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Keys Ranch

Keys Ranch Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
+1 760-367-5500
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A Lot of History

If you want to see some of the ranching history of the park, this is a great place to stop. It is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
noworries2000
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Federal Way, Washington
The tour to Keys Ranch was a favorite part of the park for us

Yes, you do need to make reservations at the visitor center and be there when it opens since only... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
unclelouie
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Minnesota
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“locked gate” (5 reviews)
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Keys Ranch Road, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to see some of the ranching history of the park, this is a great place to stop. It is also very close to the Barker Dam trail. If you can get tickets to the ranger tour, take advantage of it. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, you do need to make reservations at the visitor center and be there when it opens since only the first 25 can do the tour. The tours are hours later but there's plenty in the park to keep you busy but don't be late...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A little effort is needed to get tickets for the Ranger tour of Keys Ranch, but I thought it was well worth it for anyone who enjoys learning about the history of the park. In early March, there was one tour, limited to 25 people,...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Tickets are sold by meeting at the Oasis Visitor Center by 8 am - each person takes a ticket and the visitor center opens at 8:30. Our tour did sell out (25 people max). The tour starts at 2 pm and is scheduled to run...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

This is a great way to spend an afternoon, if you wish to learn about the park's history and see some interesting artifacts. As of February 2018, tours are limited to 25 people per day, Thursdays through Sundays. You have to line up at the...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Our Marana, AZ hiking clubs were given a private tour of the Keys Ranch inside Joshua Tree National Park. There is a public tour every Thursday, but the rangers did not want our group of 22 taking up all the spaces on the public tour....More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

To get to Keys Ranch you have to take a Park Ranger guided tour. It's well worth it and you'll learn a lot about how the ranchers lived in the Old West.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

If you are interested in the ‘history’ part of an old homestead, this tour is for you. We were interested in getting pictures of some of the old machinery/vehicles on the property. We could have gotten the pictures we were interested in, in 20 minutes....More

Thank freedom212121
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

The Keys Ranch was definitely a highlight of my visit to Joshua Tree National Park. As part of an organized photography workshop, our group was given special night time access to the park which was absolutely amazing. It should be noted that except for special...More

Thank VirginiaTraveler805
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Get in line early on the day they offer tickets for this ranger-led tour. They only allow a handful of people. The tour is outside, involves some walking, and is extremely interesting! Plus, its a photographic jack-pot, so many great subjects to take pictures of.

1  Thank Gomez22
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