Arch Rock Nature Trail

EASY 34 reviews
#6 of 72 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
12 hours ago

hiking
27 days ago

1 month 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

3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Easy with steps, beautiful rock formations

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months 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.

4 months ago

5 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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