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Best trails in Joshua Tree National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Joshua Tree National Park, California? AllTrails has 113 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 65 moderate trails in Joshua Tree National Park ranging from 1.3 to 41.5 km and from 450 to 1,772 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Joshua Tree Wilderness was established in 1976 by The United States Congress and was later expanded by the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Today the park is managed by the National Parks Service and covers a total of 594,502 acres of California desert The park extended north into the Pinto Mountains, northeast into the Coxcomb Mountains, southeast into the Eagle Mountains, and southwest into the Little San Bernardino Mountains. The Eastern areas of the park contain the drier Colorado Desert. Here you will see creosote bushes, ocotillo, and "jumping" cholla cactus. The Western half of the park contains the Mojave Desert, where you will see ample Joshua trees, one of the most iconic desert plants. Throughout the park you may also find palm tree laden oases, bighorn sheep, lizards, rattlesnakes, birds, coyotes, jackrabbits, burrowing owls, and more wildlife. You'll also see Southern California's iconic desert landscape and it's fascinating geology. Rock formations and granite monoliths are all around you, attracting rock climbers and hikers alike. Stargazing and camping opportunities abound. Joshua Tree National Park is 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Diego, and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas. You can get there via Interstate 10 and Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway). The closest airport is in Palm Springs. There are three park entrance stations: 1) The west entrance is located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village. 2) The north entrance is in Twentynine Palms, three miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Utah Trail. 3) The south entrance at Cottonwood Spring, which lies 25 miles east of Indio, can be approached from the east or west, also via Interstate 10. Entering Joshua Tree National Park requires a pass ($20), which is to be paid at the park entrance.
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Map of trails in Joshua Tree National Park
Park information
Acreage
789745 acres
Contact
760-367-5500
Top trails (113)
#1 - Ryan Mountain Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1 h 56 m
This out and back hike to the summit of Ryan Mountain is one of the most popular trails in the park.Show more
#2 - Barker Dam Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 2.1 km • Est. 31 m
Barker Dam Nature Trail is a 2.1 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#3 - Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 1.6 km • Est. 29 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. 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 yoShow more
#4 - Lost Palms Oasis
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 11.6 km • Est. 3 h 36 m
Lost Palms Oasis is a 11.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mecca, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#5 - Arch Rock Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 1.9 km • Est. 33 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. Note: Please park at Twin Tanks Backcountry Board/Arch Rock Nature Trail lot. Do not park at the White Tank Campground as this area is for camperShow more
#6 - Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 4.5 km • Est. 1 h 33 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.Show more
#7 - Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 10.8 km • Est. 3 h 16 m
Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is a 10.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#8 - Skull Rock Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 2.7 km • Est. 48 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. This loop contains .5 miles of walking along the paved campground road. Alternatively, visitors could just hike from Skull Rock, through the JumShow more
#9 - Mastodon Peak Loop Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 4.2 km • Est. 1 h 19 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. This is a relatively easy hike. Lots of desert plants and flowers to see along with beautiful views. On clear days you can see the Salton Sea. ThShow more
#10 - Cholla Cactus Garden Nature Trail
Joshua Tree National Park
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Length: 0.3 km • Est. 5 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.Show more
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