Page Type: Area/Range
Lat/Lon: 34.00941°N / 116.05554°W
Activities: Trad Climbing
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 4000 ft / 1219 m


Note: Joshua Tree National Park is tremendously large and includes thousands of rock formations. The purpose of this page is to bring some sense of organization to many "Mountain & Rock" pages I have posted for the past two years. This particular page may be considered as a mini "Area & Range" page that will be attached to the main Joshua Tree page as a child.


Pinto Basin is a very large area in Joshua Tree National Park, California. The greatest concentration of the rock formations, however, are located in the vicinity of Split Rocks parking lot. There are some more formations around the Jumbo Rocks Campground, Belle Campground, White Tank and Stirrup Tank areas. In addition, there are some more formations at greater distances from the Split Rocks parking lot area. I have never done any climbing on these outlying formations, and have no first hand knowledge about them. If you have first hand information about any of the areas mentioned above, please feel free to add them to the "Additions & Corrections" of this page.


Getting to the main area:

Parking Lot Rocks
Protecting native plantsSaving native plants

From the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park drive on Park Boulevard, formerly known as Quail Springs Road, for about nine miles to a major rock formation called “Intersection Rock.” Intersection Rock is a major landmark on the north side of Quail Springs Road with ample parking for visitors and climbers alike. This rock, true to its name, sit at the cross roads to “Hidden Valley Campground”, Barker Dam Road and the road to “Day use and picnic” area. From Intersection Rock drive another 9.6 miles on Park Boulevard to it’s intersection with Split Rocks Road. Turn left and drive to the end of the road. This is a “Day Use Area. There is a bathroom just to the south of the parking lot.

Isles In The Sky

Isles In The Sky
Routes of the upper face

Select Routes of Isles In The Sky
ANectar, 5.4, crack
Bdead Bees, 5.9, runout
CDolphin, 5.7, crack
DBird of Fire, 10a, standard Rack, lots of small to medium
ERites of Spring, 5.9, crack

Rubicon Rock

Rubicon Rock

Rubicon Rock
Me seconding Rubicon after...
Cactus on the base of Rubicon Rock

Future Games Rock

Future Games Rock

Routes of Future Games Rock
Games Without FrontiersKris Solem on Games Without Frontiers, 13a/b

AExploding Brown Nodules, 11c
BOrno-Necro 11c, gear, small to 2.5 inches
CTheraputic Tyranny, 11a , gear, small to 4 inches
DThe Bendix Claws, 11a, gear, small to 4 inches, one bolt
EHang'em High, 12b, gear, thin to 2 inches, 3 bolts and fixed pin
FContinuum, 5.8, standard rack, gear up to 3 inches
GGames Without Frontiers, 13a/b, gear, very thin to thin to small, need to be very creative, 3 bolts
HInvisibility Lessons, 5.9, gear, Standard rack up to 2.5 inches
IDisappearing Act, 10c, Gear, thin to small, four bolts

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

select routes of Grand Canyon
AMidnight Lumber, 10d, 1 bolt, standard rack
BThe Woodshed, 11d, bolt, standard rack, many thin pieces
CGarnd Canyon Donkey Trail, 10a, bolts
Black lineEvery Which Way But Up, 12b, RUNOUT, 4 bolts, thin to medium pro

Split Rocks Parking Lot

Split Rocks Parking Lot

Split Dome
Select Routes
Split Rocks area

select routes of Split Rocks Parking Lot area
AIn And Out, 5.9, Off-Width, big pro
BBig Boy, 5.9, hand crack
CUnknown, 5.8, bolts
DWorthy of It, 5.8, crack, standard pro
EEnvironmental-Oil President, 10c, bolts and gear

Conan's Corridor 5.8-10d by Dow Williams

Conan's Corridor

Gem, 5.8

Stirrup Towers by Dow Williams

Stirrup Towers 5.8-10a

Stirrup Tank