Arch Rock Nature Trail

EASY 12 reviews
#9 of 47 trails in

Arch Rock Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

0.5 miles 16 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

One of the rock formations popular with the young crowd at Joshua Tree National Park. Open all year to all skill level. This is a rock formation that many people are unaware of at Joshua Tree National Park

4 months ago

Easy walk with cool rock formations that are good for jumping on.

geocaching
6 months ago

6 months ago

Great hike. Unbelievable view. The stars are amazing. It was a little sketch hiking in the dark, but completely worth it.

walking
8 months ago

I think I was the only " tourist" who was looking for this rock formation. The only difficulty is finding it since it's only walking distance from a nearby parking curb. I also suggest exploring the other rock formations around the area

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Nice short hike with a cool arch to explore. Took 6 little ones on this trail and we explored for about 2 hours. A lot of boulders to jump on, climb under, just play. This was one of the shorter hikes we've been on in JT and also one of the favorites.

1 year ago

Short, sweet, and beautiful. On my worse days, I can make this hike, and the rewards are significant. Well travelled, so you will meet other hikers. Worth it.

walking
2 years ago

After hiking Contact Mine Trail, afterwards went to White Tank Campground to take a lunch break and walked around a little bit. I’ll need to revisit this location to really explore the rock formations; there are a lot in this campground that needs to be seen on the next adventure.

hiking
2 years ago

First heard about this boulder from a co-worker who referred to it as the "Snatch Rock,” there are other rock formations that are similar in US that resembles the female private area. Was curious where it was actually located, because if you were to search on line? It’s next to impossible to find any information where this is. At first I thought my co-worker was kidding around until he brought a photograph, we were all astonished. Believe it or not, one very famous movie star actually has mentioned it. It's like the secret in Joshua Tree National Park that only the partiers at YVHS would only know about. Those who have seen it are reluctant to share the location. After doing some serious research, finally found this unknown secret place. This boulder was interesting upon first glance; your initial reaction would be to laugh if your jaws didn't drop. There's really no name for this rock, so went ahead and named it "Holy Feminine Rock" to copy how Robin (in Batman) would add “Holy” to embellish a situation.

What’s hilarious if you ask any visitors if they ever heard of it? Majority have no clue, one woman responded "no I have seen the Holy Family Rock." Lol...

hiking
3 years ago

Heard this was easy, but WOW easy is not the word. I've hard harder walks to the mailbox. The trailhead says it's .5 miles which I don't think it is, maybe .25. Although it is very short and beyond easy, the arch is beautiful and lots a picture taking opportunities. A definite must see.

hiking
3 years ago

Super short hike with great views. Easy to take little ones on.

hiking
3 years ago

Super easy hike to see an iconic Joshua Tree rock formation. Starts at the White Tank campground. There's no water available at the campground so byo!