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Arch Rock Nature Trail

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Arch Rock Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 88 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no shade

no dogs

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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
11 days ago

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.

hiking
no shade
17 days ago

hiking
icy
no shade
snow
28 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

One of our favorite places to climb and explore around Joshua Tree. Cool rock formations, and plenty of room for exploring (plus, not as crowded as some locations at the park).

hiking
no shade
off trail
2 months ago

The parking lot for arch rock trail was at twin tanks trailhead. After crossing the road, arch rock trail is directly right but easy to pass. There’s no signs or markings to notice the trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Had a lot of fun exploring around the arch. Be careful hopping rock to rock, but definitely worth it to wander around to see all the unique granite formations. Do go clockwise once you get to the loop, so you hit the arch at the end of this short trail.

hiking
3 months ago

l arche est très sympa beaucoup de monde sur le sentier le sentier est peu ou mal indiqué comme souvent dans Joshua tree national park

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Lots of boulders, inspires playfulness!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Enjoyed the hike with these great scenic boulders. I made the hike longer than it should be as I wandered counterclockwise when I hit the loop and got into the Twin Tanks campsite. Go clockwise to hit Arch Rock when you get to the loop.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy walk to the arch, good for all ages.

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice walk through the rocks, plenty of opportunities to climb if you bring shoes and crash pad.

8 months ago

Short loop around some huge rocks! Climbing friendly!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Super easy and short hike with a nice reward at the end. Very “instagram friendly,” so beware of “influencers.”

hiking
9 months ago

This was a nice easy hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice stroll. Early am on a Monday no one there.

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