Ranch Tour

Desert Queen Ranch
Ranch house and well

David Glasglow

Join us on a ranger-led tour and learn about the cultural history of Keys Ranch. Topics may include Native American history, mining, ranching, homesteading, the Keys family, and the site’s transition into a protected historical site.

Visiting the Ranch

The property is located in a remote, rocky canyon in Joshua Tree National Park. To preserve its historic character, admission to the ranch is restricted to guided walking tours. The tours are a half-mile in length and last 90 minutes. Group size is limited.

Tour Schedule

Tours are typically held from October - May and are not available during the hot summer months. For current program schedule visit our Calendar page.


Tickets are required and can be reserved ahead of time on Recreation.gov.

Keys Ranch tours cost $10 per person aged 12 and over and $5 for children 6 to 11. Children under six are admitted free. Senior and Access Pass (Golden Age and Golden Access passport) holders pay $5. Please note: Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather.

These tour fees do not include the park entrance fee.

  • Tickets can be booked up to 60 days in advance.
  • Maximum of 10 people per party (subject to availability).
  • Reservations are required and can be made on recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777


To find the ranch, pass the entrance to Hidden Valley Campground, turn left at the Y-intersection, follow the road approximately two miles to the locked gate. Your guide will meet you there. (See map.) Please arrive at the ranch gate 15 minutes prior to your tour.

Safety & Comfort

Sturdy walking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, and a hat will add to your comfort. Dress in layers to be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Smoking and eating are not allowed during the tour. Camcorders and cameras are permitted but camera tripods are not. (You may inquire about special tours for photographers and other artists.)
Dogs are not permitted on this program.

Last updated: February 15, 2023

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74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


760 367-5500

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