Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Walks

Here's a look at our Top 10 favorite Nature Walks at Joshua Tree National Park.

Arch Rock, .5-mile loop
Starting point: White Tank Campground, opposite site 9
Features: geology, including a natural arch

Barker Dam, 1.3-mile loop
Starting Point: just north of the Barker Dam parking area
Features: water tank built by early cattle ranchers

Cap Rock, .4-mile loop
Starting Point: Cap Rock parking area, Park Blvd. and Keys View Rd. junction
Features: accessible; boulder piles, Joshua trees and other Mojave Desert plants

Cottonwood Spring, 1 mile
Starting Point: Cottonwood Spring parking area
Features: palm oasis, cottonwood trees, plants and animals of the Colorado Desert

Hidden Valley, 1-mile loop
Starting Point: Hidden Valley picnic area
Features: rock-enclosed valley rumored to have been used by cattle rustlers

Hi-View, 1.3-mile loop
Starting Point: Northwest of Black Rock Campground
Features: views of Mt. San Gorgonio

Indian Cove, .6-mile loop
Starting Point: West end of Indian Cove Campground
Features: plants, including desert willows and Mojave yuccas, animals and Indian habitation

Keys View, .25-mile loop
Starting Point: Keys View
Features: views of the San Andreas Fault, Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. San Gorgonio and the Salton Sea

Oasis of Mara, .5-mile loop
Starting Point: Oasis Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms
Features: accessible; introduces an oasis habitat used extensively by the area’s early residents

Skull Rock, 1.5-mile loop
Starting Point: Jumbo Rocks Campground
Features: boulder piles, desert washes, and a rock formation known as Skull Rock