Botanical Trail Guides

  • Color photo of water behind the man-made Barker Dam with the sun low on the horizon at sunset.
    Barker Dam Loop

    This trail is an easy 1.1-mile loop with minimal elevation gain.

  • Color photo of silver cholla backlit by sunset.
    Cap Rock Trail

    This trail is a 0.4-mile (0.6-km) loop with minimal elevation change.

  • Color photo of two people walking through a large cholla cactus stand.
    Cholla Cactus Garden

    Approximately 12 miles (20 km) south of the park's north entrance is the 0.25-mile (0.4-km) Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail.

  • Color photo of the night sky behind massive palm trees lit by artificial light.
    Cottonwood Spring and Mastodon Peak Loop

    This trail is located in the Colorado Desert portion of the park, in the scenic Eagle Mountains.

  • Color photo of sunrise as seen from Keys View looking out over the Salton Sea. It is very hazy/pink.
    Keys View

    Situated on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, this trail is a fully paved 500 foot (150 m) loop.

  • Color photo of massive palm trees with a rainbow in the background.
    The Oasis of Mara

    This short trail (0.5 mi/0.8 km) is located in Twentynine Palms at the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis of Mara Visitor Center.

  • Color photo of Skull Rock at sunset with small brush in front of it.
    Skull Rock Trail

    Start this dirt trail across the road from the entrance to Jumbo Rocks Campground or at the Skull Rock parking lot.

  • Color photo of a couple of Joshua trees in front of a large boulder with deep cracks.
    Split Rock Trail

    This trail begins in rocky terrain, crosses washes, ascends through boulder fields, and then winds through oak and pine woodland.

Last updated: July 20, 2017

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