Some Hiking Trails
Joshua Tree offers an extensive network of trails of varying length and difficulty. Here are a few day hikes to consider.
California Riding and Hiking Trail Thirty-five miles of the California Riding and Hiking Trail pass through pinyon/juniper forests, Joshua tree forests and creosote-dominated lowlands. You can access the trail at Black Rock Campground, Upper Covington Flats, Ryan Campground, Twin Tanks parking, and just south of north entrance. Two to three days are required to hike the entire length but shorter hikes of 4, 6.7, or 11 miles (6.4, 10.7, or 17.6 km) are possible. If you will be out overnight you will need to park and register at a backcountry registration board.
Boy Scout Hiking and Equestrian Trail
The trail extends eight miles from the Indian Cove backcountry registration board through a sandy wash, climbing through steep mountains and rocky canyons as it winds around the western edge of the Wonderland of Rocks to the Keys West backcountry registration board. You must park and register at a backcountry registration board if you will be out overnight.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...