Joshua Tree Half Marathon

Saturday, November 4, 2023 Joshua Tree, CA

Joshua Tree Half Marathon course in Joshua Tree, CA

A favourite amongst thousands, the Joshua Tree Half Marathon is the ideal race to cap off your running season in style. 

Large Crowds, Trail Runners, Scenic Views. Located in Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground, the Joshua Tree Half Marathon is a sandy looping trail course that focuses on offering beautiful scenery throughout.

While the course itself may not be the most scenic, the environment in which it is held at nighttime creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere filled with clear skies and stars along the open desert land, with horizon views of the canyons.

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While the course itself is well-marked, it remains the runner’s responsibility to ensure that they navigate it properly. Challenging, this course takes runners through the Mojave Desert near Copper Mountain.

Starting at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground, runners head down Sunfair Road. It’s then onto the dirt roads which comprise the majority of the course. With several climbs and rolling hills throughout, runners will ultimately reach Mt. Shasta Avenue before turning onto Sonora Road. 

From there, it’s a downhill to the finish line.

As a waste-free race, runners are required to bring their own reusable water bottles for fillup throughout the course. Ex​​clusive Joshua Tree Marathon merchandise will be available both at the race expo and near the finish line! When possible,

Race Weather & Climate

Joshua Tree, California, is a desert community situated in San Bernardino County, approximately 130 miles east of Los Angeles. Nestled near Joshua Tree National Park, this area is known for its unique landscapes, artistic community, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Its remote location in the high desert makes it an appealing destination for nature enthusiasts and artists seeking a distinctive and tranquil environment.

On November 4th in Joshua Tree, CA, you can expect an average high temperature of about 75°F and an average low temperature of around 50°F. This date falls in late autumn, characterized by pleasant and mild weather. Rainfall during this time is typically minimal, with averages around 0.1-0.3 inches.

Joshua Tree Half Marathon Race Results

Joshua Tree Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Joshua Tree Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 6:00 PM PST.

The time limit for the half marathon is 4 hours.


To reserve your spot in the 2023 Joshua Tree Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

There is a $159.00 fee for the half marathon.

Joshua Tree Half Marathon Race Website

Joshua Tree Half Marathon Website

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