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Arch Rock Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 88 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

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 campers only. Open all year, the Arch Rock Nature Trail features rock formations popular with the young crowd at Joshua Tree National Park.

Park at the campground or at a turn out on Pinto Basin Rd.

I-10 heading East, exit Hwy 62 and go up to Joshua Tree, turn right on Park Blvd. Enter Joshua Tree National Park. Parking is at Twin Tanks Backcountry Board/Arch Rock Nature Trail.

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Kelly Cruz
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HikingBugsRocky

Went around 6pm and it was perfect it wasnt too hot and climbing the rocks was fun. Definitely will be coming back again with my family it wasn’t hard at all and very short hike.

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Matt Haide
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HikingScramble

It took us a bit of time to find arch rock due to not having cell reception in the park, so make sure you download the map or know where you’re going prior, but it’s well worth it! And once we knew where to go it was very easy to get to, just not really many signs for it until you get to the site. Luckily that meant it was quiet and we didn’t have to fight crowds. We didn’t actually hike the loop; just went to the rock, but even that is nice.

Amanda Ahlmann
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Went on a night hike with my 14 year old son last night with my camera and tripod. He got to climb around and I got to take sweet pics of the arch and milky way. Came back with minor injuries. Because there are so many people trying to photograph, I suggest bringing red flash lights to limit light pollution for their photos and viewing pleasure. Very cool hike at night. Beware of little critters.

Rhett M.
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Hiking

Trail not really worth it. Just park at White Tank Campground to see the Arch/rocks.

Christina P.
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Hiking

Great short trail to see the mini arch rock. Bring tons of water and some good traction shoes if you wanna climb some of the rocks

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Alexander Losikov
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Hiking

Nice arche

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Daniel Lichtenstein
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HikingScramble

Gorgeous quick walk. Good pit-stop

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Nikki Custer
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HikingRockyScramble

Wonderful Hike before sunrise! There were a few people camping nearby but other than that we had the trail to ourselves at 5am. Great short little hike with areas to scramble over the boulders.

Gisela Riffel
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HikingNo shade

Nice flat walk, lots of flowers and wildlife. Arch itself is hard to find. To the back left of trail. Not too many people and all respectful of social distancing.

Douglas Sears
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Hiking

Most of the hike is across the desert to the rocks, then it’s basically scrambling to reach “the Arch”. It should not be difficult for anybody of decent health.

Ian Barker
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Hiking

Nice little walk with two and six year old. Fun scrambling and photo ops at the arch.

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Stefan Kieu
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Nice short walk. The arch rock was pretty.

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Alain Amador Mancera Leyva
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HikingRockyScramble

Easy hike and fun to do. Nice rock climbing.

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jehnjehn03 .
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Rick Jones
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HikingRocky
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Russ Bragg
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Hiking

Very nice trail, super flat trail leading to the area the Arch Rock is located. A couple of folks we were around had a hard time finding the Arch Rock. It is off of the trail on the backside of the loop at the end. Arch Rock was cool to visit, trail was easy with wildlife (rabbits) on trip in and out.

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Charlie Convery
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HikingNo shade

Another must see in J Tree- not really hiking just bring water

Bill Burke
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HikingNo shade

cool arch and lots of rocks to climb on and explore

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Cobey Cobb
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HikingNo shadeRocky

What an amazing place! I came to Joshua Tree to see this rock and then get on with a nice long hike. I wound up spending all day here! The sunsets are incredible. It’s only a mile, probably less, from a parking area. There are so many fun rocks to climb around on. I ended up staying up there after nightfall to get some shots of the stars. It was a nice day, around 65, and then it got COLD once the sun went down, so pack accordingly.

Alexis Nascimento
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HikingNo shade
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Brandon G
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HikingIcyMuddy
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Katherine Akemi
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HikingIcyNo shadeSnow

Pretty short and flat out-and-back walk. This trail was snowy when I went, and the iciness made it a little challenging. However the trail was still very easy to follow and the arch was accessible.

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