Arch Rock Nature Trail

EASY 14 reviews
#7 of 52 trails in

Arch Rock Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, California 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 22 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

8 days ago

This is a shorter hike thru beautiful rock formations and desert. We did this trail in December, during a period where the park was having unprecedented levels of visitation, so it was packed.

The trail begins at a campground and vault toilets are available. Hikers with bee allergies should be careful depending on the time of year and water conditions. Apparently bees have been known to swarm in search of water.

The hike itself is nice and informative, but not marked the best. However it's so short that it's difficult to get lost. The various detours are cool thou. We encountered a rock that looked like the one from Indiana Jones.

I might suggest bringing gloves for those intending to climb Arch Rock, but otherwise it was not difficult at all.

Overall a decent stop.

21 days ago

1 month ago

Super easy hike, but the landscape is simply from another world.

1 month ago

7 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

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

walking
1 year 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
1 year 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.

2 years 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.

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!