Walking in Joshua Tree National Park is a journey through a variety of desert and rocky landscapes. Littered with Joshua Trees, it is filled with hiking trails and boulders for climbing. The park is the meeting place of the Mojave and Colorado deserts. Its higher elevation makes the air cooler than other Southern California locations. It has little light pollution, which makes it the perfect place to spend a night under the stars.
Walking Paths in Joshua Tree
- Arch Rock (0.5 miles roundtrip) is a nature trail filled with boulders perfect for climbing and a natural arch.
- Warren Peak (6 miles roundtrip) traverses its way up to a 5,103’ summit. While most of the walking paths in Joshua tree are fairly short, the Warren Peak trail is one of its longer pathways. It’s peak is home of numerous Joshua Trees and offers panoramic views Mt. San Jacinto and Mt San Gorgonio
- Hidden Valley (1 mile roundtrip) is an easy pathway through a small valley surrounded by large boulder piles.
- Ryan Mountain (3 miles roundtrip) has a summit which offers amazing 360° views of the park.
- Barker Dam (1.1 mile loop) travels past boulders and Joshua trees. It is also one of the best places in the park to catch a glimpse of the area’s bighorn sheep.
- Lost Palms Oasis (4 mile roundtrip) leads visitors to an oasis of California’s iconic fan palms.
- Cholla Cactus Garden (0.25 mile loop) is one of the shortest walking paths in Joshua Tree National Park, but it is also one of the most appealing. This area houses a dense population of the beautiful cholla cacti and is situated in a valley surrounded by stunning peaks.
Viewpoints in Joshua Tree National Park
- Keys View is a viewpoint offering breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley. It is especially stunning at sunset.
- Skull Rock is a large boulder. It features naturally carved indentions that remind visitors of a skull.
- Hall of Horrors is an area featuring large rocks perfect for climbing. It is another popular spot to watch the sunset.