• a bladderpod shrub covered in yellow flowers, with mountains in the background

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

Nature Trails

Trail Mileage Starting Point Features
Arch Rock .5-mile loop White Tank Campground,
opposite site 9
geology, including a natural arch
Bajada All-
Access
.25-mile loop South of Cottonwood; one-half mile from the southern entrance to the park accessible; plants of the Colorado Desert
Barker Dam 1.3-mile loop Just north of the Barker Dam parking area water tank built by early cattle ranchers
Cap Rock .4-mile loop Cap Rock parking area, at the junction
of Park Blvd. and Keys View Road
accessible; boulder piles, Joshua trees, and other plants of the Mojave Desert
Cholla Cactus Garden .25-mile loop 20 miles north of Cottonwood Visitor Center dense concentration of Cholla Cactus
Cottonwood Spring 1 mile Cottonwood Spring parking area palm oasis, cottonwood trees, plants and animals of the Colorado Desert
Hidden Valley 1-mile loop Hidden Valley picnic area rock-enclosed valley rumored to have been used by cattle rustlers
Hi-View 1.3-mile loop Northwest of Black Rock Campground views of Mt. San Gorgonio
Indian Cove .6-mile loop West end of Indian Cove Campground desert willows and Mojave yuccas, animals, and Indian habitation
Keys View .25-mile loop Keys View views of the San Andreas Fault, Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. San Gorgonio, and the Salton Sea
Oasis of Mara .5-mile loop Oasis Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms accessible; introduces an oasis habitat used extensively by early residents in the area
Skull Rock 1.5-mile loop Jumbo Rocks Campground boulder piles, desert washes, and a rock formation known as Skull Rock
 

Looking for longer trails? See our list of recommended day hikes.

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