Arch Rock Nature Trail

EASY 134 reviews
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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
2 days ago

Cool area. Parking is weird. I would park at the campground.

24 days ago

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hiking
28 days ago

Very easy and plenty of areas to explore off trail. We climbed some boulders and explored past the arch. There is a campground right next to it.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a hike located just below 29 Palms on the east side of the park. Its short and easy with an natural arch at the end.

1 month ago

You hike to a campground - better trails in the park for sure

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike and nice rock formation. Tip: take picture from left bottom side of rock for best perspective

hiking
6 months ago

A short walk that can be done no matter how hot it is, which does come in handy in summer. Pretty rock formations around and we saw a rather impressive chuckawalla lizard.

hiking
6 months ago

It is a short and very easy trail. It does have some very interesting and beautiful rock formations. Great for taking pictures. The information signs are very informative and interesting.

hiking
8 months ago

Maybe I missed what was special about this, but I would personnally skip it. It's not very different then other small hike in the area. Of course if you are camping there, why not?

hiking
8 months ago

It's a short trail but maybe the most interesting one.

8 months ago

Great rock formations, lots of lookouts, and some different path compositions through the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

short and relaxing! awesome views and not crowded!

hiking
9 months ago

Very short hike but nice views and not too crowded.

hiking
10 months ago

A short and easy hike through some interesting rock formations and vegetation. The informational signs in the area are pretty neat. There’s fun to be had scrambling around the rocks.

The trail isn’t really labeled until you get up close, but it’s in the White Tank campground.

Definitely more “touristy” due to the short length and ease of the hike, but still fun to see. Would recommend doing this either earlier or later in the day to beat or follow the crowds as there is sometimes some congestion around Arch Rock.

10 months ago

short trail but hike around the arch for more views

hiking
10 months ago

Short hike but cool photo opportunity with the arch. If you feel adventurous there are rocks to scramble around. It’s a good hike to end the day.

hiking
10 months ago

Short easy hike with some opportunity for some cool easy rock climbing.

hiking
10 months ago

Short and sweet hike to a nice arch Rock! be early since parking is very limited

10 months ago

easy but dank

hiking
10 months ago

Lots of scrambling on rocks. Hard to find but keep looking and you’ll get there. This is also a camp site. Beautiful rock formations. Pictures don’t do it justice. Easy to get caught up and get lost.... but easy also easy to find your way back

11 months ago

Fun rocks to climb around on!

walking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It’s more of a walk than a hike, but the views are so beautiful.

rock climbing
Monday, January 01, 2018

A short walk rather than a real hike out from the parking area to an impressive group of rock formations. Lots of signs explaining the geological origins. We had a lot of fun climbing the boulders. This was pretty busy with visitors on New Year’s Day.

hiking
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Great opportunity for kids to climb. Right next to campgrounds.

hiking
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fun, short hike with some easy bouldering opportunities.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Nice short hike. Great for kids!

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Can get really crowded but a beautiful short hike with some fun rock scrambling.

hiking
Monday, November 20, 2017

Quick and easy hike with great camping spots nearby.

walking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

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!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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.

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