Arch Rock Nature Trail

EASY 45 reviews
#5 of 78 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 best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
22 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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 levels.

hiking
23 hours ago

walking
1 month ago

Cons - No real defined trail. Wander around from sign to sign means a lot of people have created false paths.
Pros - Views are spectacular - I recommend go at dusk - sun setting creates awesome photos. It's a big park!

1 month ago

Nestled inside the White Tank campgrounds.

The walk to the arch is short, but there are information plaques along the way detailing rock formations and geology. Fun to learn about the place.

The trail continues beyond Arch Rock, but I chose to not do serious hiking in the heat of summer. I don't think the trail loops around.

walking
2 months ago

Even though it's a very short walk, the rock formation is very cool and scenic especially at dusk

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this little hike. I didn't stay on trail because boulder was better. Lots of bees at arch.

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Easy Trail! Minutes away from campground.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Trail was a bit hard to follow. Rocks all around were great for kids to climb on but we had trouble finding trail back and so did others around us. Have to note that trail is out and in and not a loop like you would expect

8 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

Easy with steps, beautiful rock formations

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is an easy short walk that starts at the White Tank Campground. It offers great views of various rock formations and as advertised, of the only naturally occurring arch in the park.

Best of all, this is the only nature trail in the park that I know focuses on the rock formations and gives passers-by an idea of how the rocks were formed, including explanations of such things as 'cavernous weathering.' All the other informative guides on the trails point out various plants and how they were/are used by indigenous people.

Keep your eyes open for the trail guide posts ... there are often points where a guide post should be but isn't, and it's easy to get lost on this trail.

I would rank this trail at four stars except that it is just too short -- I wanted more geology!

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago