Explore southeastern California's Mojave Desert by bike and experience its arid desert landscapes. You'll ride through Joshua Tree National Park, the Anza-Borrego Desert, and Yaqui Pass, rewarding yourself with breathtaking views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains, and the Yucca Valley.


  • Ride winding roads past the San Jacinto mountains to Indian Wells
  • Explore Joshua Tree National Park by bike, counting the joshua trees
  • Cycle through the badlands of the Anza-Borrego Desert
  • Descend the steep  "Glass Elevator" of Montezuma Road  

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Palm Springs; Cycle to Indian Wells  Indian Wells
Day 2 Cycle Joshua Tree National Park  Indian Wells
Day 3 Cycle to Borrego Springs Borrego Springs
Day 4 Free day Borrego Springs
Day 5 Borrego Springs  Borrego Springs
Day 6 Cycle the Yaqui Pass Loop; Transfer to Palm Springs; Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Palm Springs - Cycle to Indian Wells 

Enjoy the winding desert road as you work your way to Indian Wells
Enjoy the winding desert road as you work your way to Indian Wells

Meet your guide in the desert resort town of Palm Springs and gear up for a gentle ride through the desert to your hotel in Indian Wells. Warm your muscles as you acclimate to the desert landscape, admiring the San Jacinto mountains. There is the added option to extend the days ride to thoroughly work the legs if you're so inclined. Though you may wish to rest your legs for tomorrows big day!

Cycling distance: 30-50 miles (48.2-80.5 km)

Day 2: Cycle Joshua Tree National Park

California - Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua trees and sage plants dot the desert floor

Meet your guide and drive to the border of Joshua Tree National Park for a full day of exploring the park by bicycle. Begin in the small town of Joshua Tree and pedal through the west entrance of the park, tackling a series of gentle hills as you ascend to Arch Rock. Stop for a picnic lunch, enjoying the all-encompassing view of the joshua trees that carpet the Yucca Valley desert floor. From there, descend into Pinto Basin and continue to the Cottonwood Visitor Center at the park's southern entrance to meet your driver.

Return to your hotel to relax tired muscles, perhaps in your hotel's pool, before meeting your group for a warm meal.

Cycling distance: 53-67 miles (85.3-107.8 km)

Day 3: Cycle to Borrego Springs

Anza-Borrego Desert
Anza-Borrego Desert

Leave Indian Wells behind to head south through Coachella Valley to your hotel in Borrego Springs. Cycle underneath tall date palms and through the countryside toward the Salton Sea before turning west through the badlands of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Arrive in Borrego Springs, an oasis of a town that sits between the Anza-Borrego Desert and the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

Cycling distance: 28-75 miles (45-121 km)

Day 4: Free day

Trek through the Anza-Borrego State Park
Trek through the Anza-Borrego State Park

Today is yours to spend as you choose. You may like to explore Borrego Springs, visit the Borrego Art Institute and its desert gardens, or stay in and relax at your hotel. If you're up for another day of physical adventure, there is the option to ride along the desert floor to the Anza-Borrego State Park before switching gears for an easy hike of the area.

Cycling distance: 29-51 (46.7-82.1 km)

Day 5: Cycle Borrego Springs circuit

Follow Montezuma Road
Follow Montezuma Road

Today you will have the opportunity to tackle the Borrego Springs circuit. Though there are shorter options available, the ambitious can take on the 11-mile climb up Montezuma Road to Ranchita. This segment is known as the "Glass Elevator" because of its unobstructed views of the desert floor as you work your way up the steep incline. Enjoy views of the desert landscape as you rest your legs speeding down the epic descent.

Cycling distance: 30-50 miles (48.3-80.5 km)

Day 6: Cycle Yaqui Pass Loop - Depart Palm Springs 

View of Yaqui Pass in Anza-Borrego State Park
View of Yaqui Pass in Anza-Borrego State Park

Spend your last morning challenging yourself on one final ride, a loop of the Yaqui Pass. You will have time to shower and change before checking out of your hotel and meeting your driver to return to Palm Springs, in time for your evening departure flight. 

Cycle distance:  22 miles (35.4 km)


Map of Mojave Desert Bike Tour - 6 Days
Map of Mojave Desert Bike Tour - 6 Days