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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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great ranger-led tour

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gomez22
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Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
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117 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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710 reviews
297 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

First step is acquiring tickets for the ranger tour only available from the Oasis visitor center the morning of the tour! The tours are done on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and limited to 25 visitors per tour. The only way you can reliably get tickets is to join the queue at the Oasis visitor center at 7:45am the morning of... More 

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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285 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

I ended my adventures through Joshua Tree NP with the Keys Ranch tour, which was very interesting. Note: Tickets must be purchased at the Oasis Visitors Center in Twentynine Palms. I'd advise arriving to the visitors center around 8:30 am, and waiting for the center to open; a ranger will see who's waiting to purchase tickets and will write down... More 

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Massachusetts
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181 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

You need to book the Keys Ranch tour in advance since only a limited amount of people are allowed in. You meet up with the tour guide 15 minutes before your tour, do not be late. It is an interesting tour letting you gain some insight to William Keys, his story and the story of Keys Ranch. You basically are... More 

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1 Thank Linda P
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Very interesting tour to learn about the Keys family's way of life and how they thrived in the desert.

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Saint Johns, Michigan
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

The tour takes you in the NP with a guide. Park Ranger Dave D. had a great way about telling the history of Keys Ranch and stops at each area of interest and describes what the history was on the building, machines, garden, trees etc. The tour is strictly on-foot so you will want to wear comfortable shoes, water and... More 

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Joshua Tree, California
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185 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016

The Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour is listed as a National Historic Register Site, the property is located in a remote, rocky canyon in Joshua Tree National Park. The owner, William Keys moved to Joshua Tree in 1910 to work as a minor and over time established his own 80 acre ranch It's interesting to see their house and the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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136 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The ranch is only accessible with a guided tour by a Joshua Tree NP ranger. I did my homework on the US Park Service website and found out about this 10am Sunday morning tour, and am so glad I did. Ranger Sarah Jane took us on a very interesting walk through this beautiful and historic area. The history came alive... More 

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1 Thank Rowdy G
Cerritos, California
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24 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

I loved this tour. The guide was very informative, and somehow I was interested in the history of the Keys' Ranch! :P I especially liked the parts where the guide told us about all the innovations of Mr. Keys. I visited this in 2012.

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1 Thank Schwarzschild
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

I took my children to see this at the ages of 7 and 9. Both of them were very interested in the story of Bill Keys and his ranch. Be sure to book a tour if you are in the Joshua Tree area. It's affordable and very informative.

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