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This viewpoint is not to be missed as it offers a sweeping overview of the Coachella Valley from an elevation of 5,185 feet. A 0.2-mile loop trail leads up to the ridge, where you'll be able to look for sights including the Salton Sea, which is 230 feet below sea level; the Santa Rosa Mountains and the 10,800-foot San Jacinto Peak behind Palm Springs; and the San Andreas Fault, which runs 700 miles from the Gulf of California to the Mendocino Coast north of San Francisco. According to recent visitors, the views are awe-inspiring.

Keys View is located 20 minutes by car from Park Boulevard down Keys View Road. Access to the lookout is free. You can learn more about Keys View by visiting the NPS website.

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#1 Rock Climbing

Climbers flock to Joshua Tree from around the world to tackle the literally thousands of routes open to them. There are challenges for all ability levels, with more than 8,000 climbing routes, 2,000 boulder problems and hundreds of natural gaps to choose from. Because Joshua Tree has its own particular set of safety issues, from high temperatures to remote climbing spots, it pays to do your homework first. If you're unfamiliar with the park, you'll want to purchase a climbing guide and hiking map, which are available at park visitor centers and online.

Certified guides can also lead you on climbs and provide a great way to explore in safety. If you do hire a climbing guide, make sure that they are permitted to work in Joshua Tree National Park. Each guide is required to have rock guiding certifications through the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, the American Mountain Guides Association or similar organizations. They are also required to be certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR and must carry insurance.

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