Bicycle riding in the Morongo Basin Joshua Tree area offers opportunities for road bikes mountain bikes and BMX. The road rides offer sparkly traveled conditions through scenic terrain. The conditions off the paved road can be sandy. However some these sandy roads firm up briefly with winter and late summer rains. The winter season offers cool conditions. Summer rides are best early in the morning and late afternoon. Both times of day offer great light conditions. Trails are listed as strenuous (S), moderately strenuous (MS), moderate (M), and easy (E).
Joshua Tree National Park Bike Trails
The park offers both road and mountain bike trails. Bike riding in the Joshua Tree National Park is for the most part restricted to roads open to vehicles. The park's new Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan designates approximately 29 miles of trails for non-motorized bike use, however, the new trails cannot be used until Congress gives its approval there are a few mountain bike trails open that are not open to cars.
- The main road through the Park is a terrific road bike ride. It can be accessed through both the west and eastern park entrances. (M)
- California Riding and Hiking Trail - 7.0 miles one way (M-MS)
- Old Lost Horse Road Trail - 5 miles one way (E)
- Old Queen Valley Historic Road Trail - 4.75 miles one way (E)
- Thermal Canyon Bike Trail - 10 miles one way (S)
- Old Dale Road, a 23 mile 37.3 kilometer road. The 1st 11 miles cross the pinto basin a flat sandy dry lakebed.
Then a steep climb crosses the park boundary. A number of side roads go off to old mines and residences.
The main road leads to Hiway 62 in 29 Palms.
- Geology tour road. An 18 mile road that can be sandy.
- Black eagle mine road.
Other Morongo Basin Bicycle Riding opportunities
- Pipes Canyon, Road bikes. (MS) Yucca Valley-Pioneer Town
This is a lightly traveled 15-mile paved secondary road that travels
through some beautiful Mojave terrain surrounded by mountain vistas.
The ride begins on Pioneer town road and Highway 62 in western Yucca Valley
and ascends up two steep but short climbs through the saw Tooth
Mountains into the historic old movie set location of Pioneer Town.
The ride then levels out and heads north, northeast through a rich Joshua Tree forest coming
out in north Yucca Valley on Highway 247. It can also be ridden the opposite direction.
- Sky line Ranch Road, - Mountain bikes. (MS) Yucca Valley, Pioneer town. Uphill start from Pioneer town road just south of Pappy and Harriet's road house 45 minutes through moderate climb and moderately sandy conditions. Finishes at 247 in North Yucca Valley. Hooks up with Pipes canyon road ride in Pioneer town.
Coyote BMX track Yucca Valley 760 228 0777
29 Palms BMX 361 4008
- Carry plenty of water, at least one gallon per person per day two for extended or uphill trips.
- Wear a helmet. If you take a spill your brain will thank you.
- Ride with caution: Park roads are narrow with sandy shoulders, bumps, and potholes.
- Watch for RVs and trucks with e x t e n d e d side-view mirrors.
- Wear reflective clothing after dark.