Rock Climber at Joshua Tree National Park

Scaling Joshua Tree

Idyllwild instructor “afraid of heights” finds calling in Joshua Tree National Park.

Julie Pendray Hiking

Jim Dover says he was always afraid of heights. “I remember being in the elevator in the Eiffel Tower and being terrified.” Yet the Idyllwild outdoorsman is among thousands who visit Joshua Tree National Park each year to test themselves against massive quartz monzonite boulders. Scaling the boulders, one step at a time, is therapeutic in more than one way.