Trek bike before heading out on today's ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our pickup hotel, the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs (760-904-5015) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost approximately $15.

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Leaving

A shuttle will take you from the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs at 11:00 AM to the Palm Springs International Airport, arriving at approximately 11:15 AM.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

In October, you can expect generally sunny weather with an average high temperature of 90 degrees and lows in the low 60s; these numbers drop by about 10 degrees in November. Daytime temperatures are 10-15 degrees cooler on the north side of Joshua Tree National Park, where you will spend the second and third days of the trip. Due to the significant temperature differences between morning and mid-day (and between Palm Springs and the north side of the park) we suggest dressing in layers and be sure to bring your cool-weather cycling gear for the higher elevations of the park. Since the weather can vary greatly from week to week we strongly suggest checking the weather forecast right before your trip so you can pack appropriately. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Palm Springs, California

The desert unfolds into an oasis, both quirky and stylish, rustic, and glam. Palm Springs is a lesson in history, architecture, art, Hollywood, and the birth of the cool. Here, eclectic artists, hipsters, naturists, retirees, and those simply looking for a weekend escape from Los Angeles blend on the streets, in the stylish restaurants, and around the inviting pools and gardens of chic hotels. There's no place like Palm Springs and we think that's a fantastic reason to visit. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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