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For four wheel drive vehicles only, this challenging road offers some...

For four wheel drive vehicles only, this challenging road offers some sweeping panoramic views.

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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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. The loop had some rocks, but not a problem. Do pay attention, however, as I... More 

Thank mntraveler35
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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, I would certainly return to this site my next visit to Joshua Tree.

1 Thank tazman1099
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 easy drive in a Jeep, and honestly, I've driven GTR many times, all different times... More 

4 Thank Peter B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 though it was Columbus day weekend. Our family even took one hour lunch break along... More 

4 Thank Benny H
Manhattan Beach, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 the sign of "Drive at your own risk" and "4X4 only" read, we were expecting... More 

2 Thank Mary C
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank Caversham04
Planet Insectia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
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 road descends. I could barely make it back up in a Jeep (2WD only, would... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
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 the way is so interesting. There are a few rough spots after the 9 marker.... More 

1 Thank OregonStrider
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 get a copy of the trail map from the visitor centre. It is recommended to... More 

2 Thank Sandy M
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Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

We missed the geology tour part - I guess we weren't looking hard enough for the 16 markers - but the fun on Berdoo Canyon more than made up for it. As another reviewer wrote, there were a few areas we had to get out and look at the terrain/rocks to figure out the best approach. If you're wanting a... More 

4 Thank aimster71

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