Hidden Valley Nature Trail

EASY 22 reviews
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twenty-nine Palms, 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 October.

1.0 miles 123 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Sample the best of Joshua Tree National Park on this short 1 mile nature trail loop in the heart of the park. If time or the fierce sun means you only have the chance for one short hike at Joshua Tree National Park, then Hidden Valley is a great choice. Encircled on all sides by the familiar golden rock outcroppings of the Joshua Tree park, Hidden Valley certainly lives up to is name. In addition to being a great sheltered location, this place is also rumored to have been well known to 19th century cattle rustlers who would hide their bovine hoards in here. The nature trail takes you on a circuitous route around some of the most prominent features of the park, including interpretive guides to the area's diversity, plant life and geology.

26 days ago

Great trail if you have toddlers in tow!

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1 month ago

Easy but beautiful hike with some very nice views.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Nice easy loop. Has plant life. Good for all ages

hiking
1 month ago

Was a really good start off hike today with my son along with many other great hikes out the day lot to see clean trail nice little cool cave as you come to the end nice people good vibes

hiking
2 months ago

A one mile loop completely surrounded by a circle of incredible rock formations and outcroppings. The sign at trailhead states approximately 1 hour???? For 1 mile!!
YEP, it's because with every step there is picture perfect scenery. You go slow because there is just too much to see. Trail has rock stairs at beginning and end of trail, but interior is very easy. Take water!!! And lots of pictures

hiking
3 months ago

Best short hike in the park. Rock formations surrounding the valley are fantastic and the plant diversity here is amazing. Get on this trail early to beat both the crowds and the heat of the day.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Fun, short hike with lots of opportunities to boulder around.

Visited December 2015

hiking
1 year ago

Easy loop. More crowded than other locations.

1 year ago

Beautiful hike. Excellent for all ages from young kids to 80+. Climbers to watch too. Best of the short hikes in the park.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice easy little hike with little kids to burn off energy and climb on some boulders!

hiking
2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Not for anyone with difficulty walking, as there are stairs and so forth cut into the rock and might be difficult, but it is one of the most beautiful hikes on the park. A lot of people use it, so no privacy. Lots of rocks and lots of climbers, so you are likely to get a show.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy loop but so great. the scenery is fantastic. Our boys could not get enough of the boulders!

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful short trail nestled in the fascinating rock formations.

2 years ago

Incredibly easy hike through some of the best scenery in the park.

2 years ago

Just like lots of the other short loops in Joshua Tree: easy, typical desert scenery. Lots of photo ops and chances to scramble on the rocks and boulders.

hiking
2 years ago

This is a great mile long loop. Easy peasy. Lots of opportunity for bouldering and photography. There is some rock climbing but I'm not familiar enough with activity to review what they are like.

hiking
3 years ago

Though this is a very easy hike and extremely short, it as absolutely amazing for photography. Surrounded by beautiful rock formations, tall green trees, and many Joshua trees. The temperature dropped about 10-15 degrees easily. We took the trail counter clockwise and it was awesome.

hiking
3 years ago

This is an easy little hike, perfect for a hot hot Joshua Tree afternoon. It's busy, but it's beautiful and really a gem in the desert. I loved the views and colors and character of this little patch of landscape a must-see in JTNP. Lots of climbing too.