Fortynine Palms Oasis Trailhead

A group of fan palms sits amongst a rocky canyon with rocky mountains in the background.

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Fortynine Palms Oasis Trailhead provides access to Fortynine Palms Oasis on a three mile out and back hike which is only open in the fall, winter and spring.The trail is on compact dirt with 300  feet of elevation gain in each direction.This trailhead is in a northern section of the park seperate from the rest of the park roads and is accessed by Canyon Road off of Highway 62 between Indian Cove and Twentynine Palms.

The trail is usually closed in the summer to allow bighorn sheep undisturbed access to surface water. The park is under drought conditions and herds in the area are increasingly reliant on the oasis spring to survive the hot summer months. The reopening date changes year to year and the summer closure remains in place until summer monsoons provide adequate rainfall to increase water availability. 

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Last updated: January 30, 2024